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Best New Musical 2023: Bonnie and Clyde Theatre Review

Of course you’ve heard of Bonnie and Clyde. But did you know it was made into a musical? And an award winning one at that!

Bonnie & Clyde Production Photos Leicester Curve 22nd Feb 2024 ©Richard Davenport

Winner for best new musical at WhatsonStage 2023, Bonnie and Clyde is on it’s first UK tour and we are so excited to welcome it to the North East.

Every one had heard of this duo, but being honest before I saw the show, I knew very little about the hell raisers. I only knew it through Beyonce and Jay-Z and little did I know that this would be one of the best musicals I’ve seen in a long time!

This story is not just about the love struck couple, but about the impact they had on others lives around them.

Bonnie & Clyde Production Photos Leicester Curve 22nd Feb 2024 ©Richard Davenport

We meet Bonnie played by Katie Tonkinson, in her hometown where she lives with her beautiful mother and longs for fame. From the get go, you see a strong powerful woman meant for much more. Alongside her we also meet a young Clyde played by Alex James Hatton who worked on a farm and life didn’t give him much.

He chose crime with his sidekick brother and we meet “Buck” played by Sam Ferriday. Both Clyde and Buck have two distinct voices. Buck more gritty and Clyde…well…one of the smoothest voices I’ve ever heard. His vocals throughout the who show were impeccable and faultless. The stage is full of powerful duo’s and this is one of them. They sing together in a scene about the love of cars and I was super impressed with the vocal ability and dancing scene of the pair. It was beautifully choregraphed by Nick Winston, director and choreographer of the show.

Bonnie & Clyde Production Photos Leicester Curve 22nd Feb 2024 ©Richard Davenport

Buck’s wife, Blanche was played by stand in Oonah Cox who blew me away. I would have never guessed that when I saw her, it was her first time in this role acting in for the missing Catherine Tydesley. She was a natural. Her role brought compassion and she even made me shed a tear at one point but I wont spoil it.

But this lady’s vocals, were amazing. Her rifts and the ability to master the chords and the accent was amazing. Of course she played part in the double act of Buck and Blanche, but also when the two ladies sang together on stage it was breath taking. Blanche and Bonnie together perfected the harmony and I wished we had more songs with the both of them.

Bonnie & Clyde Production Photos Leicester Curve 22nd Feb 2024 ©Richard Davenport

The main double act had so much chemistry on stage. Katie and Alex were the perfect casting for the show. They show us what true romance and love looks like till the very end. Both longing for love, for fame. It’s not hard to see why people loved them as they were both incredibly sexy on stage. Having amazing voices and talent helps too!

The show takes us on the love journey they have and what led up the last days. Let’s just say they went out with a BANG!

Bonnie & Clyde Production Photos Leicester Curve 22nd Feb 2024 ©Richard Davenport

There was one particular song that stood out to me for the music alone. Raise a little Hell had me wanting to rock out in my seat. I honestly feltlike Alex was a star in this song. It felt like it was written for him and his tone of voice and is going straight on my spotify list.

The brand new musical will be here until 23rd March 2023 you don’t want to miss out.

Grab your tickets now.

*gifted tickets but opinions are my own

Finally, if you are looking for other UK tours to go and watch, read my other theatre reviews here

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