A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER (Play Review)

Festival Reviews

a_gentlemans_guide_to_love_and_murder.jpgby Gilbert Seah

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER is a musical comedy, with the book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and the music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak. The musical is enjoying both rave reviews and a successful run at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre riding on its grand win of four Tony Awards in June 2014 including Best Musical.

The musical is based on the 1907 novel Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal by Roy Horniman, with some changes like the names its characters. It should be noted that the book was also made into an Ealing Studios film – the famous KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS starring Alec Guinness. While the film stood out as a black comedy, the musical version opts for outlandish comedy.

The story concerns a penniless young man named Monty Navarro (Kevin Massey) who discovers that he is 9th in line…

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