2014 Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Awards
Posted on September 8, 2014 by Kelsey Ervi

WaterTower Theatre received 7 Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Awards: Oustanding Direction - Terry Martin, Dogfight Outstanding Touring Production - Trick Boxing, at the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival Outstanding Performance by an Actor - Joey Folsom, Hank Williams: Lost Highway Outstanding
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October 10 - November 2, 2014

Book by Ivan Menchell
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Frank Wildhorn

Sponsored by American Bank of Commerce, The Pinnacle Family of Companies, WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors

This new musical blends the music of Frank Wildhorn ( Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel ) with the electrifying love story of two of Texas’ most famed outlaws. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were two dreamers that found their way into violent circumstances. Their adventurous story captured the attention of an entire nation!

Stuck in a dead-end job in depression era Texas, young Bonnie Parker falls for charismatic Clyde Barrow. Fearless, shameless, and alluring, their electrifying story of love, adventure, and crime captured the excited attention of an entire country. As their fame, notoriety — and body count — rise; the ill-fated lovers find themselves racing toward an inevitable end.

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Announcing Cast & Creative Team for BONNIE & CLYDE

ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced the cast for the musical Bonnie & Clyde, with music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Don Black, and book by Ivan Menchell,runningOctober 10—November 2, 2014 at the Addison Theatre Centre.  The ensemble cast stars John Campione as Clyde Barrow, Kayla Carlyle as Bonnie Parker, David Price as Buck Barrow, Sarah Elizabeth Smith as Blanche Barrow, Anthony Fortino as Ted Hinton, Sonny Franks as the Preacher, Alexandra Doke as Young Bonnie, and Andy Stratton as Young Clyde.   The ensemble features Daron Cockerell, Brigitte Goldman, Clinton Greenspan, Kyle Igneczi, Hunter Lewis, Christia Mantzke, Michael Scott McNay, Kelly Nickell, Alan Pollard and Willy Welch.

Bonnie & Clyde is made possible, in part, by ABC Bank, Pinnacle Family of Companies, and the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors.  

Many of the cast will be making their WaterTower Theatre stage debuts in Bonnie &Clyde, including Daron Cockerell, Alexandra Doke, Anthony Fortino, Brigitte Goldman, Clinton Greenspan, Hunter Lewis, Michael Scott McNay, Kelly Nickell, and Andy Stratton.

The creative team for Bonnie & Clyde is led by Director René Moreno.  The team includes Mark Mullino as Music Director, Kelly McCain as Choreographer, Sarah Brown as Set Designer, Michael Robinson as Costume Designer, Dan Schoedel as Lighting Designer, and Scott Guenther as Sound Designer.   The Assistant Director is Kelsey Leigh Ervi, and Vicki Caroline Cheatwood is the Dramaturg.

Bonnie & Clydeis a musical with the book by Ivan Menchell, lyrics by Don Black, and music by Frank Wildhorn. The world premiere took place in La Jolla, California at the La Jolla Playhouse in November 2009.  The musical debuted on Broadway in December 2011.  It was nominated for 3 Outer Critics Circle Awards and 5 Drama Desk Awards, both including Best New Musical, as well as two nominations for the 2012 Tony Awards. Subsequent productions have since been staged internationally, including productions in Japan, Korea and the U.K. Bonnie and Clyde will also be making its debut in Melbourne, Australia later in 2014.

The musical centers on Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the ill-fated lovers and outlaws whose story has been infamous since they achieved folk hero status during the Great Depression. These two dreamers found their way into violent circumstances, and their electrifying story of love, adventure, and crime captured the attention of an entire nation! Stuck in a dead-end job in depression era Texas, young Bonnie Parker fell for charismatic Clyde Barrow. As their fame, notoriety, and body count rise, these ill-fated lovers are racing toward an inevitable end.

Tickets for Bonnie & Clyde will be available for purchase September 16, 2014:  972-450-6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.orgor in person by visiting the box office at the Addison Theatre and Conference Centre at 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.  Tickets start at $22; preview prices start at $20.

Bonnie & Clyde
Book by Ivan Menchell
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Frank Wildhorn
Director – RenéMoreno
Music Director – Mark Mullino
Choreographer – Kelly McCain
Assistant Director – Kelsey Leigh Ervi
Set Designer – Sarah Brown
Costume Designer – Michael Robinson
Lighting Designer – Dan Schoedel
Sound Designer – Scott Guenther
Dramaturg – Vicki Cheatwood

Performance Schedule:
In the Main Space
Show Run Dates: October 10 – November 2, 2014
Preview dates:  Friday, October 10 at 8p.m. and Saturday, October 11 at 8 p.m.
Pay What You Can: Sunday, October 12 at 2 p.m.
Opening Night:  Monday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m.


Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 8:00 p.m. (October 25 and November 1 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.)
Sundays: 2:00 p.m.
Opening Night: Monday, October 13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices:
Single Tickets: $22 - $40 per show
Preview Tickets: $20 

How/Where to Buy Tickets:
By Phone:  972-450-6232
Or In-person: WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001

Box Office Hours
Fax: 972.450.6244

Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Saturday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Sunday-Monday

Non-Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Friday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Saturday-Monday

Please note:The Box Office opens one hour before show time on performance days and remains open through intermission.

About the Authors

Ivan Menchell has worked extensively as a writer for plays and musicals. He is most known for writing the book for Bonnie & Clyde, writing additional materials for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and for his comedic play The Cemetery Club. Menchell has also worked for television and film.

Don Black’slyrics can be heard both on the stage and screen and have won the attention of the public and critics alike. Black worked as the lyricist in five different theme songs for the James Bond series and in several Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals. Most notable are Tell Me on a Sunday (later incorporated into Song and Dance), Aspects of Love, and Sunset Boulevard. Black has been recognized for his outstanding work with an Academy Award, two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Outer Critics Award. He has provided lyrics for John Barry, Charles Strouse, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Quincy Jones, Jule Styne, Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein, Michel Legrand, Marvin Hamlisch and Debbie Wiseman, and penned hit songs for such artists as Michael Jackson, Lulu, Henry Mancini, Matt Monroe, Andy Williams and Roger Williams.

Frank Wildhorn’s extensive work as a composer has touched both theatergoers and pop music fans. He is most known for his Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde, and he also gained acclaim for writing the #1 International Hit song “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?” for star singer Whitney Houston. His work with Bonnie & Clyde was recognized with a 2012 Best Original Score Tony nomination. He has received numerous other awards and nominations for outstanding work in musical theatre. 

About René Moreno (Director)

Mr. Moreno returns to WaterTower Theatre where he has directed Good People, A. R. Gurney’s Black Tie, August: Osage County by Tracey Letts, Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Living Out by Lisa Loomer, and Scott McPherson’s Marvin’s Room. An accomplished actor and director, he studied music at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and theatre and dance at Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, where he holds an MFA in directing. As an actor, he has performed on Broadway and off, at prestigious regional theatres across the country, on radio, television and film. He has directed numerous plays regionally, including classics and those of contemporary and emerging writers, in productions that have garnered critical acclaim and award recognition.  A Dallas native, he is a member of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society) and an Artistic Associate with Shakespeare Dallas, as well as an Affiliated Artist with the Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (CITYREP).

About WaterTower Theatre

Now in its 17th season, WaterTower Theatre began life in 1996 with 136 brave subscribers. Today, with over 2000 subscribers and a budget of $1.5 million, it consistently earns rave reviews in The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer, and other local publications. With 104 Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award Nominations and 28 wins to its credit, as well as 17 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum Awards, WaterTower Theatre is home to the finest local talent.

WaterTower Theatre has produced five world premiere productions and 16 regional premiere productions to date. WaterTower Theatre's tradition of world premiere programming includes the musicals Song of Motherhood and Blind Lemon: Prince of Country Blues. Dramatic world premieres include Free Fall with Sandy Duncan, Baptized to the Bone by Dave Johnson (which is enjoying healthy post-WaterTower Theatre life) and A Country Life, Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin’s southern adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Both Blind Lemon and A Country Life earned WaterTower Theatre a Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award for Best New Work.

WaterTower Theatre is committed to nurturing emerging talent and expanding audiences. The annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival strives to present new work by local and national writers. A major part of WaterTower Theatre’s education program partners professional artists and technicians with students at our Summer Performing Arts Conservatory, where students ages 8 - 18 learn “life skills through theatre skills.” In addition, master classes and workshops for professional performers offer an opportunity for continued education at the local level.

About the cast:

John Campione  (Clyde Barrow ) returns to the WaterTower stage having previously appeared in Putting It Together. John is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where he received degrees in vocal performance and music education. Most recently, he was seen as Enjolras in Les Miserables (Dallas Theater Center), The Soldier in Hello Again (Uptown Players), Jake in Most Happy Fella (Lyric Stage), Swing/Ensemble in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Theatre Three), Beethoven in Dog Sees God (Denton Community Theatre), and Kismet (Lyric Stage).  Other favorite roles include Tony in West Side Story,Barrett in Titanic and Laurie in Little Women.

Kayla Carlyle (Bonnie Parker) is a Dallas native currently residing in Los Angeles and has been concentrating on television and film out there for the past two years. In 2011, Kayla was seen in WaterTower Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening (Ilse), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Mairead) earlier that season, and in Circle Mirror Transformation (Lauren) a few months prior. Kayla has worked at WaterTower Theatre, Casa Manana, Dallas Theater Center, Uptown Players, Lyric Stage, Shakespeare Dallas, Second Thought Theatre, Circle Theatre, and many more. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and SAG/AFTRA. Most recently, Kayla appeared on the hit TV show “Major Crimes” (TNT), working alongside Mary McDonnell. She has two feature films set to begin principal photography early next year.

About our sponsors:

WTT is privileged to make its home at the Addison Theatre Centre, an award-winning flexible theatre space that can be reconfigured to accommodate each new production.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of:

The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the following season sponsors:  

The Town of Addison, TACA, American Bank of Commerce, Atmos Energy, Barbara and Bob Bigham, Don and Barbara Daseke, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, The Shubert Foundation, The Pinnacle Family of Companies, Mary Kay, Inc., Million Air Dallas, Rainmaker Advertising, The Nissan Foundation, PlainsCapital Bank, Women of WaterTower Theatre and the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors

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