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Playhouse On The Square Opens 50th Season With Regional Premiere of A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER

Playhouse On The Square Opens 50th Season With Regional Premiere of A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER

Playhouse on the Square, in partnership with the Jerry & Nina Patton Family Foundation, Monogram Foods, and super sponsor Dr. Thomas Ratliff, is proud to present the regional premier of the 2014 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical.

Based on the novel Israel Rank by Roy Horniman. A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER tells the story of Monty Navarro, the black sheep of the D'Ysquith family. When he finds out he is ninth in line to inherit a dukedom, he decides to eliminate the other eight heirs standing in his way. All the while, Monty has 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!

Making their debuts on the Playhouse on the Square stage are guest artists, Ryne Nardecchia and Adam Cates. Nardecchia joins Playhouse fresh off the A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER national tour. While Cates will direct and choreograph after mounting the first national tour as associate choreographer.

Joining Nardecchia onstage as Miss Marietta Shingle, is Lorraine Cotten, last seen in Playhouse on the Square's production of MEMPHIS. Resident Company Member, Brooke Papritz (HEATHERS, FUN HOME) plays Monty's mistress, Sibella Howard. While Resident Company Member Michael Gravois (LAUGHTER on the 23rd FLOOR, PERFECT ARRANGEMENT) portrays the entire D'Ysquith family.

A GENTLEMEN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER complete cast is as follows:

CAST LIST (In alphabetical order)

  • Miss Marietta Shingle, et al - Lorraine Cotten
  • Inspector Pinkney, Ancestral Bust #2, et al - Danny Crowe
  • Lady Eugenia D'Ysquith, Newsboy #3, et al - Kirstin Doty
  • Tom Copley, Guard, Newsboy #1, et al - Ryan Duda
  • Tour Guide, Selina Chard, et a - Amy Friedlander
  • The D'Ysquith Family - Michael Gravois
  • Clerk #1, Newsboy #2, Alfred Gorby, et al - Roman Kyle
  • Phoebe D'Ysquith - Kelly McCarty
  • Monty Navarro - Ryne Nardecchia
  • Sibella Hallward - Brooke Papritz
  • Evangeline Barley, Hilda, et al - Emily Pettet
  • Ancestral Bust #1, Dr. Pettibone, et al - Talen Piner
  • Magistrate, Judge Brack, et al - Ryan Scott
  • Sibella's Maid, Newsboy #4, et al - Michaela Tramuta


  • Director/Choreographer - Adam Cates
  • Assistant Director - Tad Cameron
  • Music Director - Nathan McHenry
  • Stage Manager - Morgan Corlew
  • Technical Director/Production Manager - Phillip Hughen
  • Costume Designer - Kathleen R. Kovarik
  • Lighting Designer - Justin Gibson
  • Scenic Designer - Ryan Howell
  • Sound Designer - Carter McHann

Performances will run Thursday - Saturday 8:00 pm curtain and with 2:00 pm curtain on Sunday. For tickets, call the Box Office at (901) 726-4656 or visit our website Group rates are also available.

Special ticket pricing for opening weekend $25. Pay What You Can performance, sponsored by ArtsFirst and the First Tennessee Foundation is August 16th.

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