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Bonnie & Clyde was conceived by Don Black and Frank Wildhorn following their collaboration on Dracula, the Musical. It began as a 13-track demo recording before being molded into the full musical. The show had its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in California in 2009, with Laura Osnes as Bonnie and Stark Sands as Clyde. It won five San Diego Theatre Critics Awards that year. Following its success in California, Bonnie & Clyde opened at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Florida in 2010. Jeremy Jordan took over the role of Clyde in this production and its success led to the show’s debut on Broadway in later 2011. However, due to poor ticket sales, the show closed early after just four weeks. Despite its failure on Broadway, however, the musical was nominated for two Tony Awards, one for Laura Osnes as Actress in a Leading Role and one for the Wildhorn/Black team in Best Original Score. The show quickly achieved cult status and is popular across the world. Subsequent productions have been staged across America, Europe, and Japan.

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