Hey guys! I’m back from a few days up in NYC visiting my boyfriend. I took so many photos that I still have to sort through, but for now, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder!
The second day I was there, my boyfriend and I entered the Gentleman’s lottery, where you can win the opportunity to buy tickets for $42 dollars instead of the standard price. We didn’t win, but the email we got telling us we hadn’t won had a link to a website that had tickets to the show for $80ish dollars for orchestra (which is a steal compared to normal orchestra prices!). We ended up getting tickets for the next night that were only 5 rows from the stage and in the middle section of the orchestra!
“GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by—you guessed it—eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way … All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.”
It won best musical Tony the year it premiered, and it was easy to see why, the show was hilarious. All the heirs in line before Montague were played by the same actor, who was incredibly talented. I didn’t even realize that it was the same actor until after we had seen him play a few different heirs!
The musical reminded me a little of Sweeney Todd if Sweeney Todd were a straight comedy instead of a tragedy with humorous moments.
The music was good, although the songs didn’t pop for me as much as other elements of the show. The action in the scenes was what I remembered more. The above photo was taken during “I’ve Decided to Marry You” and the song fit and moved the story along, but the physical comedy of a man juggling two women behind two doors and trying to keep them from meeting was more memorable. Same with the below photo from “Poison in My Pocket” when the heir and his mistress skated by in the background in increasingly ridiculous poses.
I loved the set design! So many different locations were portrayed and the designer did a great job with all of them! The show also utilized a digital backdrop for some scenes, which I have seen done before and doesn’t always work, but here was used well.
I always love going to see live productions and this was no exception. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable show! The humor was just right and everything worked together really well. I definitely recommend it!
A Gentleman’s Guide to Murder closes in January, so if you want to see it, now is your chance!
Stay magical readers!