BY TARA BURKE
As a I mentioned in a previous post, Cailin chose to go to “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” for her Valentine’s Day treat. She was interested in going because she is a fan of the comedic Broadway shows. She really loved “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, which is also a comedy and since we hadn’t seen a show in awhile, she was looking for a good laugh.
The show revolves around Monty Navarro who finds out that he has familial ties to the rich and highly esteemed D’Ysquiths family. In turn, he goes on a murderous quest to become the first heir in line to be declared Earl of Highhurst. The plot in itself is entertaining and as always the voices were great, but for some reason “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” fell a little flat for us. It just wasn’t as funny or witty as we expected it to be. Jefferson Mays who plays all eight D’Ysquiths in the way of Monty Navarro’s rise to Earldom was highly praised for his performance. He definitely pulled the craziness, greediness, flamboyance and self-righteousness out of each of his varied characters, but a lot of the humor was based off of silly contorted faces compared to cleverly timed comedic relief. We both enjoy a screwball comedy once in a while, but we only found ourselves laughing a few times at this show. However, there were plenty of people howling away in laughter at the show, so to each his own! It wasn’t our favorite musical we’ve ever seen, but as a whole, we enjoyed the experience.
Another thing I’ll have to fill you in on is Rush Tickets for AGLAM. The box office at the Walter Kerr Theatre opens at 10am on weekdays through Saturday and 12pm on Sundays. On Saturday we arrived at 10:30am and the rush tickets ($42 for side orchestra and box seats) were sold out. They were selling $65 tickets for the same seating area at this time, which they don’t advertise doing anywhere. So, if you miss rush that’s something to keep in mind. We opted to try again on Sunday and to be safe got there around 9:50am. There was only one person in front of us in line, but it was one of the coldest and windiest days of the year, so people would get in line and then give up after 30 minutes.
We stuck it out and at 11:30am they let us wait inside, thank goodness. We ended up getting first row tickets (all rush tickets are a slightly obstructed view) on the left side of the theater. Due to the stage props at certain times we couldn’t see back center stage, but we had the advantage of being so close that we could hear individual cast member’s voices. That was pretty cool, because if you sit further away their voices blend into perfect melodies and harmonies, but we could actually identify who was the tenor and who was the bass in a lot of songs. It was also a testament to how great their voices actually are.