Does falling in love always end up getting married? Or does he begin a dubious road to murder? The answers to those thoughts are covered in the thunderous comedy, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” at California Regional Theater’s First Street Theater, 139 W. First Street, Chico, June 3-19.
CRT producer Bob Maness has a talented cast for this Tony Award-winning game with unforgettable music. Director Marina Kalani, musical director Duncan Krummel and choreographer Lexi Eckland present this show with great hilarity.
“‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ is a mix of music, melodrama, entertainment, frolic and a touch of intrigue,” explained director Kalani. “It’s a modern version of the operetta, but with a contemporary sense of humor. The hero is the villain and the victims elicit little sympathy. So you find yourself cheering her on despite the growing body count.
“In the space of two hours,” she said, “the stage transforms into more than a dozen locations, from a London street to the great hall of a castle. The cast of nine people represents nearly 50 personalities. Stunning vocal performances, razor-sharp lyrics and unbridled fun make this show an absolute delight!”
This musical won four Tony Awards for its Broadway production in June 2014, including Best Musical. It’s the fun story of Montague “Monty” Navarro, played by CRT actor Michael Burchett. Monty is the heir to a family fortune. He sets out to skip the line of succession by eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way. And what about love? Murder isn’t the only thing on his mind.
Others in this memorable cast include Talia Rempel as Sibella Hallward, Monty’s love interest. Lexi Eckland plays Phoebe D’Ysquith and Denver Nash plays many roles in the D’Ysquith family.
The set includes Brooke Sundahl, Courtney Barnett, Cathy Kohler, Dan Duret and Leroy Christopherson.
Tickets for this unusual musical that is suitable for all ages are $35.00 with senior and group discounts available. For tickets and information www.crtshows.com.