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1 man, 8 murders, unending laughter

Camelot Theatre presents:

‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder’

Camelot Theatre presents one of the most celebrated musicals of the 2014 Broadway season, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.”

Set in London in 1909, “A Gentleman’s Guide” tells the uproarious, farcical 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. The family has disinherited Monty’s mother, so he plots his revenge, all the while juggling his mistress, who’s after more than just love, his fiancée, and the constant threat of landing behind bars.

With songs such as “I Don’t Understand the Poor,” “I’ve Got Poison in My Pocket,” “It’s Better with a Man,” and “I’ve Decided to Marry You,” “A Gentleman’s Guide” was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and won four, including Best Musical, Book, Direction and Costumes. It also earned Best Musical in the Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards and Drama League Awards. Book and lyrics are by Robert L. Freedman, with music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak.

Paul Cosca plays the roles of the eight wacky D’Ysquith heirs and Cody Pettit portrays Monty Navarro. “Gentleman’s Guide” also features Melanie Marie, Lauren Panter and Catherine Hansen, Elliot Anderson, Maxwell Bruhn, Mia Gaskin, Meagan Kirby, Linda Otto and Zaq Wentworth.

The cast will be accompanied by a live orchestra led by Music Director Don Hopkinson. Stage manager is Sabrina Schmit, sound designer Brian O’Connor, set designer Shawn Ramagos, costume designer Darby McCue and assistant costume designer Emily Sullivan.

Director Todd Nielsen says of the musical, “It’s everything I love about the theater — music, laughs, tongue-in-cheek, classy, stylish, sexy and British sensibility. Also, more importantly, a wonderful cast, design team, and crew to bring it to the Camelot stage.”

Opening Friday, Feb. 22, “A Gentleman’s Guide” plays at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Sundays, through March 17, with a fundraiser for Friends of the Jackson County Animal Shelter set for Feb. 27. Tickets are $20 to $28. Tickets can be purchased at the Camelot Theatre Box Office, 101 Talent Avenue, Talent; by calling 541-535-5250; or online at CamelotTheatre.org.

Box Office hours are Monday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and one hour before performances.

'A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder'
Actors Cody Pettit, Paul Cosca, Mia Gaskin. Photo by Steve Sutfin Photography.