Broadway’s Bonnie & Clyde Will Close on 12/30

The unfortunate news is out! Bonnie & Clyde, Frank Wildhorn’s newest Broadway show, is closing on December 28th.

I was planning on seeing it with my students this upcoming February, and that is why I received the email above.

At least, Jeremy Jordan can re-attach himself to Newsies, because he was amazing in it!

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14 thoughts on “Broadway’s Bonnie & Clyde Will Close on 12/30

  1. What is it about Frank Wildhorn musicals that won’t stay open long enough for me to get to NY to see them??? I was dying to see Wonderland and it closed the day I got into New York. Now this one too? I’m so sad about this.

  2. Wonderland was ghastly, be glad you saved your money. Great performances, but a clunky and hackneyed story with forgettable songs. That is why Wildhorn shows only last a month.

  3. I saw Bonnie & Clyde in November and thought it was a terrific show – the musical score, the singer actors, the staging – who could ask for more. I read five reviews of the musical and thought that the reviewers had a personal axe to grind against Frank Wildhorn, who is a genius composer!

    Rather than having “professional reviewers critque the show ….. it would be most interesting to have some customers reviews of the show printed alongside the critics reviews. This wouls certainly be a truer representation of what the show is really liked.

    Audience members who sat near me in the theatre were very enthusiastic about this show. The internet is praised for its interactive ability…this should be a hallmark way to involve the public with their important input and let others know their feelings about any media presentations. Thank you for listening.

    Stan Topor

  4. I had a group scheduled to go see the show on January 7th. Not only did I receive a similar notice but I have also received credit to my AMEX card for my tickets already.

  5. I am shocked. I saw Bonnie & Clyde with a friend and we both thought it was excellent. The music was great, you could even understand the words to the songs. Others in the audience seemed to really enjoy.

    It seems to me that many of the reviewers just didn’t get it. They had in their minds the way the story “should be” and refused to accept that this was more a story of the couple, then of their crimes. I agree with Stan , real people should be able to review plays and have our opinions count. I realize reviewers think that they are ‘experts” but this is, in the long run hurting Broadway. No one wants to produce something that is slightly different because it will get panned. Limited shows help keep prices way high!

  6. I’m a real person, and I didn’t like the show. Most of the songs are forgettable. The story lacks resonance and depth. The design work is outstanding, and there are some very strong performances. But the story is weak and the music is bland, and I just couldn’t wait for it to be over.

  7. So Bonnie and Clyde join the company of Ragtime and A Tale of Two Cities all musicals that should have stayed longer.

    The critics did a job on this one! I am happy to say I saw all three of these shows and enjoyed them.

  8. You can’t blame the critics for closing a show. Plenty of critically panned shows are commercially successful. And plenty of critically praised shows are financial flops. It’s not the critics’ job to sell tickets. It’s their job to provide an artistic evaluation to help audiences choose how best to spend their time and money.

  9. Exactly. Critics no longer close shows anymore. “Caroline or Change” got excellent reviews and remains one of the most powerful works of contemporary American musical theater that I have ever seeing. Also “Grey Gardens”, “Passing Strange” and “Fela”. All this projects had a very short life simply because audiences did not come to see them, despite glowing notices. Meanwhile, you get junk like “Sister Act”, “Priscilla”, “Spiderman” and others, panner by critics, but loved by thousands who keep them running. So, ultimately, the audience has the power. “Bonny & Clyde” is closing because it is truly not good, and most people who see it can’t recommend it to anyone. “Wonderland” was a torment to watch. How can they put up millions to produce these disasters while other new, emerging composers with something new/different to say, cannot get their work financed? It is a sad and dire reality for the theater in the U.S. And give average people the chance to become reviewers, you’ll have people with no informed criteria making statements, thus lowering the standards of artistic integrity nationwide. That is very dangerous.

  10. That’s not quite what I was saying. I think it’s great that everyone’s opinions are out there. Discerning theater-goers are likely to be able to weigh those opinions based on the perceived expertise of the lay reviewer. They can do this by seeing whether they agree with a lay reviewer’s past opinions on shows the reader has seen. Readers do that with professional reviews, too. I know many people who know they usually agree with Isherwood and/or usually disagree with Brantley (or vice versa). I often agree with Brantley, but I suspect I would disagree with his praise for Lysistrata Jones if I subjected myself to that show. But just like we don’t want unsophisticated reviews by infrequent theater-goers to keep theater enthusiasts from shows they are likely to enjoy, we also don’t want sophisticated professional reviews to dupe low-brow viewers into wasting their money on things they aren’t likely to enjoy. There’s room for all levels and kinds of reviews. More information is better.

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