"The big hook of the musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” is Jefferson Mays. He doesn’t just give a performance — he gives eight of them, impersonating members of the same British family. And yet none of them really register." Full Review
"A true tour de force that is hardly likely to be bettered on Broadway this season...Despite the high body count, this delightful show will lift the hearts of all those who’ve been pining for what sometimes seems a lost art form: musicals that match streams of memorable melody with fizzily witty turns of phrase." Full Review
"The authors of the musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder are aiming for droll comedy; especially in the knock-’em-dead performance of Jefferson Mays as various undearly departeds, they usually hit their mark." Full Review
"Everything about the show is so likable. I left Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder having had a perfectly pleasant time with a pair of talented new theatre-writers, in the company of a delightful cast.But rousing? No." Full Review
"Since it turns on the niceties of aristocratic succession, why not start the coronation early: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is the new undisputed king of musical comedy. Filled with lunatic sightgags and the wittiest, loveliest show tunes in years, there’s not a weak link in the lively cast." Full Review
"The musical’s influences would lead one to expect a quick-witted comedy set in Edwardian England, and A Gentleman’s Guide delivers on this expectation. Jefferson Mays’ track record as a master of multiple characters promises some jolly acting, and A Gentleman’s Guide delivers on that promise. The musical is well-designed, well-acted, and well enough plotted (with some twists that are well-crafted.) Yet for all its cleverness and wicked charm, this is an entertainment I could easily have skip... Full Review
"The show embraces a full spectrum of moth-eaten British comic archetypes, not least of them the frightfully plummy Adelbert, togged out in upper-crust hunting gear, his big number backed by the singing portraits of deceased forebears. Also unmistakably English is the musical’s judicious smattering of bawdy humor and double entendres." Full Review
"An unforgiving theater fact: A musical can have everything else going for it, but without a great score it’s got a hole in its heart. Case in point — the fun but flawed “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Full Review
"I am happy to report that, although it has been running for close to two years, the production is as lively and polished as it was in 2013...The sets, projections and costumes continue to delight. The music seemed a little more monotonous this time and the lyrics were occasionally lost by less than ideal enunciation, but the show is still a wonderful treat." Full Review
"Darko Tresnjak’s clever, gorgeously costumed production…Lutvak has proven himself a first-rate songwriter in the world of cabaret, but his work here is less memorable than I’d hoped. There are a couple of very fine comic numbers, but I expected some more beautiful ballads…Still, if you want two-and-half-hours of mayhem and merriment, guide yourself over to the Walter Kerr Theatre. The only danger you’ll be in for is having too good a time.' Full Review
"There are different ways to make it to the top. You could start at the bottom and work hard, or breeze into the family business — or you could try murdering your way to success, as in the dazzlingly funny new musical comedy "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder." Full Review
"A most delightful and charming evening...Director Darko Tresnjak has imbued the piece with lots of clever and delightful sight gags and they work perfectly. Whether it is the fault of the authors or the director, the two acts are uneven. A lot happens in Act I and not enough in Act II...Nonetheless, it is a smart musical and can be enjoyed thoroughly. 'A Gentlemen’s Guide' ranks as one of the highlights of the fall season." Full Review
Overkill has seldom been more enjoyable than in A Gentleman's Guide, a thoroughly delightful and uproarious Broadway musical about an Edwardian serial killer who could be a well-heeled cousin of Sweeney Todd by way of P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves." Full Review
"The musical is smart, funny, and entertaining. There are many aspects of the production to praise with primary honors going to the tour de force performance of actor Jefferson Mays...'A Gentlemen’s Guide' is smaller in scale, but nonetheless wholly satisfying... Director Darko Tresnjak assuredly guides the musical through its paces." Full Review
See it if This was a big hit and curiosity got the better of me and I went to see it. It was much weirder than I'd expected.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy shows about murder and death albeit told in a light, musical way!
See it if you love a great musical with great singing, dancing, acting and staging. the two and a half hours flew by! One of my favorite musicals!
Don't see it if You do not like a great musical with humor, great plot and hilarious at times It is fasted paced so if you have trouble keeping up with plot
See it if you enjoy classic musical theater. This has plot, characters, laughs, music, lyrics...and great performances and staging. Mays dazzled.
Don't see it if you want a short evening; Act I was long (the early exposition wasn't great). If you hate G&S you probably sh stay away. All others sh go!
See it if you have a preference for musicals of a bygone era and that are original... you don't mind forgeting the music once you leave.
Don't see it if you like splashy, fantasy-based stories. You just want to see any musical. Save up and see one you really want to see and can appreciate.
See it if Jefferson Mays' performance; a purely fun musical comedy; Jefferson Mays' performance.
Don't see it if This felt like a smaller musical produced in a larger venue than intended, so skip it if you like your musicals "Les Mis"-ish.
See it if you want a great show, especially if Jefferson Mays is in it. He was amazing, with the ability to play multiple characters in the show.
Don't see it if you want more of a love story or show for kids..
See it if You love actor Jefferson Mays & want to see him play several characters in a murder mystery (all convincingly & with quick costume changes).
Don't see it if You don't like fun musicals. You don't want to see a man playing a woman on stage. You prefer dramas. You don't like the movie /game "Clue."
See it if You love costume pieces. Looking for a clever show. Looking for laughs! Enjoy a fun night at the theatre
Don't see it if You want music/lyrics you'll remember for years! Looking for a dance-focused show. Looking for a deeper show.
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