A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Thomas Netter (The D’Ysquith Family) and Michael Koutelos (Monty Navarro) performing “Better with a Man” in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder at The CENTER for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck. Original photos by Olivia Michaels Bogert.
You may think twice about what you expect from a $27 musical after reading this review.

By Andrew Andrews

Montague Navarro has just buried his beloved mother, when a strange woman named Miss Shingle unexpectedly appears at the door of his shoddy South London flat in 1907.

Shingle tells Navarro that his mother was actually a member of the wealthy D’Ysquith family before being disowned for marrying his father, a Castilian musician who has long been deceased.

In an attempt to escape his impoverishment, “Monty” writes to Lord Asquith D’Ysquith Sr., head of the family brokerage firm, explaining his relationship and asking for employment.

After being rebuffed by D’Ysquith’s namesake son, Monty embarks on a plan to kill off the eight heirs who stand between himself and his claim to the title of Earl of Highhurst.

Along the way, Monty’s longtime love interest Sibella announces her engagement to a well-off but boring gentleman named Lionel to secure her own place in society, making Monty even more desperate to obtain his noble position and a future with his mutual love.

Full of cheeky songs (such as “I Don’t Understand the Poor” and “Better with a Man”) and silly, but not ridiculous antics, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder is a light-hearted, Tony-award-winning musical that spent three years on Broadway and two on a national tour before this Hudson Valley premiere at the CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck.

Gianna Tucci delivers a Broadway-quality performance in the minor role of Phoebe D’Ysquith.

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Andrew Andrews attended A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder at The Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck on Friday, November 5, 2021 @ 8:00pm to write this review.

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