TheatEAR Newsflash: Bonnie & Clyde, and Newsies

It’s been just about a week since I posted the Newsies signage showing at the Nederlander Theatre. (So exciting!) And there may be a few other developments too.

Bittersweet developments, if you ask me.

Way, way back, I mentioned that I bought Bonnie & Clyde tickets basically just to see Jeremy Jordan (who played Jack Kelly in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Newsies) perform again. I am pretty much in the minority when I say I loved this show. (Well, if you look at the reviews. There are plenty of audience members out there who thought that show was fabulous.) Not a huge shock but Jeremy was absolutely amazing (even though the story wasn’t the strongest) and frankly, the entire cast was the best I have seen in a long time. Sadly, it was announced last week that Bonnie & Clyde will play only 69 performances on Broadway because it will be officially closing its doors on December 30th.

It’s unfortunate or an original show that is so much better than The Addams Family (a tourist trap if you ask me) – a show that has played over a year. I’ve read complaints that they don’t tell enough of Bonnie and Clyde’s story. And that may be true but I was curious enough to look it up afterwards. Like who knew Bonnie wrote poetry? I actually have never seen the Bonnie & Clyde movie, nor read anything about them. I think a show should SPARK your interest, not tell you every little thing. Here, Bonnie & Clyde did its job.

This was not a family show, but one I could see the YA crowd latching on to and obsessively grabbing seats as often as they could. If you get over the fact that Clyde is robbing and killing people, there is an intriguing love story there. Similar to Romeo and Juliet, just different. Here we have two kids who dreamed of being something and ended up on the run but risking it all to stay in contact with their families. Instead of sparkly dance numbers, there are gunshots, some heavy make out sessions, and an effective set, driving home the truths that inspired this musical. And the singing makes me want to melt. Melt, seriously. I cannot stop humming or singing parts of the songs. (Santa, can I please have a cast album at some point, please?)

So if you are in the New York area in the next two weeks and feel like giving something new and worthwhile a try, check out Bonnie & Clyde. (Hint: There are discounts available at Broadwaybox.com.)

And for those who won’t be able to make it into the city during two of the busiest weeks of the year, here’s a clip of Bonnie & Clyde:


While I’m pretty bummed about this news, it’s nice to think that Jeremy (crosses fingers and toes) may be available to play Jack Kelly in Newsies, when it starts in March. So far no casting announcements have been made, just a few ads for auditions floating around.
It’ll be interesting to see what actually happens in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, Playbill.com did a fun feature today about which Glee characters should star in which Broadway shows. (I’m a huge Glee fan!) I loved that they thought dancer extraordinaire Mike Chang should join the cast of Newsies. I second that motion!

For all those Jeremy Jordan fans, catch him in Joyful Noise, a movie with Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, on January 13th. (I saw the preview before The Muppets and was giddy with excitement.) Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s about competing choirs but I’m just as much of a fan of movies with singers as I am of the ones with tons of dancing (not concentrating on the storyline so much…)

Until next time…

Just kidding… here’s another clip from B&C. The song is “How Bout a Dance?”

If I hooked you even a little bit on this show, I definitely suggest checking out the official B&C YouTube page for more music and clips!

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