A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER
Robert L. Freedman
Robert L. Freedman & Steven Lutvak
Performing June 8 - July 14, 2019 at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, CA 93065
On the night of his mother's funeral, middle-class Englishman Monty Navarro learns an incredible secret: he is the "son of the daughter of the grandson of nephew of the second Earl of Highhurst." In other words, Monty Navarro is an aristocrat — if he can only find a way to prevent the eight earls preceding him from inheriting the earldom first. Buoyed along by love for two different women, the stunning and self-centered Sibella and the pious and witty Phoebe, Monty takes on his mission. As for the D'Ysquith family? One actor plays each ill-fated member, from the flamboyant country squire to the terrible actress to the aging war hero. In the witt, and ceaselessly entertaining A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, the audience is treated to Edwardian style, classic farce, and stunning operatic singing. Gentleman's Guide combines the best of the past with a contemporary sensibility and humor that earned it the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical. With non-stop laughs, a unique and soaring score, and unforgettable characters, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder has become an instant classic.
Arts Cultural Enrichment Center, 2956 School St., Simi Valley, CA 93065. Corner of Deodora and School St.
Saturday, April 6, 10am-1pm and Sunday, April 7, 6pm-9pm
Callbacks are Saturday, April 13 from 10am-1pm
Auditions are by appointment only, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Wallach, Director
Jan Glasband, Producer
Matthew Park, Musical Director
Becky Castells, Choreographer
Kimberly Kiley, Production Manager
Will Shupe, Set Design
Dean Foster, Stage Manager
ABOUT THE SHOW
A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER is the knock-'em-dead, uproarious hit and the most-nominated show of the 2014 Broadway season. With ten Tony nominations and four wins, including Best Musical, Book, Direction and Costumes, it also earned seven Drama Desk Awards (including Best Musical), four Outer Critics Circle Awards (including Best Musical) and one Drama League Award (Best Musical). When the low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he's eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D'Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn't the only thing on Monty's mind..
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is a murderous romp filled with unforgettable music, non-stop laughs and a scene-stealing role for one actor playing all eight of the doomed heirs who meet their ends in the most creative and side-splitting ways.
All ages are just a suggestion and will be adjusted to fit the needs of our casting. All should have decent to great movement/character physicality as well as familiarity with tongue-and-cheek comedy and delivery.
THE D'YSQUITH FAMILY (30s - mid 50s).
Must be an experienced, skilled, and transformational comedic actor who has a superb grasp on British farce. Physical comedy and stamina is a necessity. Does not necessarily need to be a phenomenal singer, but must be able to carry a musical comedy without an ounce of hesitation. Plays the following range of characters from the same family, ranging from an off-kilter priest to a closeted bee enthusiast to a lowly custodian (each of them intrinsic "English types"). Vocal range B2-F4.
Asquith D'Ysquith, Jr., a dandy
Lord Adlabert D'Ysquith, Eighth Earl of Highhurst
Reverend Lord Ezekiel D'Ysquith, a clergyman
Lord Adlabert D'Ysquith, Sr., an elderly banker
Henry D'Ysquith, a country squire
Lady Hyacinth D'Ysquith, a benefactress
Major Lord Bartholomew D'Ysquith, a bodybuilder
Lady Salome D'Ysquith Pumphrey, an actress
Chauncey D'Ysquith, a janitor
MONTY NAVARRO (Mid 20s -30s)
Handsome and effortlessly charming, clever and charismatic, vulnerable and endearing, with a highly developed appreciation for life's ironies. Monty is the engine of the plot; must be able to command attention and draw the audience in. Discovers he is in line to become the Earl of Highhurst, and intends to kill off the family that stands in his way. While he is intent on killing off the entire family tree, he must have a winning charm that would garner anybody's trust. Must have excellent comedic timing, vocal variation, and physical skills. Legit Baritone. A2-A4.
Sexy, flirtatious, narcissistic, willful girl that Monty loves - calculating, and irresistible. A social climber, yes, but also truly loves Monty, and in the end would do anything to protect him. Tremendous wit and high style. Strong mover. Character mezzo, F#3 to A5, belting not required.
PHOEBE (Early 20s -early 30s)
Beautiful, virtuous, forthright, romantic, comically earnest, with a backbone of steel. Monty's young poised virtuous cousin (and potential wife). She is not your typical ingenue, though. Actress must have a sense of irony and humor, in addition to a youthful innocence behind her sophistication. Coloratura soprano, range B3 up to a high sustained C#6 with an optional high Eb6. Very flexible and agile. Also open to performers from a strong operatic background.
MISS SHINGLE (40's-50's)
A Cockney housekeeper/governess who has served a wealthy, titled family for 30 years. She informs Monty that he is indeed a D'Ysquith. Storytelling is paramount for her role. Mezzo soprano, G3 to A5.
WOMAN #1 (20's-40's)
Plays TOUR GUIDE, as well as PUB OWNER'S WIFE, MRS. PEBWORTH, 3RD NEWSBOY. Seeking a character woman. Mezzo soprano, G3 to A5.
WOMAN #2 (30s -late 40s)
Plays LADY EUGENIA, an unhappily married countess. Overbearing and mean spirited at times, but comically so. Must be highly adept at the biting quip and the withering glare. Also plays MISS HETHERINGTON, and 4TH NEWSBOY. Vocal range F#3-A5
WOMAN #3 (Mid 20s - mid 30s)
Plays MISS BARLEY, an alluring artist model. Also plays SIBELLA'S MAID, HYACINTH COLLEAGUE, PHOEBE'S MAID, HILDA. Vocal range G3-C6
MAN #1 (20s - mid 30s)
Appealing and attractive. Plays TOM COPLEY (aka FARMER), as well as 2ND CLERK, HYACINTH COLLEAGUE, 2ND NEWSBOY, ACTOR, ANCESTRAL BUST, DR. PETTIBONE, and GUARD. High baritone with a strong top; solid A2-A4.
MAN #2 (Early 30s -40s)
A versatile and appealing character man. Plays DETECTIVE PINCKEY, who has a featured number. Also plays 1ST CLERK, PUB OWNER, MR. CROSS, 1ST NEWSBOY, 1ST ACTOR, PHYSICIAN, and 2ND ANCESTRAL BUST. Bass, C2 to G#4.
MAN #3 (Mid 20s -40s)
A character man. Plays THE MAGISTRATE, as well as MR. GOODSALL, ACTOR, and MR. GORBY. THE MAGISTRATE has a featured number with DETECTIVE PINCKEY. True tenor, Bb2 -Bb4
Compensation & Union Contract Details
There is no contract, stipend, or pay for this production.