'Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' live at the Lutcher Theater, Orange, Feb 9th

main character Monty Navarro in 'Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder'

Four-time Tony Award winning A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder comes to the Lutcher Theater in downtown Orange for one performance only on Friday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

It’s the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by – you guessed it – eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancé (she’s his cousin, but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will be all worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

The musical comedy was written by Robert Freeman and premiered at Hartford Stage in Connecticut in 2012 under the direction of Darko Tresjnak. A Gentleman’s Guide made its Broadway debut at Walter Kerr Theatre on Nov. 17, 2013 with a three-year run.

Tresjnak says all the musical’s characters – even the seemingly nice ones – are a “little wicked.” And the writers admit they took great pains to make their protagonist, Monty, sympathetic despite his murderous proclivities.

“He’s an underdog,” said Freedman. “Not only did he grow up poor, but he was denied the kind of life that he should have been born into and should’ve had. I think there’s a bit of fantasy or wish fulfillment, in seeing him be able to get revenge on the people who made it impossible for him to advance in the world.” 

Tresnjak added “this is the comic side of The Talented Mister Ripley. ... Why do we like to see people get away with it? Because, a part of us wants to get away with it – whatever it is.” 

Tickets are $45-$70 and can be purchased online at lutcher.org.