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Bonnie and Clyde, the Musical
a Musical
CATEGORY : DRAMA MUSICAL
by Ivan Henchell (book), Frank Wildhorn (music), Don Black (lyrics)

COMPANY : Peachtree Players
VENUE : Cumming Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 5531

SHOWING : May 30, 2019 - June 23, 2019

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

"Bonnie and Clyde" is a thrilling and sexy musical with a non-traditional score, combining blues, gospel and rockabilly music. The story is based on the life of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, outlaws during the Great Depression.


CAST & CREW LIST
Dane Croxton Dane Croxton
Bonnie Parker Kealy Ford
Judge/Sheriff/Teller Mike McRay
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REVIEWS

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Killing It
by playgoer
Saturday, June 29, 2019
3.0
"Bonnie and Clyde" has a simple set at the School Street Playhouse in Cumming -- flats with a recycled barn lumber look flanking a platform made from pallets. At the start of the show, there’s a representation of a car atop the platform. Other set pieces are moved on and off as needed. Music covers set changes when needed, but there’s not a lot of time wasted during the changes.

Lighting is more complex, illuminating different parts of the stage during scenes in which focus rapidly changes from one spot to another and then back. Actors don’t always remain squarely within the limits of a spotlight, but there are no glaring missteps in lighting. Together with period costumes and props, this is a fairly good-looking production.

Sound is a bit more problematic. The pre-recorded tracks of the musical score vary in style and in the type of accompaniment, but the volume is kept at a high level throughout. To allow voices to be heard, the volume on the singers’ microphones is pumped up to the point of muddiness. It’s a bit problematic in a musical when dialogue can be pretty readily understood and songs cannot be.

Peachtree Players’ production is definitely a community theatre production, with the consequent inconsistencies in talent. The two leads are terrific. Dane Croxton, as Clyde Barrow, has leading man good looks and a strong, true voice. Kealy Ford, as Bonnie Parker, has the looks and stage presence of a star-struck teenager, with a terrific voice. Sarah Serena Thompson, as the child version of Bonnie, is also terrific. The rest of the cast supports them ably, with Brian Slayton equaling their vocal talent as Ted, a lawman with feelings for Bonnie. Generally, the larger the role, the better the performance.

Director Alicia Lane Dutton has put together a creditable production of a dramatic musical. The choreography is pretty basic, but both dramatic and comic moments get the expected reactions. The show may not have been a success on Broadway, but Cumming is enjoying a production that gives the show its due. With a varied score and a clear storyline, it’s entertaining, if not transcendent. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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