Did you know that “Bonnie & Clyde” — as in infamous outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who lived in what is now West Dallas (and was buried along Fort Worth Avenue, in Barrow’s case) — opens in a Broadway musical this week? I didn’t until I saw this ticket special in my email inbox this morning.
The above montage of scenes from the musical, as well as this lusty little promo, indicate that the musical centers on the romance between the two murderers and bank robbers. Previews of some of the songs, including “Dyin’ Ain’t So Bad” and “This World Will Remember Us,” also are on the Broadway’s Best Shows YouTube channel.
Official marketing for the show reads: “Two small-town kids from the middle of nowhere became the biggest folk heroes in all America. They craved adventure — and each other.” Maybe they don’t realize Parker and Barrow’s hometown of Eagle Ford was practically in Dallas, which is not exactly the middle of nowhere, even in the 1930s. Based on that premise, it’s probably safe to assume that the musical takes quite a bit of dramatic license.
I’m all for a good story, even if it is Hollywood-ized or, in this case, Broadwayed, but it would be interesting to watch this musical while sitting next to Bonnie and Clyde historian Ken Holmes, who was friends with the late Blanche Barrow, the wife of Clyde’s brother, Buck, both of whom also are characters in the musical. Holmes told Advocate editor Rachel Stone he thinks the biggest misconception about Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow is “that their lives were glamorous.” If that’s the case, Holmes might not think much of this portrayal.