Tony-winning musical comedy ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder’ brings national tour to Penn State
“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” is a Tony Award-winning Best Musical, and will bring its national tour to the Eisenhower Auditorium for one performance at University Park on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 pm.
When purchasing tickets for the Center for Performing Arts presentation, prices differ depending on the section the ticket is assigned to inside of the theatre.
The University Park Student Fee Board gave the grant to lower the cost of University Park student tickets, which will be $50 and $41, Adult tickets will be $68 and $59 and for anyone 18 and younger, $51 and $42. Tickets are available online or by phone at 814-863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX. There are also three State College box office locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
“Gentleman’s Guide” tells the hilarious story of a man named Monty Navarro. Monty is a distant heir to a big family fortune who sets out for that fortune by all means. Monty has to balance out all of his relationships and his fate with the law. But it may go well for him if he can lay his hands on this inheritance fast enough.
“Gentleman’s Guide” is on the list of Broadway’s top celebrated musicals. So far, it got 10 Tony nominations in 2014 and won four: Best Musical, Direction of a Musical, Book of a Musical and Best Costume Design. It also won the best musical prizes from the Drama League, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle, and received a 2015 Grammy Award nomination for Best Musical Show Album.
“Gentleman’s Guide” has a book and lyrics written by Robert L. Freedman and music and lyrics written by Steven Lutvak. The direction and original choreography of this production has been done by Peggy Hickey (“Anastasia”), based on Broadway’s original Tony-winning direction by Darko Tresnjak (“Anastasia”).
The design and production team is comprised of a few different established members, like two-time Tony nominee Alexander Dodge, scenic design (“Anastasia,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”); Tony winner Linda Cho, costume design (“Anastasia”); Adam Cates, associate director and choreographer (“Anastasia”); Philip S. Rosenberg, lighting design (“The Elephant Man,” “It’s Only a Play”); four-time Tony-nominated Dan Moses Schreier, sound design (“Into the Woods,” “American Psycho”); Aaron Rhyne, projection design; and Jason Styres, CSA, casting. Jonathan Tunick produced the original orchestrations and Dianne Adams McDowell and Steven Lutvak handled all of the vocal arrangements. The music supervisor of this production is Paul Staroba.
“‘Gentleman’s Guide’ will lift the hearts of all those who’ve been pining for what sometimes seems a lost art form,” wrote a New York Times reviewer. A critic for The Hollywood Reporter wrote the production “restores our faith in musical comedy.” And a Time magazine reviewer wrote, “Just as I was about to give up on musicals, along comes ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.’”
A casually moderated conversation called Artistic Viewpoints (including a visiting artist or artists), is offered one hour before the show begins (in Eisenhower) and is completely free for ticket holders. However, Artistic Viewpoints regularly gets full pretty fast, so seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information about the show, visit www.cpa.psu.edu/events/gentlemansguide.