A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder Review - A Killer Musical

How does one get away with murder? Should one marry for love or for money and status? Is wealth all that it's cracked up to be? All these questions were certainly answered on opening night of the hit Tony Award-winning musical “ A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder”. Part of the Motor City's hugely successful Broadway in Detroit theater series, the hilariously-charming spoof on high-society debuted at The Fisher Theater on a perfect fall evening.

 

 

From its whimsical stage design and exquisite period costume pieces to an incredible score and masterful performers, this sure-to-be blockbuster holds true to each and every aspect of a well-crafted musical production. Its plot is captivating with the insecure, yet crafty Monty Navarro who is the potential heir to a family fortune. However, one thing stands in his way. Actually, eight things stand in his way – his relatives. From this, he hatches the dastardly scheme to eliminate each and every successor who holds him back from acquiring the very lifestyle which he has been denied.

 

 

To complicate matters, his mistress, the seductive Sibella Hallward, looms in wait to benefit from his sudden advancements and constant promotions up the 'culprit' ladder. Despite Sibella's marriage to the wealthy, yet dull and boring Lionel, the two continue their affair. Phobe D'Ysquith, heiress and cousin to Navarro, consequently, has thoughts of her own. Asking now for the current hit-man's hand in marriage, she intends to stop the illusive liaison and further the triangle of deceit and self-greed.

 

 

The story of Navarro's questionable parentage continues, as does his killing frenzy, knocking off every living D'Ysquith, each with their own unique set of circumstances leading to their untimely deaths. In fact, one of the most interesting aspects of the musical was how it left us wondering when and how the next D'Ysquith would meet his or her untimely demise.

 

 

At the 2014 Tony Awards “A Gentleman's Guide” was awarded Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Costume Design. Opening on Broadway in 2013 at the Walter Kerr Theater, it has played before audiences a little over 900 times. Now on its national tour, it stops in such major cities as Boston, Cincinnati and Nashville. In Detroit, the musical holds performances through October 16. So, enjoy the back-stabbing, infidelity, murder and downright despicable behavior of this amazing cast of characters. It is truly a 'killer' musical!

 

For more information and ticket sales please visit:

the Broadway in Detroit website

 

Photos: Courtesy of Broadway in Detroit

 

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