Actor Johnny Hebda to appear in the Utah Premiere of Bonnie & Clyde
The Utah director and entrepreneur discusses his preparation for the part.
Utah, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Johnny Hebda, a local actor, director and entrepreneur will be appearing in the title role as Clyde Barrow in the Utah Premiere of Frank WIldhorn's BONNIE & CLYDE. Hebda has been preparing for this role for months and is excited to portray such a challenging role. Not only has learning the lines and music been a challenge, but Hebda has also undergone vigorous physical training for the role. Hebda, one of the founding members of the Utah Repertory Theater Company, believes that "audiences will thoroughly enjoy the musical, with the recent mini-series release of "Bonnie & Clyde" on three different networks combined with Frank Wildhorn's incredible musical score, audiences will be drawn into this adventure-filled story of the armed and amorous, real-life outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who garnered folk-hero status as the first celebrity criminal duo" (www.UtahRep.org). "It has been fascinating to study the history of these real life characters and incorporate them into my performance" says Hebda.
By day, Hebda works as an entrepreneur and Vice President of Sales for AMP Security (www.ampsecuity.com). By night, he works as a local actor, director, producer for various theaters throughout the state and also as a theatre critic for the Utah Theatre Bloggers Association (www.utahtheatrebloggers.com). Hebda has worked professionally as an actor on stage and in film on more than 80 different productions. Highlights of Hebda's career include portraying Romeo in Terrence Mann's musical adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet" at The Lost Colony in Roanoke, North Carolina; the title character in the science fiction film "Orange" at Full Sail in Orlando, Florida; and Chad Sullivan in the PAX TV Series "Sullivan Sisters". Other favorite roles include: Mozart in "Amadeus", CB in "Dog Sees God", Applegate in "Damn Yankees" and Edward Lyons in "Blood Brothers" (www.johnnyhebda.com).
"Bonnie & Clyde," the Utah premiere of Broadway's most wanted musical, runs Jan. 7-Feb. 1 at the Lehi Arts Center. The score to "Bonnie & Clyde" uniquely combines blues, gospel and rockabilly music. The music was written by the Tony-nominated Frank Wildhorn. Considering the combined number of productions of the popular composer's musicals in Utah ("The Scarlet Pimpernel," "The Civil War" and "Jekyl & Hyde," Wildhorn could easily be seen as Utah's favorite musical theater composer. The lyrics are by Don Black, a Tony-winner for "Sunset Boulevard" and Academy Award-winner for "Born Free."
"Bonnie & Clyde" earned two Tony Award nominations in 2012, including best score, and Examiner.com called the musical "a must-see as it is superb and should be a bonafide hit" with "crowd-pleasing and show-stopping tunes that will leave you speechless."
Members of Utah Rep's production team had the unique opportunity to meet with Frank Wildhorn prior to his October "Wildhorn & Friends" concert at BYU. Hebda, Weinberger and Cannon received firsthand advice from the composer, who answered questions about the musical.
The original Broadway production included two Utahns in lead roles. Springfield, Utah, native Claybourne Elder created the role of Cylde's brother, Buck Barrow, and Talon Ackerman of Salt Lake City played Young Clyde.
At the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from two small-town nobodies in West Texas to America's most renowned folk heroes and law enforcement's worst nightmares. Fearless, shameless and alluring, their electrifying story of love, adventure and crime captured the excited attention of an entire country.
Performances are Jan. 17-Feb. 1 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. Saturday matinees, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1 at the Lehi Arts Center, 685 N. Center St. in Lehi, Utah. Tickets are $15-$18, with the Thursday, Jan. 23, a Pay What You May performance, where patrons may purchase tickets beginning at $1.
Advance tickets can be purchased at UtahRep.org.
For more information, contact Marketing Director Blair Howell at 801-592-9362.
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