Sunday, 12 April 2015

Review: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.
We added this as our final little bonus to our NY holiday and were glad we did because it was hilarious. It had some really talented actors and some amazing singers. The costumes and sets were utterly outstanding. The English accents were phenomenal and I actually believed that Jefferson Mays and Jeff Kready were English. Unlike most American actors who when they try and do British accents and end up sounding Australian, these accents sounded really genuine. The great cast included Jefferson Mays as all 9 members of The D'Ysquith Family, Jeff Kready as Monty Navarro, Scarlett Strallen as Sibella Hallward, Catherine Walker as Phoebe D'Ysquith and last but certainly not least Carole Shelly as Miss Shingle. It was funny seeing each D'Ysquith being murdered one by one and this kept us on the edge of our seats waiting for the next one to be killed off. This is not like usual Broadway musicals as it has wry lyrics sung almost as an operatic musical depicting the good old English Edwardian era. The best scene was the dinner scene which will have you laughing hysterically. This scene is portrayed so well and one of the funniest musical theatre scenes I have ever seen. The only thing about this show is that the songs were quite forgettable as I left the theatre not being able to remember any of them. They were still good songs, but not your typical catchy musical songs.

The featured star of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is, drum roll please… JEFFERSON MAYS!

Jefferson is exceptionally talented and played all 9 roles faultlessly. He has great comic timing and if A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder ever comes to the West End I really hope he plays this role again.

Now for my final verdict on A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. I give A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder… 

This is a really good show if people are looking for a few good laughs one night and a very unusual musical with brilliantly funny acting.

Think it should have got a higher rating? Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

This brings a conclusion to yet another great NY holiday and I can't wait to come back. Join me next time when I will be reviewing The Pirates of Penzance.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has had minor cast changes since this review.


  1. I disagree with the rating, I think it deserves 5/5. Also, I disagree with what you said about the songs. Why are all the D'Ysquiths Dying? was great. And who could leave the theater without thinking of "Poison in My Pocket," or "Better with a Man?" My favourite song was "I've Decided to Marry You"

    1. Hey there!
      Thanks for your comment! It's interesting how we all perceive and recollect songs individually. However, the show on whole I did think was really good.

      -The Reviewer