Review: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

A Gentleman Guide to Love and Murder advertisement inside the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
A Gentleman Guide to Love and Murder advertisement inside the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Monty Navarro is struggling to make ends meet financially, and his love refused to accept his marriage proposal because of it. After Monty’s mother passed away, a friend of the family shared that Monty’s mother was disowned from the wealthy D’Ysquith family. There are eight other people in the D’Ysquith family ahead of Monty to become the Earl of Highhurst, a title that comes with prestige and the family’s fortune. This, along with wanting vengeance for how his mother was treated by the D’Ysquith family, causes him to set out to become the Earl of Highhurst…by killing his other family members. Of course, everything does not go according to plan, so see the comedy ensue in the U.S. national tour of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder as Monty Navarro goes after what he wants in life and love, by any means necessary.

After A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical, I knew that I had to see it. This musical closed on Broadway on January 17, 2016, is now touring, and I was fortunate to see it at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Time Out New York, stated that A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is “The undisputed king of musical comedy,” and I had that expectation due to the show’s advertisement. The show is extremely witty and enjoyable, I do recommend it, but I do not agree with the claim that it is the undisputed king of musical comedy. Despite that, I completely understand why it won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical.

This is the advertisement for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder that was hanging outside of the John F. Kennedy Center.
This is the advertisement for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder hanging outside of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

The staging is very clever. The lead character, Monty Navarro (D’Ysquith), is writing his memoir entitled, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” Since Monty is narrating the course of events, it is brilliant for there to be a stage on the stage, with an independent curtain from the main, for the action to play out.

This shows the stage on the stage at A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.
This shows the stage on the stage at A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.

The entire cast is excellent and definitely deserved the standing ovation they were given at curtain call. In my opinion, the outstanding performance(s) of the show were by John Rapson, who played eight characters from the D’Ysquith family in this musical (6 men and 2 women). Each character he portrayed had its own demeanor, costume, and quick change.

Does Monty get away with his grand scheme? Watch A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, as it comes to a city near you, to find out and be entertained. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder tour information

Disclosure: I purchased my own ticket to attend this show, and the opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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