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January 2016 Blog Posts (22)

I Love That Gentleman's Murders

              A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a hilarious show describing how Monty Navarro finds out he is ninth in line to inherit a dukedom from his mother’s side of the family. Named the D’Ysquiths, the family is a wealthy and arrogantly money focused group of Londoners, that originally shunned Monty’s mother. Greedy to gain the attention and love of Sibella Hallward, Monty decides to kill the other eight heirs who stand in the way of his dukedom. The story is told through the…

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Added by Ryan Lenard on January 12, 2016 at 12:33am — No Comments

Worth Killing For

With seven murders (and one timely death) per show, it is clear why A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder won the Tony award for Best Musical in 2014. Created by Robert Freedman, Steven Lutvak, and Jonathan Tunick, the show is a musical comedy.

I don’t think I have ever laughed more at any other theatre performance. The storyline follows Monty, a young man who is informed that he is ninth in line to be the Earl of Highhurst. Wanting to impress a girl, he becomes determined…

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Added by Devyn Terry on January 8, 2016 at 5:52pm — No Comments

A Gentleman's Guide to Living

    The Tony award winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder takes audience members through a gripping tale at The State theater in downtown Minneapolis this week. This tale has gone from book to movie to musical, being revised and altered all along the way. A Gentleman’s Guide is an upbeat musical with a very eloquent script, unique story, and of course, love and murder.



    Monty Navarro played by Kevin Massey is the gentleman “writing” the guide. He gave clear…

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Added by Claire Mathews-Lingen on January 8, 2016 at 11:44am — No Comments

"Love and Murder" and Full of Life.

'Love and Murder' and Full of Life.

By Emma Meents



Monty Navarro is a man with a mission: A mission to secure his fate as hier to his family fortune. Unfortunately just a few small hurdles lie in his way on the path to achieving that mission, such as, say, the eight successors to the family fortune in front of him. Ah, details.



This Monty fellow is crafty, though. He is able to speed up the process by, you guessed it, killing everyone in line in front of… Continue

Added by Emma Meents on January 8, 2016 at 12:23am — 2 Comments

I've Decided to Marry This Show

Forget poison in his pocket,  Monty Navarro is a poisonous character making you love his murderous self just by existing. A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder by Robert L. Freedman is one for the ages. How a man can be so clever I shall never know; the lyrics, spoken dialogue, set costumes and plot are phenomenal and engage the audience when sitting in the theatre.

A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder tells the story of a young Monty Navarro, a young lad who has just found out he…

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Added by Aubrey Salita on January 7, 2016 at 11:42pm — 2 Comments

A Writer’s Guide to Symbolism and Comedy

George Mulder

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

A Writer’s Guide to Symbolism and Comedy

Being a gentleman is more than minding your manners. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is playing at the State Theatre in Minneapolis from January 5-10. The show won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2014. This is suggesting it ranks with shows like Once (2012 winner) and The Phantom of the Opera (1988 winner). It seems as if Broadway…

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Added by George Mulder on January 7, 2016 at 11:13pm — 1 Comment

A Gentleman’s Guide to Wowing the Audience

 

Kate Lawless

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

The Tony Award winning show, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, currently being performed at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, is surprisingly a comedic delight. The overview of the plot is simple— a man, the…

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Added by Kate Lawless on January 7, 2016 at 11:10pm — 2 Comments

Dial 'M' For Monty

When we think of musical theater these days, it’s not unusual to envision an incredibly emotional show with touching songs, a tear-jerking plot line, and a deep hidden meaning that has the power to change the way we look at humanity and the world around us. This automatic connection can be blamed on the large amount of wildly famous shows, such as Les Misérables and Rent, that feed off of raw emotion and can bring the…

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Added by Claire Karges on January 7, 2016 at 10:57pm — 2 Comments

A Gentelman's Guide to Love and Murder

"A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" is not a show for a classy gentleman to be sure. Blaring off the stage is the story of Monty Navarro, eighth in line to be the earl of the extremely wealthy D'Ysquith family, who sets about killing, or purposefully not saving, each relative who succeeds him. Throughout his quest to diminish the other heirs, you see Navarro struggle between his long-term love affair and his new fiancé. Each death was told in a different setting, with loud scenery and… Continue

Added by Catherine Lily Wojda on January 7, 2016 at 10:55pm — 1 Comment

"A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"

 

The national tour of the musical comedy A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder was well received on its opening night at the State Theater in Minneapolis this Tuesday. The show follows the character of Monty Navarro (Kevin Massey) who finds out that his late mother was a member of the wealthy D’Ysquith family and he is now ninth in line to be earl of Highhurst. He proceeds to do what anyone would naturally do:…

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Added by Heidi Wiese on January 7, 2016 at 10:19pm — 2 Comments

A Skeptic’s Guide to Love and Murder

I am probably in the minority when I say I wasn't actually that excited to see A Gentleman’s Guide to…

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Added by Delia Grimes on January 7, 2016 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Why are all the D’Ysquiths dying? Because it’s hilarious!!

          Performing at the State Theatre in Minneapolis January 5th through 10th, the Tony award-winning Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, directed by Darko Tresnjak. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is about Monty Navarro. A poor man who learns that he is a D’Ysquith as well as 9th in line to become Earl of Highhurst. Monty’s love interest Sibella mentions how unlikely it is for all 8 of the D’Ysquiths ahead of him to die. This gives Monty the idea to kill off the 8…

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Added by Avery Ronning on January 7, 2016 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

#TooReal

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” is not only a four time Tony winning show, but has also breathed life into comedic musicals, a genre people feared was dying. Capturing people since 2012 with inventive deaths and the cruel, but eye-glueing, agony of love, this innovative show is more than an over the top comedy and even reveals the cruelest human instincts.

We begin the show by meeting Monty Navarro who takes us through the pages of his memoir. It begins when he discovers his…

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Added by Nina Afremov on January 7, 2016 at 9:24pm — 2 Comments

I Have Decided to Marry This Musical

When impoverished Monty D’Ysquith Navarro learns that he is the distant heir to the lordship of Highhurst, blood runs thicker than water as Monty creatively murders his own kin for wealth and power. In this vastly entertaining musical about a young man’s adventures as a killer, only love can trump the drama of death itself, as Monty is the suitor to two very different women: Sibella, the coquettish wife to a boring man she only married for wealth, and Phoebe, the lovably…

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Added by R. Grace Carey on January 7, 2016 at 8:40pm — 2 Comments

The D’Ysquiths may be dying, but I am LIVING for it

Charming overture plays, curtain goes up, the cast members simultaneously snap their heads to face the audience as a camera flashes, and warn the faint of heart to leave the theater through song. Even though this series of events takes place in the opening minute and a half of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” it provides an accurate summary of the Tony Award-winning musical as a whole. “Gentleman’s Guide,” currently touring in Minneapolis has an incredible score (charming music),…

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Added by Leo Driessen on January 7, 2016 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Gentleman's guide to love and laughter

By Clare Judge

 

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is currently playing at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. It is funny show with lots of twists and turns. This show is about a young man named Montague “Monty” who is finds out he has royal blood. He wants to everything he can to get closer and closer to the thrown once he realizes there are only 8 people ahead of him. As an audience, we have the privilege of following him through his journey to the…

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Added by Clare Judge on January 7, 2016 at 7:39pm — 1 Comment

D'Ysitting-there

      The Tony Award-winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder opened at the State Theatre Tuesday, January 5, 2016. After hearing how amazing this show is I expected more. It was overwhelming and complex. The production, based on the Roy Horniman novel, ‘Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal,’ is the story of Monty Navarro, a young man in line to inherit a fortune who decides to speed up the process. It’s a fast-paced show covering the story of his murder…

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Added by Anika Besst on January 7, 2016 at 5:40pm — 3 Comments

The D'ysquiths Should Stay Dead

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder has been described in numerous reviews as uproarious, death defying, and restoring faith in the musical comedy. Therefore it was quite a surprise when I found myself only politely giggling at seemingly appropriate times, and spent most of the show wondering how the jokes could be any cornier. A Gentleman’s Guide showed a desperation for laughs that left many in the audience sitting in silence…

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Added by Madilyn Duffy on January 7, 2016 at 1:52pm — 1 Comment

What Could be Better than This?!!?!?!?

Every time you step into a theater you need to be ready to expect something different from the last show you saw. I loved the show Beautiful, so coming into A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder I was wondering how I would enjoy two very different shows. But boy I did. A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder was hilarious and clever.

Most every time you walk into a…

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Added by Ananda Cordova Stuart on January 7, 2016 at 11:46am — 2 Comments

You'ld be Foolish to Think this Show is a Bore

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, this long-winded title belongs to none other than the winner of Best Musical at the 2014 Tony Awards. This being said, one’s expectations can be held at quite…

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Added by Noah Coon on January 7, 2016 at 12:50am — 1 Comment

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