The Four time Tony award winning musical like no other.
A vaudeville style show with a little hint of the Adams family and a splash of Sweeney Todd and all thrown into what I think Tim Burton’s mind would be if it was a musical. Cooky, hilarious and one of the best shows I have seen in a while.
Based on the novel Israel Rank by Roy Horniman, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder tells the story of Monty Navarro and how he rises up the family ranks to inherit the D’Ysquith fortune. Through a series of unfortunate events, Monty goes from 7th in line to inherit the fortune to being the head of the family.
How Jeffery Mays did not win the Tony for best performance by a leading actor in a musical I will never know. Like Eddie Murphy in the Nutty Professor what character doesn’t this man play! Besides the trade mark spitting for each of the characters he portrays men, women, old, young and is just as funny with each one. What I don’t think people will appreciate as much, is the fact of how quick and effortless the costume changes appeared – props to the wardrobe and costume department. It would be interesting to see the understudy going on to cover Jeffery Mays, it would be great to see how someone else tackles such an epic role.
Bryce Pinkham as Monty was equally as amazing as. Giving a Rowan Atkins style awkwardness to his character he carries the show with humour and talent. Making him relatable and likeable, despite the terrible things he does. Although both Pinkham and Mays were phenomenal the show wouldn’t be half as good as it was without the rest of the cast, with everyone having moments to shine and make the audience laugh.
I was very impressed with their English accents as well. I felt like they were genuine and although there were not many regional English accents in the show the ones that I heard were great.
The scenery was minimalistic but so lavish and detailed. Lovely decor with a great use of the space they had.
With a slight touch of an English pantomime it was fun to see them break the 4th wall. The audience loved it and were constantly laughing, and by breaking the 4th wall at times it really helped move the story on and brought the audience into the show more. It doesn’t follow the normal musical format even though it falls in the traditional theatre bracket , it is new, fresh and side splitting funny.