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Photos: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER National Tour Kicks Off in Chicago!

The First National Tour of the Tony® Award-winning Best Musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder,opened at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. An opening night party followed the performance at The Driehaus Museum. Check out photos below!

The Chicago Sun-Times raves Gentleman's Guide is "pure delicious fun - a superbly crafted musical that, in its sparkling inaugural national touring incarnation is being delivered with the greatest panache," and the Chicago Tribune says it's "every bit as good as the show on Broadway."

John Rapson plays the role of the eight D'Ysquith heirs and Kevin Massey portrays the role of Monty Navarro. The Tour features Kristen Beth Williams (Sibella Hallward), Adrienne Eller(Phoebe D'Ysquith), and Mary VanArsdel (Miss Shingle). The cast also includes Christopher Behmke, Sarah Ellis, Matt Leisy, Megan Loomis, Dani Marcus, Lesley McKinnell, Kristen Mengelkoch, David Scott Purdy, Chuck Ragsdale and Ben Roseberry.

Produced by Joey Parnes, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder features a book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak. Direction is by Darko Tresnjak, with choreography by Peggy Hickey. The design team includes Alexander Dodge(Scenic Design), Linda Cho (Costume Design), Philip S. Rosenberg (Lighting Design), Dan Moses Schreier (Sound Design), Aaron Rhyne (Projections Design), Charles LaPointe (Wig Design), and Brian Strumwasser (Make-Up Design). Orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunickand Vocal Arrangements are by Dianne Adams McDowell and Steven Lutvak. Paul Starobaserves as Music Supervisor, and Larry Goldberg serves as Music Director.

Gentleman's Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he's got to juggle his mistress (she's after more than just love), his fiancée (she's his cousin but who's keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance... and be done in time for tea.

The most celebrated musical of the 2013-14 Broadway season, Gentleman's Guide received ten 2014 Tony® Award nominations, eventually winning four awards: Best Musical, Direction of a Musical, Book of a Musical, and Best Costume Design. In addition, it won the Best Musical prizes from the Drama League, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle, and received a 2015 Grammy® Award nomination for Best Musical Show Album.

Photos by Amy Boyle Photography

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