The Wagner College Theatre production of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” runs on the Main Hall stage over the weekends preceding and following Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 17-19 and Dec. 1-4. The curtain opens at 8 p.m. for shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, and at 2 p.m. for the Saturday and Sunday matinees.
Written by Steven Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman, “A Gentleman’s Guide” opened on Broadway in 2013 and was the winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Based on the 1907 novel, “Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal,” the show follows the young Monty Navarro as he discovers that he is not simply the son of a poor washerwoman but is actually a distant heir to the Earl of Highhurst and the D’Ysquith family fortune. Armed with this knowledge — and a little poison — Monty sets out to hasten his climb up the line of succession, using a great deal of charm and a dash of murder. Along the way he will be pulled between two love interests, Sibella and Phoebe, and must contend with a bevy of eccentric relations. Who will find love — and, more importantly, who will get out alive?
“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” is being directed by Wagner College Theatre professor and Tony Award winner Michele Pawk, with music direction by Lauri Young, scenic and projection design by Anthony Freitas, costumes by Brendan McCann, hair and makeup by Spring Super, lighting by Vicki Neal, sound by Daryl Bornstein and technical direction by Brian T. Sharron. The cast includes Hayden Verbanas, Sophia Constantino, Grace Beaudet, Joshua Romeo-Mullin, Kelli Griffin, Mikayla Thrasher, Sadie Corley, Emma Luxemburg, Liam Henry Ellis, Aidan Leach, Alexander Ullian, Sydney Cox, Mackenzie Quinn-Ross, Gina Prince, Jack Dunham, Nicholas Nuñez and Valencio Lazarczyk.
“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” captures all the musical charm of Broadway’s Golden Age and sparkles with biting word play and infectious melodies. After opening with “A Warning to the Audience,” the cast delivers a lavish outpouring of scintillating songs including “I Don’t Understand the Poor,” “Poison in My Pocket,” “Why Are All the D’Ysquiths Dying,” “I’ve Decided to Marry You,” “Stop! Wait! What?!” and much more.
Current members of the Wagner College community — including faculty, staff and students — are eligible for two complimentary tickets to “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” When reserving tickets online, be sure to create a profile and login using your wagner.edu email address and the benefit will be applied automatically at check out.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the ticketing page on our website. You can also contact the box office directly at 718-390-3259 and firstname.lastname@example.org. The box office, which is located in Main Hall, is open Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m., and one hour before every performance. Ticket prices vary depending on date and seat location: adult $25 to $32, senior $23 to $30, non-Wagner student $18 to $20, children $18 to $20.
If you feel ill or test positive for Covid-19, please do not come to the theater; contact the box office and we will do our best to accommodate your ticket request for another date. All audience members at WCT productions are strongly encouraged to wear masks when attending the productions.
About Wagner College Theatre
Wagner College’s Performing Arts Department provides students with a strong liberal arts background combined with intensive training in dance, music, acting, design and more. With more than 50 years producing musicals on Staten Island, Wagner College has become a leader in the field and has been ranked among the top five collegiate theater programs in the United States by the Princeton Review since 2004, most recently ranking third nationally in the 2023 Best 388 Colleges guide. Through a rigorous combination of theory and practice, the department seeks to foster leadership, a sense of community, artistic integrity, intellectual expertise and the best professional values to serve students in their chosen profession.
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