Tony award winning musical, Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is literally killing the scene at Broward Center for the Performing Arts with an ingeniously and delightful performance.The perfect mix of theatrical fun and witty humor comes to life through the eyes of Monty Navarro, the devious killer making his way to the top of the family tree. The cleverness within the script is sure to impress any audience member. Nonetheless, the story entangles the trivial challenges of family, love and ethics. Although the story line rides the wave of a murderous heir, the comedic and lighthearted moments stole the show.
Our star, the young Monty Navarro, played by Blake Price, projects the proper amounts of innocence and human vulnerability- enough to make the audience overlook his murderous plots. In fact, it felt almost wrong and twisted to laugh along with Monty as he kills off the D’Ysquith family. His fortune unravels as the power-hungry Londoner rockets up the social scale when his relatives fall victim to “accidents”- although not without consequence. The cast, made up of noteworthy members, like Kristen Kane who plays Miss Shingle and James Taylor Odom who takes on a whopping eight roles, perfected their stage identities to a dime.
Aside from the exceptional performance execution, others offering iconic support include Costume Designer Linda Cho, Lighting Designer Philip Rosenberg and Scenic Designer Alexander Dodge who all came together to complete the illustrative set of London in the 1900s.
Vocal arrangements by Dianne Adams McDowell and Steven Lutvak rang the theater with a wonderful range of highs and lows. Each musical act was not only a pleasure to listen to, but had audience members laughing out of their seats. Those who’ve been waiting patiently for a mixture of memorable melody with witty turns of phrase will be pleased that ‘A Gentleman’s Guide’ has finally arrived. The performance as a whole has one of the most brilliant scores to be heard in a multitude of years- exceptionally sung by a talented cast.
It’s been a long time since such incomparable talent radiated energy and enthusiasm from start to curtain call.
This show is here to stay, bravo!
Tickets for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, which runs until January 21st, are available now at the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office, 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33312, browardcenter.org or call 954.462.0222. Orders for groups of ten (10) or more may be placed by calling 954.660.6307. Ticket prices start at $35.25*.