Bonnie and Clyde In Concert showed in January 2022, running for only 2 nights and starred Frances Mayli McCann and Jeremy Jordan, who originated the role of Clyde in 2011 on Broadway. Following this came such amazing reviews and brought to light the cult following the show had here in the UK. It was clear a run was to be expected not long after. After a successful run at The Arts Theatre with Jordan Luke Gage as Clyde Barrow, the show has now moved to The Garrick Theatre.
Based on the true story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the notorious crime couple from 1930’s America, it is not difficult to see why fans and ‘The World Will Remember’ this show!
Bonnie and Clyde is written to reach all demographics and anybody aged 16+ will LOVE this show. From the vocals and story, to the minimalistic yet well used set design, the era appropriate costumes and the comedy and danger, there is something everybody will be wowed by.
The cast is small yet extremely hardworking and this shows as everybody excels at their roles and nobody gets lost in the background. Charlie McCullagh was on as Clyde and as a Swing he covers all male tracks in the show, but I am extremely glad I got to see his version of Clyde. As a performer he brought a real sense of edge and risk to the role, and the character seemed a lot more dangerous compared to the version portrayed by Jordan Luke Gage, who brings the more charming side, often used to describe Clyde which led to their popularity in the 1930’s. Despite his more dangerous take on the character, you could help but sympathise with him and what he went through and begin to understand why he ended up pursuing this life of crime. In addition to this, McCullagh’s vocals, especially during ‘Raise A Little Hell’ had you hooked on every word and desperate to hear more.
Frances Mayli McCann as Bonnie was sensational. You fell in love with her for the second she enters the stage and held that feeling until the curtain came down. Her voice is perfect from the role and whether she was making you laugh or cry, she makes you want the best for Bonnie too, and makes their ending even more heart-breaking.
Buck Barrow, portrayed by George Maguire, and Blanche Barrow, portrayed by Jodie Steele show the ups and downs of a relationship that everybody can understand, from the funny arguments and sassy comments made from Blanche and the love Buck has for her, despite all the crazy circumstances they are in, and you feel extremely sorry for both of them.
It will be a relief to all those who see the show to hear that a West End Soundtrack is in the works, because you will be leaving the theatre humming along to the amazing score, from the dark ballads to the large ensemble numbers, you’ll be able to get a taste through your headphones everyday.
At its core, Bonnie and Clyde is a story of the Great Depression and the extremes people had to suffer, but more importantly, it is a story about love, and the crazy scenarios loving the wrong person can lead you to. Whilst this run ends on the 20th May, this show will be spoken about long after its departure and we can only hope it returns soon.