The Broadway Review: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Dates Seen: September 6, 2014 & October 25, 2014
Seating #1: Stage Right Box, Row 2
Seating #2: Right Balcony, Row F
Ticket Source #1: Student Rush
Ticket Source #2: tix4students.com
Ticket Cost: $42 and then $48
Rating: Two Thumbs Up
Getting away with murder can be so much fun… and there’s no better proof than the knock-‘em-dead hit show that’s earned unanimous raves and won the 2014 Tony Award® for BEST MUSICAL—A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER! As one most gentlemanly NPR critic put it, “I’VE NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD AT A BROADWAY MUSICAL!”

GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by—you guessed it—eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way (each played by Tony winner Jefferson Mays in what The New York Times calls “the year’s greatest musical theater performance"). All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancĂ©e (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 Hollywood Reporter raves, “GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE RESTORES OUR FAITH IN MUSICAL COMEDY” and The New York Times cheers, “IT WILL LIFT THE HEARTS OF ALL THOSE WHO’VE BEEN PINING FOR WHAT SOMETIMES SEEMS A LOST ART FORM.” Kindly get your tickets now for the new musical that will have you dying with laughter!
~*~Tony Awards~*~

BEST MUSICAL OF 2014
BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL
BEST COSTUME DESIGN

~*~Journey to the Tickets~*~

For the first time I saw this show, I actually did the student rush. Such a process is described in this Broadway Review of ONCE. This was my first weekend in my new dorm and I was so excited to finally be back in New York City, so my best friend Carolyn and I decided to start off the school year with a bang and see this year's best new musical! Plus, when compared to THE BOOK OF MORMON when it comes to laughs, we both knew we had to see it.

For the second time I saw the show, I actually went with one of my old bosses from my first internship, her friend at Bloomsbury, and my Aunt as an early birthday present since I accidentally bought tickets in pairs. I used the website Tix 4 Students. Essentially, if you are a college student of any kind, you can sign up for this website if you pay a five dollar fee. This means you get severely discounted tickets for any of the shows on the website at any given time in the mezzanine or balcony. There are currently 12+ shows on the website and they are always changed. You can get up to two tickets per ID and you just have to present your college ID at the box office to pick up your tickets. So for anyone out of state, if you want to see a Broadway show while you are visiting, do this and get super discounted tickets! Woo!

~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

I've seen this show twice in less than two months, and I think that alone shows how much I love this show. I literally die of laughter every time I see it. I often compare it to the BOOK OF MORMON. See, THE BOOK OF MORMON is also hilarious, but in a super inappropriate and dark way. A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER manages to be uproariously funny because it has such great rumor and is only inappropriate at the most necessary times. Absolutely deserving of every award it has won, I highly recommend checking this one out.

The plot is downright zany in the best possible way. Monty Navarro learns that his recently deceased mother was disowned by her original family, the powerful Dysquith family, when she chose to marry a poor man for love instead of for even more money. He immediately sets out to prove himself to his family in order to get into their good graces, but it's quickly apparent they want nothing to do with the poor man their shamed relative left behind. Determined to not only gain access to his family name, but claim the money his mother is rightfully owed by birth, he begins to eliminate those eight pesky relatives standing in his way of the coveted earldom while balancing Sybella, his long-time lover who may actually love him but refuses to marry him because she wants money, and Phoebe, his second cousin who is nobel and pious and will eventually marry him for what she thinks is love. Let me tell you, for all us romance nerds out there, this is a love triangle done right. *wink, wink*


What is even cooler is the fact that the entire show was created to mock the British Upper Class of the past. Not only are the accents super exaggerated and unbelievable to show how silly some of them sounded in their attempts to be superior, but it also displays how money-hungry they were and even how desperate they were for the spotlight in so many different ways. Knowing this simple fact makes the viewing experience even better because you know what they're poking fun at and how they are doing it so, so, so well.

Each Dysquith is played by the super talented Jefferson Mays who I like to refer to as master of the quick change. Seriously, the surprises he manages to pull off when it comes to changing outfits in record time are great. But what is even greater is how every character he plays is significantly different from the rest. He manages to make each Dysquith that meets an entertaining yet very unfortunate end their own type of character. They're memorable and unique and he never breaks out the same personality or singing voice twice. Bravo to the incredible amount of talent in this man.

The other three leads are also amazing. Bryce Pinkham plays Monty Navarro and he is not only super talented, he is also currently one of the six most attractive men on Broadway. He is a fan like anyone who sees the show. He used to wait in long lines for discounted tickets and stage-door to meet his idols just like me, and it's wonderful to see that. The original Phoebe actually left on October 25th, but despite her small size and young age, her voice was downright intoxicating. The original Sybella is still cast alongside Jefferson and Bryce and she is very talented as well. She definitely brings a lot of humor to the table. Everyone in this cast is super talented really, and I have to admit that the song list is among the best I have ever seen. Plus, the playbill for this show wins the award for best playbill. Why? Well you'll have to attend the show and see for yourself.

If you want to see Jefferson's master quick change in his introduction to the Tony performance of the hilarious sequence for the song I HAVE DECIDED TO MARRY YOU, check out the video below!


But, really, just go and see this show! It is among one of the more affordable shows possible and there is not a bad seat in the house. Even the balcony is great seating, as are the "obstructed" box seats. If you're in New York City this is a must see, especially while Jefferson and Bryce remain in the cast. The plot, the songs, the talent, and the craziness are grand, but the two of them truly make the show as amazing as it sounds.

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