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December 1, 2011

The No. 1 Reason To See: Bonnie & Clyde

by Jesse North

bonnie and clyde broadway musical posterJust as history saw two youths rise to infamy with their acts of crime, Broadway ushers in two fresh talents to stardom in the new musical Bonnie & Clyde. Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan sizzle as the two misguided lovers whose robberies and killings led to their early deaths. A score by Broadway vet Frank Wildhorn and Don Black sets Bonnie and Clyde’s story of fast fame and swift extinguishment to the background of a pop country set.

The No. 1 Reason To See Bonnie & Clyde: Laura Osnes and Melissa Van Der Schyff singing “You Love Who You Love”
Just as Act I reaches its midpoint and character development seems to be needing a boost, the show’s two female leads burst into three-dimensional passion and pain in the song “You Love Who You Love.” Osnes as Bonnie sings with Melissa Van Der Schyff as Blanche about their love for their misguided, troublesome men (Clyde and his brother Buck, respectively). Wildhorn’s country melody perfectly locks into place with the actresses’ voices as they examine the common sense of love and how such a thing really doesn’t exist. What elevates the song higher, however, is Osnes and Van Der Schyff’s creation of a staggeringly truthful on-stage moment between these two women, who do not like each other, but for this instant, understand one another on this fundamental level. “You Love Who You Love” is pop-radio ready and will most likely become the newest audition-song obsession for female musical theater majors across the country.

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Photo: Nathan Johnson

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