“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…
So rarely does one see a show where grisly murder is executed so cleverly and with such wit, and yet here we have the subjects of Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak’s…Continue
Pleasant at best and offensive at its worst. A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, now playing at the Minneapolis State Theatre, attempts comedy but lacks the writing skills to support it. The show relies on a plethora of…Continue
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…Continue
Ok, let’s just get this out of the way: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder is about a young man named Monty who needs to kill eight people because he’s sick of being poor and screwed over. There. That’s all someone who is thinking about seeing the show needs to know (or should know) before going…Continue
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),…Continue
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…Continue
What’s more fun than killing off your family to become wealthy? I wouldn’t know because I’ve never been in such a situation, but Monty Navarro (Kevin Massey) has. When Mr. Navarro is informed by Miss Shingle (Mary VanArsdel) that he is 9th in line to the D’Ysquith fortune, he is quick to tell his love interest, Sibella Hallward (Kristen Beth Williams), in hopes that she will than fall for him because of his possible inheritance. Monty then decides to kill off the other eight…Continue
Silliness reigns supreme in the musical comedy A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, a show filled with the oddest, quirkiest, and most outrageous characters you may ever see. While this musical is filled with constant laughter for some, it was mostly small, interspersed giggles for me. However, there is no disputing the talent of the cast and the entertainment the show will provide. The Tony Award winning musical penned by Robert L. Freedman with music by Steven Lutvak will be running at…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a morbidly funny musical memoir of Monty Navarro who starts his life at the bottom and, through a series of unfortunate events, fights his way through the cut-throat politics of British society. From the visually appealing look…Continue
I’ve learned in all my years of attending theatre that you shouldn’t head into a show with too high of expectations. For when you expect too much, you’re likely to be disappointed. Thankfully, I did not go into A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder with expectations, and I was not disappointed. The musical, directed by Darko Tresnjak, tells the story of Montague “Monty” Navarro, played brilliantly by Kevin Massey, who discovers he is distantly related…Continue
It’s widely known that bad things are worse the second time around. Everyone knows that the sequel is never as good as the original, the second time on a roller coaster isn’t nearly as much fun as the first, and the second child’s baby book contains very few photographs. The second act of a musical has the reputation of being as disappointing as a second date. After all the intrigue and interest of the first act, the time spent on a bathroom break and the purchase of overpriced Sprite often…Continue
There are several different types and varieties of theater. These types of theater appeal to different people. Some types don’t appeal to certain members of the audience. It’s not the actor’s fault, it’s just simply the personal preference of the viewer. This was my problem with A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which will be at the State Theater until January 10th. The show isn’t bad and was executed well, but I just didn’t feel…Continue
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a musical overflowing with the same dry wit, physical comedy and colorful characters which made Monty Python a household name. It features an award-winning score by composer Steven Lutvak and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman.
The show opens with a funeral procession warning the audience that if they are of weaker constitution they should leave now. From there we see Montague “Monty” Navarro (Kevin Massey) as the Ninth Earl of Highhurst in jail…Continue
It’s all fun and games, until someone gets murdered… Loyalty grows in the D'ysquith family as Montague Navarro (Kevin Massey), an unknown ninth heir of D'Ysquith fortune, kills every heir and heiress (all eight- John Raspon) under the families’ nose. Perhaps the way Monty got into this murder mess was to show Sibella Hallward (Kristen Beth Williams) that he does in fact have money and status, and you should marry for love and not social standing. Through the murders Sibella and…Continue
I’ll be the first to admit it: I have a vendetta against guidebooks. I find them to promote both a homogenous view of the area in question and the patronization of money-focused tourist spots, neglecting to highlight the truly individual, mom-and-pop aspects native to every place. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, however, proved my opinions of “guidebooks” wrong—okay, it is a musical and does feature a topic (offing eight relatives to get to earldom) seldom found…Continue