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'Bonnie & Clyde' musical to debut at Aurora Theatre
'Bonnie & Clyde' musical to debut at Aurora Theatre

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- It's not often that a Broadway-caliber musical holds its world premiere in Gwinnett County, but a team of some of the Great White Way's finest is about to stage a brand new production at the Aurora Theatre.

With book by Hunter Foster and music and lyrics by Rick Crom, Bonnie & Clyde: A Folktale will storm the Aurora stage in March.

The theater's associate producer, Ann-Carol Pence, will serve as the show's musical director. She discovered the production during the New York Musical Theatre Festival and  worked hard to bring it to Georgia.

"What originally spoke to me about Bonnie & Clyde: A Folktale was its irreverent comic sensibility and laugh-out-loud humor," Pence said. "The music and lyrics are superbly intertwined and propel the story forward, which is hard to find in a lot of the new musicals."

Veteran Broadway director Lonny Price has signed on as director. Foster, a Georgia native, joined Price in Lawrenceville to cast the show earlier this month.

The Aurora Theatre is providing this description of the show:

Funny, tuneful and historically dubious, Bonnie & Clyde: A Folktale is a good ol' musical about the bad ol' days. Set in Depression-era Texas, the story follows America's most romantic gangsters. Bonnie and Clyde outwit and outrun a relentless J. Edgar Hoover to the delight of the poor and downtrodden, as their relationship blossoms from "strictly business" to passionate romance.

"Ironically, the Depression-era sentiment toward our government and the banking industry mirrors the frustrations of the very people sitting in our theatre," Pence said.

Aurora Theatre producing artistic director Anthony Rodriguez is proud that Bonnie & Clyde: A Folktale will debut at his venue.

"We see the potential for tremendous growth and national recognition through fostering new musicals," he said. "How extraordinary for our patrons to get to see a show on its way to Broadway or before winning its first Tony or Drama Desk Award."

Bonnie & Clyde: A Folktale will run from Mar. 15 to Apr. 8. It will play Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. Matinees will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets prices range from $25 to $35; a discount $16 matinee will be held at 10 a.m. on Apr. 4.

The Aurora Theatre is located at 128 East Pike Street in Lawrenceville. Learn more at www.auroratheatre.com.

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