Following a string of highly successful local premieres of ‘Les Misérables’ (2012), ‘Evita’ (2013) and ‘The Beautiful Game’ (2014), Stoke Youth Musical Theatre Company is bringing yet another ‘first’ to North Staffordshire when their latest production takes to the stage in March.
Emily Di-Silvestro and Joe Readman star in the title roles in a 32-strong Stoke Youth Company which includes local performers Hannah Brown and Keiron Quinn from Stone and Emma Sanders from Yarnfield.
‘Bonnie & Clyde’ is a relatively new musical which world premiered in La Jolla, California, only 6 years ago. It made its Broadway debut in 2011. Subsequent productions have since been staged internationally in Australia, Japan and Korea.
The music is by Frank Wildhorn (probably most famous for the hugely successful Broadway and West End Musical ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ and for Whitney Houston’s International Number One Hit ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go?’) with lyrics by Don Black and a book by Ivan Menchell.
Based on a true story and the American biographical crime film of 1967 directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in the title roles, the show is set in the in the USA during the early 1930’s when a young Bonnie Parker falls in love with Clyde Barrow, a criminal on the run from the law. Their love affair soon spirals out of control, as Bonnie & Clyde commit a series of bank robberies. As their notoriety (and body count) rises, the ill-fated lovers find themselves racing to the top of the Public Enemies list.
The musical centres on Bonnie & Clyde whose story has been infamous since they achieved folk hero status during the Great Depression. The composer, Frank Wildhorn, describes the music as a
“non-traditional score, combining rockabilly, blues and gospel music.”
It’s certainly a show not to be missed and another great first for North Staffordshire from Stoke Youth Musical Theatre Company. The production is directed by Craig Armstrong with musical direction by Matthew Davis.
‘Bonnie & Clyde is being presented at the Mitchell Arts Centre in Hanley from Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st March each evening at 7.30 p.m. There is a matinee on Saturday 21st March at 2.30 p.m.
Tickets can be booked simply and easily online from the Stoke Youth website – www.stokeyouth.org – or by calling the ticket hotline – 01782 616 486.