Cast of 'Bonnie and Clyde' to give ChiliFest crowd musical appetizer
HUNTINGTON — Folks attending the 30th annual ChiliFest in downtown Huntington will get an appetizer at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 as some of the cast from the Fifth Avenue Theater Company’s upcoming production of the edgy rocking musical, “Bonnie and Clyde.”
Director Eddie Harbert said some of the cast will be at ChiliFest to give folks a sample of some of the diverse tunes from the musical, which is set to run at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-21 and Sept. 27-28 and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 22 and Sept. 29.
“We’re giving them slices of the music starting with ‘The World Will Remember Me’ a rockabilly tune, and ‘My Arms Are Always Open,’ a gospel song and ‘You Love Who You Love’ a country cry in your beer song and ‘Drive,’ which is a rock song,” Harbert said. “It’s neat because there’s all of this music in this one little show. It’s labeled as a rockabilly musical, which is very different, but it’s more than that. One minute you’re listening to a Big Band song and the next it’s country and then rock. It’s been a challenge for the actors to sing.”
Musical director Dustin Allen, has been working a veteran cast that includes Alison Smith as Bonnie and Josh Jannotta as Clyde.
Other folks in the show include: The couple Joe and Christian Hill as Buck and Blanche Barrow. Other actors in the cast include: Brandon Caldwell, Tina Haynes, Linda LeMaster, Betty Craddock, Zach Davis, Ethan Darby, Colby Jack Adkins, Courtney Parsley, Rebekah Prichard, Hannah Miller, Majesty Hill, Lilly Burns, Abby Manis, Logan Darby and the ensemble: Katie Jones, Isa McMullen, Naudia Cremeans, Candi Parsley and Jennifer Parsley.
Harbert said they’re excited to present the wild PG-13 musical that has guns blazing on stage, and that begins with the infamous bankrobbers and outlaws getting gunned down in their car, then proceeds with flashbacks of their wild romance and ride robbing banks after Bonnie’s ill-attempt at becoming a Hollywood star.
“I don’t think Huntington’s has seen such a musical,” Harbert said. “There’s lots of sex and violence although not as much violence as ‘Jekyll and Hyde,’ but there are gunshots that go off throughout it. It’s historically intact but it really portrays the human side and in doing that you become very conflicted. You see how America felt about them at the time, how they were revered and about their love story.”
All seats are $12. For tickets or more info, call 304-696-5522 to reserve tickets or for more information. Discount prices available for groups of 10 or more.
Go online at www.cityofhuntingtonfoundation.com for more info on Fifth Avenue Theater Company.