Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
November 17 – 22
It won not one, not two, but four coveted Tony Awards in 2014, nabbed a Grammy nomination the same year and is currently making audiences LOL across the U.S. as part of its first national tour. Any fan of musical theater will want to catch the Pittsburgh premiere of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, which runs for six nights at downtown’s Benedum Center.
Set in London in 1907, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder revolves around the ruthless Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who stops at nothing to leave his existence as a penniless clerk behind and “jump the line of succession by any means necessary.” Audiences will be taken on a roller coaster ride of romance, intrigue and murder after Monty is informed that he’s ninth in line to inherit the earldom of Highhurst—an estate tightly controlled by the wealthy D’Ysquith banking family.
Anything goes during this comic operetta, as characters suddenly begin to perish in both “natural and unnatural ways” and merciless Monty courts the similarly fortune-seeking Sibella Hallward. Find out what ensues when a Lord dismisses Monty’s claim to the Highhurst inheritance and our main character attempts to juggle a mistress and a fiancée and avoid being sent to jail—all while making murder look like wicked fun.
Produced by Joey Parnes, the rip-roaring tale features Kevin Massey as Monty Navarro, John Rapson as the eight D’Ysquith heirs, Kristen Beth Williams as Sibella Hallward, Adrienne Eller as Phoebe D’Ysquith and Mary VanArsdel as Miss Shingle.
Directed by Darko Tresnjak, who grew up in Yugoslavia, Poland and the U.S. and is currently artistic director of Hartford Stage, the Broadway hit features a book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman, music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak, choreography by Peggy Hickey and musical direction by Paul Staroba.
Part of the PNC Broadway In Pittsburgh series, the musical also features orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick and vocal arrangements by Dianne Adams McDowell and Steven Lutvak.
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