Saturday, September 2, 2017

OPENING: Chicago Premiere of Musical Story BONNIE & CLYDE Via Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit

Chi, IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar:

Kokandy Productions Presents the Chicago Premiere of
Book by Ivan Menchel 
Music by Frank Wildhorn, Lyrics by Don Black
Directed by Spencer Neiman 
Music Direction by John Cockerill
Choreography by Aubrey Adams

August 27 – October 15, 2017 at Theater Wit

Tonight ChiIL Live Shows will be ChiILin' on Chicago's north west side in the Belmont Theatre Corridor at one of our favorite multi stage venues, Theater Wit. Check back soon for our full review. As a child named Bonnie, "Where's Clyde" jokes were the bane of my existence, but I'm eager to catch acclaimed Kokandy Productions' Chicago premiere musical about the infamous mass murdering duo.

 Kokandy Productions is pleased to continue its 5th anniversary season with the Chicago premiere of BONNIE & CLYDE, the musical story of two small-town nobodies searching for meaning at the height of the Great Depression from the creative team of Frank Wildhorn, Ivan Menchell and Don Black. Directed by Spencer Neiman, with music direction by John Cockerill and choreography by Aubrey Adams, BONNIE & CLYDE will play August 27 – October 15, 2017 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. 

 Tickets: Regular run $33 - $38. 
Sunday, September 3 – Sunday, October 15, 2017
Curtain Times: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 3 pm. Please note: there will be added matinee performances on Saturday, September 30 at 3 pm, Saturday, October 7 at 3 pm and Saturday, October 14 at 3 pm.

 Tickets are currently available at, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office. 

Photo by Evan Hanover

BONNIE & CLYDE will feature Desiree Gonzalez as Bonnie, Max DeTogne as Clyde, Missy Wise as Blanche and Cisco Lopez as Buck. The cast also includes Patrick Tierney as Ted, Nathan Carroll as Preacher, Tia L. Pinson as Young Bonnie, Jeff Pierpoint as Young Clyde and Sarah Hayes as Emma, with an ensemble including Brittney Brown, Erin Creighton, Ann Delaney, Jacob Fjare, Jon Patrick Penick, Maisie Rose and Jonathan Schwart.

BONNIE & CLYDE centers on real-life Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the ill-fated lovers and outlaws whose story has been infamous since they achieved folk hero status at the height of the Great Depression. Fearless, shameless and alluring, the Tony Award-nominated musical from the legendary Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, Civil War, Dracula) is the electrifying story of love, adventure and crime that captured the attention of an entire country, with a non-traditional score featuring blues, gospel and rockabilly music.

The world premiere of BONNIE & CLYDE was presented at La Jolla Playhouse in 2009, and transferred to Broadway in 2011. There, it was nominated for three Outer Critics Circle Awards and five Drama Desk Awards (both including Best New Musical), as well as two 2012 Tony Awards nominations.

The production team for BONNIE & CLYDE includes: Ashley Ann Woods (scenic design), Robert S. Kuhn (costume design), Alexander Ridgers (lighting design), Michael J. Patrick (sound design), Jaq Seifert (violence/intimacy design), Allison Hendrix (asst. music director), Lindsay Brown (production manager) and Kait Samuels (stage manager).

About The Creative Team
Spencer Neiman (Director) returns to Kokandy Productions, previously working as a director with the company's New Works Initiative. Credits include work with The Hypocrites, Griffin Theatre Company, Windy City Playhouse, co-founder/director of site-specific, new work event series party/theater/party and associate director for Million Dollar Quartet on Norwegian Cruise Lines. Spencer has recently gotten involved in local politics and serves as the Volunteer Outreach Coordinator for Ameya Pawar's gubernatorial campaign. Proud Northwestern graduate. 

John Cockerill (Music Director) is a collaborative pianist, vocal coach and music director, and he’s delighted to be working on his first show with Kokandy Productions! Recent credits include: María de Buenos Aires (Des Moines Metro Opera), Xanadu (American Theatre Company), and High Fidelity (Refuge Theatre Project). He was a featured pianist on the premiere recording of Ross Crean’s opera, The Great God Pan (Navona Records, 2017), and he’ll be joining Chicago Fringe Opera for their upcoming season of As One and The Great God Pan. 

Aubrey Adams (Choreographer) is a Chicago performer and choreographer, whose choreography was recently Jeff nominated for BoHo Theatre’s production of Urinetown. Other recent credits include associate choreographer for Trevor at Writers Theatre, assistant choreographer for Mamma Mia and A Christmas Story at The Paramount Theatre.

About Kokandy Productions
Kokandy Productions seeks to leverage the heightened reality of musical theater to tell complex and challenging stories with a focus on contributing to the development of Chicago-based musical theater works while raising the profile of Chicago’s storefront musical theater community. Kokandy Productions is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization.

The company's artistic staff is comprised of John D. Glover (Artistic Producer), Allison Hendrix (Producing Artistic Director) and Scot T. Kokandy (Executive Producer).

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