Theatre review by Steve Duffy –
The most celebrated musical of the 2013-14 Broadway season, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, is now playing at the Shubert Theatre.
Gentleman’s Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro (Kevin Massey), a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he has to juggle his mistress (Kristen Beth Williams), (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (Kristen Hahn), 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.
The entire cast is stellar, especially, John Rapson’s amazing performance of the entire outlandish and eccentric D’Ysquith family. He embodies each role so well that you forget he just played a different character in another scene. His performance is the reason to see the show.
Massey is loveable as the pokerfaced murderous D’Ysquith family outcast. I am sure he will be the only inventive killer you will find yourself rooting for.
The amusing and witty score will have you enjoying the songs in the moments. “I Don’t Understand the Poor,” “Poison in My Pocket,” “Better With a Man,” and “I’ve Decided to Marry You” are whimsical and delightful songs.
Crime definitely pays in this deliciously funny vaudeville-esque production of A Gentlemen’s Guide.
Running Time: Approximately 2 hrs 30 min (includes intermission)
Gentleman’s Guide playing now at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre through Sunday, October 23, 2016. Tickets on sale at www.citicenter.org or by calling (866) 348-9738. For additional information on Gentleman’s Guide, visit www.agentlemansguidebroadway.com