A New Musical’ tells the famous story of ill-fated lovers and outlaws

“A lot of people know how Bonnie and Clyde died, because they saw the movie, but they don’t know or remember how they lived, how they met, how they ended up robbing banks , etc. They don’t know how it happened, and in the story, you fully understand what their motivation is. There’s a lot of humor in the story. You wouldn’t think a show about gangsters would have any humor, but it is. It’s a very enjoyable story, and you come to understand Bonnie and Clyde,” Arszman said, “It’s just an amazing story to tell.

Starring Robert Breslin as Clyde Barrow and Grace Nowak as Bonnie Parker, “Bonnie & Clyde: A New Musical” is produced by Mary Stone with music and vocal direction by Paul Chiappone and choreography by JV Katz. A full cast list is available at www.footlighters.org/bonnieandclyde.

“I love Frank Wildhorn’s music, because it’s so varied, and in this particular show, and in a lot of his shows, that’s why I like conducting for him, it’s a mix of pop , rock, jazz, country and gospel. You get all of that with his shows,” Arszman said, “His songs don’t sound alike. They’re all unique.”

Many cast members came to audition because they loved this show and the music so much. Arszman said the cast was “incredibly talented” and about 80% of the cast were new to The Footlighters, Inc. About 40 people came to audition and about 16 were chosen for the cast. Rehearsals began at the end of October.

“Grace is a powerhouse. When you hear him sing, it’s amazing,” Arszman said, “Robert Breslin, who plays Clyde is amazing, and they’re all amazing. He really has an understanding and gives Clyde a humanity. I’m in awe of what he brings,” Arszman said.

She said “Bonnie & Clyde: A New Musical” is a story about humanity and it gives you a glimpse of what it was like to live in depression without being depressing.

“I don’t know how, but you find joy, and you really get into the singing and the music. Audiences will be entertained with this cast and production team. They worked very hard under strange circumstances, because of the protocols that we have to follow. It turned out to be everything I hoped for,” Arszman said, “It’s a great show, and I think we’re going to pull it off really well.”

How to get there

What: “Bonnie & Clyde: A New Musical” presented by The Footlighters, Inc.

When: From Friday 21 January to Sunday 6 February. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows at 2 p.m.

Or: The Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York Street, Newport, Ky. (at 8th and York Streets). The theater was recently renovated.

Admission: Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at www.footlighters.org/tickets, by calling the box office at (859) 652-3849, or at the door, the date of the event, if the show does not sell out by showtime. The box office opens one hour before the show.

More information.: www.footlighters.org/tickets. Note: Masks are mandatory and customers must bring proof of vaccination and/or a negative COVID test.