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Legendary Bank Robbers/Lovers 'Bonnie and Clyde' Take The Stage In Stamford

Arielle Boutin and William Bednar star as Bonnie and Clyde.
Arielle Boutin and William Bednar star as Bonnie and Clyde. Photo Credit: Submitted

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Possibly the most famous and most romanticized criminals in American history - Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow – will be back at their old tricks when "Bonnie and Clyde, The Musical" opens in The Kweskin Theatre in Stamford on Nov. 13.

Arielle Boutin and William Bednar star as the lovers and bank robbers who engaged on a violent spree of robberies and killings that ended with their deaths in an ambush by police.

Their death helped marked the end of the Public Enemy era in the 1930s when bank robbers and other criminals achieved notoriety for the crimes during the Great Depression.

Their names have become synonymous with an image of Depression-era chic, a world where women chomped cigars and brandished automatic rifles, men robbed banks and drove away in squealing automobiles, and life was lived fast because it would be so short.

The musical, which bears as little resemblance to the 1967 film as the film did to reality, picks up our couple as children when Bonnie Parker dreams of being a movie star like Clara Bow, and Clyde Barrow dreams of being Billy The Kid or Al Capone – both of whom he equates with being latter day Robin Hoods. Those sustaining dreams only intensify when they both grow up in rural west Dallas. Bonnie becomes a waitress in a dead-end café and Clyde becomes a small-time crook robbing mom-and-pop stores with his brother Buck to the dismay of Buck’s wife Blanche, the only one of them with a developed conscience.

“The story of murderous criminals may seem like a strange choice to turn into a musical, but look at "Sweeney Todd" and other devilishly wonderful musicals,” said Lou Ursone, Curtain Call executive director and producer for "Bonnie and Clyde."

Oddly enough, the director for this production, George S. Croom, directed Curtain Call’s wildly successful production of "Sweeney Todd" in 2011.

With lyrics by Don Black and book by Ivan Menchell, this production contains adult themes and situations and therefore is not suitable for all ages. Think NC17.

"Bonnie and Clyde" will play Nov. 13 through Dec. 12, with Friday and Saturday evening shows at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoon shows at 2 p.m. Two Thursday evening performances at 8 p.m. are scheduled for Dec. 3 and 10.

Regular tickets prices are $32 for adults, $24 for senior citizens and $16 for students and children. Thrifty Thursday pricing – all seats $22. Box Office: 203-461-6358 or online at www.curtaincallinc.com. Discounted FLEX PASS SUBSCRIPTIONS are on sale now and offer savings of more than 25 percent off regular adult prices.

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