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Bonnie and Clyde is a stage musical with music by Frank Wildhorn. It presents a deliberately fictionalized account of the two criminals' rise to fame, showing it beginning as a romance between a good girl and a bad boy.

It was not historically accurate, but was not meant to be. It premiered in December and ran for less than one hundred performances, joining several of his works which were known to be flops.

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However, it did end up leading Jeremy Jordan and Laura Osnes to stardom, and has since, at least among theatre geeks, become an Acclaimed Flop.

Not to be confused with the film of the same name.


Bonnie and Clyde includes examples of:

  • Dark Reprise: "God's Arms Are Always Open" is originally sung at a church, where Clyde's brother Buck turns himself in to the police after his escape. The reprise is a duet between him and his wife, Blanche, as he dies in her arms, with her assuring him that he can still make it to heaven.
  • Death Song: The reprise of "God's Arms Are Always Open" is one for Buck.
  • "I Want" Song: "Picture Show", the opening number, showcases young Bonnie's desire to be an actress and Clyde's desire to become an outlaw in the same vein as Billy the Kid.

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