Nearly 10 years of work culminated when Clyde ’n Bonnie: A Folktale made its premiere in suburban Atlanta to a sold-out audience at Aurora Theatre on March 15, 2012. After nightly standing ovations and rave reviews, the sold-out performances have become an every day event. In fact, shows are sold-out over a week in advance, which these days is a very rare occurrence for a regional theatre producing a brand new work. Aurora Theatre has juggled its jam-packed schedule to extend Clyde ’n Bonnie: A Folktale for one additional week through April, 15 2012, and then the hit musical absolutely must close.
Clyde ’n Bonnie: A Folktale, created by Broadway stars Hunter Foster and Rick Crom, is directed by legendary Broadway veteran and Emmy™ Award-winning director Lonny Price. With choreography by Josh Rhodes and musical direction by local award-winner Ann-Carol Pence, the show stars the delightful J.C. Long and Laura Floyd in the title roles. The production is buoyed by a stellar supporting cast with standout performances form Bart Hansard as J. Edgar Hoover and as the evening’s brash master of ceremonies, the amazing Karen Howell. The musical is set in a quaint southern town, where each year the townsfolk pay homage to their favorite anti-heroes with a theatrical performance. In it, America’s most romantic gangsters outwit and outrun a relentless J. Edgar Hoover to the delight of the poor and downtrodden, as their relationship changes from “strictly business” to passionate romance. Funny, tuneful and historically dubious, Clyde ‘n Bonnie: A Folktale is a good ol’ musical about the bad ol’ days.
In the Clyde ‘n Bonnie spirit, Aurora Theatre feels “kinda sorry fer” those institutions that were the targets of these real-life romantic robbers and the butt of many of the jokes in this clever musical…the banks. With that in mind, during the extension week, Aurora Theatre is offering a $5 off discount to all bank and credit union employees with their ticket purchase.
For people who want to see more new musical development in this region, support through ticket sales, donations and sponsorships are vitally important. In recent years, Atlanta has become a significant regional proving ground for future Broadway musicals, and Aurora Theatre has a commitment to working with these creators and fostering their work.
“When we have a hit show like Clyde ‘n Bonnie: A Folktale , it has a valuable positive impact for our community,” explains Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez. “This show casts Atlanta and Gwinnett in a very positive light nationally while the visitors stimulate the local economy and tourism.” With the much-anticipated production of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a musical by Stephen King with music and lyrics by John Mellencamp at the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre in April, Atlanta should be considered the epicenter of the new Broadway musicals.