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The two lead actors in the touring produc­tion of A Gentleman’s Guide are having a giddy good time — and audiences are, too. Kevin Massey (above left) plays the caddish Monty Navarro, while Jason Rapson (above right) plays the D'Ysquith family — all eight of them.

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eet Monty Navarro, an entitled but endearing twit who stands to inherit a fortune — only if eight distant relatives, who are inconveniently still living, first meet their demise. What to do? Penniless Monty’s quest to eliminate the D’Ysquith family members is what drives A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, a farcical frolic in which audiences cheer for a serial killer. If that sounds odd, then wait until you meet the pompous and peculiar D’Ysquiths. You’ll be cheering, too. A Gentleman’s Guide, which won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical, is next up in the FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando™ series at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. It brings its mirthful mayhem to the Walt Disney Theater February 7-12, 2017. Presented in collaboration with Broadway Across America and the Florida The64

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atrical Association, the remaining regular season includes Disney’s The Little Mermaid (March 7-12, 2017), Matilda — The Musical (May 9-14, 2017); and Finding Neverland (June 6-11, 2017). Wicked, the blockbuster season option, runs January 11-29, 2017. The season opened with The Illusionists — Live from Broadway (October 4-9), followed by The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (November 1-6). An American in Paris (December 13-18) will have completed its run by the time the majority of readers see this issue of ArtsLife. A Gentleman’s Guide is winning rave reviews across the country, at least in part because Americans have an enduring love for British-infused humor, which can veer from sophisticated to slapstick in the same scene. Monty Python, anyone? And yet, the show was written by two Americans: Robert L. Freedman (book and


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