Wanted: London’s Most Wanted Musical, and winner of Best New Musical at the WhatsOnStage Awards 2023! You want a tip-off? You can find them at The Garrick Theatre, in the heart of central London in the form of Bonnie & Clyde the Musical.
Romanticized by the media at the time, the story of Bonnie and Clyde was far from your traditional love story. However, despite their appalling legacy of violence, it was in fact their undeniable dedication and love for one another that has made its mark in the history books.
It is clear from the first line to the last as to why leads Frances Mayli McCann (Bonnie Parker) and Jordan Luke Gage (Clyde Barrow) were invited to reprise their roles, having both had a successful run with the show at The Arts Theatre and for McCann, in the concert at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Both displayed stellar, dynamic performances with playfulness, strength, and electric energy.
Credit must also be given to Jodie Steele (Blanche Barrow) and Cleve September (Ted Hinton), both of whom gave standout performances packed full of zest, versatility, and impressive vocals.
The show does a fantastic job of alluring you into a world that is fundamentally very dark, and yet, while we know how it ends, you are left in suspense, eagerly waiting to find out what twist will come next for this destructive duo.
Furthermore, the show’s distinctive soundtrack was delivered magnificently by the entire cast, showcasing indisputable talent and technique vocally, particularly during solo numbers ‘Raise a Little Hell’, and ‘Dyin’ Ain’t So Bad’, delivered by our two outstanding leads with ease.
If you’re looking to escape the modern day, and delve into a time of felony, devotion, and award-winning actors, look no further! Be sure to pay two of history’s most notorious rebel lovers a visit during their current season at the Garrick Theatre.
Review by Adam Tipping