A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

sep 6 - sep 29, 2019
Book & Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman
Music & Lyrics by Steven Lutvak
Based on a novel by Roy Horniman
Performance Times:
7:30 PM Wednesdays through Saturdays; 2:00 PM Sundays
Run Time:
2 hours 20 minutes including a 15-minute intermission
Theatre:
Mainstage

The musical comedy that’s killing it!

Set in London in 1907, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder centers on Monty Navarro, a penniless clerk who learns after the death of his mother that he is ninth in line to inherit the earldom of Highhurst, controlled by the wealthy D’Ysquith banking family. After the imperious ruling Lord dismisses Monty’s claim of being a relative, the eight D’Ysquiths ahead of young Mr. Navarro begin dying in natural and unnatural ways. A single actor plays all the not-so-nice D’Ysquiths, which adds to the merriment. 

Read more about the show and hear snippets of songs on the MTI website.

Note: The show includes a recorded gunshot sound effect.

Mainstage Content Advisory: The Playhouse does not rate subject matter as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have questions about content, age appropriateness, or other aspects of the show (ie strobe lights and other theatrical effects), please contact the ticket office at 515-277-6261.


The performance at 2:00 PM on Sunday, Sept. 15, will have live audio description, provided by IRIS. Please contact our ticket office at 515-277-6261 if you would like to use this free service.

 

 

 

Sponsored by:

Monty Navarro
Zachary Smith
Miss Shingle
Gina Gedler
Sibella Hallward
Maggie Schmitt
Asquith D'Ysquith Jr.
Brett Spahr
Tour Guide
Sophie Rounds
Lord Adalbert D'Ysquith
Brett Spahr
Reverend Lord Ezekial D'Ysquith
Brett Spahr
Miss Barley
Sarah Florian
Lord Asquith D'Ysquith Sr
Brett Spahr
Henry D'Ysquith
Brett Spahr
Tom Copley
Austin Garner
Phoebe D'Ysquith
Courtney Kayser
Lady Hyacinth D'Ysquith
Brett Spahr
Newsboys
Austin Garner
Ann Kramer
Hunter Quint
Sophie Rounds
Major Lord Bartholomew D'Ysquith
Brett Spahr
Lady Salome D'Ysquith Pumphrey
Brett Spahr
Actors
Austin Garner
Derek Phelps
Hunter Quint
Lady Eugenia
Ann Kramer
Mr. Gorby
Derek Phelps
Chief Inspector Pinckney
Hunter Quint
Guard
Austin Garner
Magistrate
Derek Phelps
Chauncey
Brett Spahr
Ensemble
Sarah Florian
Austin Garner
Ann Kramer
Derek Phelps
Hunter Quint
Sophie Rounds
Production Team
Director
John W. Viars
Music Director
Brenton Brown
Choreographer
Alison Shafer
Scenic Designer
Nicholas Amundson
Costume Designer
Angela Lampe
Lighting Designer
David R. Kilpatrick
Sound Designer
Josh Jepson
Properties Designer
Sarah Beth Weinberg
Stage Manager
Greg Millar
Technical Director
Nate Lawrence-Richards
Artistic Director
Katy Merriman
Assistant Director
Toni Farris
Assistant Stage Manager
Kyle Bochart

Des Moines Community Playhouse Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kill Date: September 29, 2019
Subject: The Des Moines Community Playhouse Presents A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Contact: Lee Ann Bakros, Playhouse Public Relations Director, 515-974-5358

The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents the Tony Award-winning musical comedy A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Sept. 6-29, 2019. Tickets may be purchased online at dmplayhouse.com, by phone at 515-277-6261, or at the Playhouse ticket office, 831 42nd St. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is sponsored by Infomax Office Systems.

Set in London in 1907, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder centers on Monty Navarro (Zachary Smith), a penniless clerk who learns that he is ninth in line to inherit the earldom of Highhurst, controlled by the wealthy D’Ysquith banking family. After the ruling Lord dismisses Monty’s claim of being a relative, the eight D’Ysquiths ahead of young Mr. Navarro begin dying in natural and unnatural ways. A single actor (Brett Spahr) plays all the eccentric heirs, which adds to the merriment. 

The Playhouse cast includes Sarah Florian, Austin Garner, Gina Gedler, Courtney Kayser, Ann Kramer, Derek Phelps, Hunter Quint, Sophie Rounds, Maggie Schmitt, Zachary Smith, and Brett Spahr. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is directed by John W. Viars with music direction by Brenton Brown and choreography by Alison Shafer.

The Playhouse is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the US. Located at the 42nd Street exit of I-235, the theatre has presented a full season of shows since 1919 and also offers a wide variety of educational experiences including classes for ages 4 to adult, theatre trips to New York, and volunteer opportunities onstage and backstage.

For more information about the Playhouse and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, contact the Playhouse ticket office at 515-277-6261.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Performances: September 6-29, 2019
7:30 PM Wednesday-Saturday
2:00 PM Sunday

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Tickets
Ticket prices start at $29
To purchase tickets:
dmplayhouse.com
515-277-6261
Des Moines Community Playhouse Ticket Office, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312

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Brett Spahr plays all eight D’Ysquith heirs in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Sept. 6-29, 2019, at the Des Moines Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

(Left to right) Maggie Schmitt, Zachary Smith, and Courtney Kayser in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Sept. 6-29, 2019, at the Des Moines Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

(Left to right) Courtney Kayser, Maggie Schmitt, and Zachary Smith in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Sept. 6-29, 2019, at the Des Moines Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Brett Spahr and Zachary Smith in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Sept. 6-29, 2019, at the Des Moines Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.