COLDWATER- The 2014 Tony Award Best Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder comes to the Tibbits stage in madcap fashion Thursday, July 19 through Saturday July 28 in Coldwater, MI.
A distant heir to a family fortune sets out to speed up the line of succession by using a great deal of charm and a dash of murder. The 2014 Best Musical (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League) takes a murderous romp filled with unforgettable music, non-stop laughs, and one actor who plays all eight of the heirs from the flamboyant country squire to the terrible actress to the aging war hero, all of whom meet their ends in the most creative and side-splitting ways.
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is based on the 1907 comic novel Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal by Roy Horniman. The show features Tibbits veterans Brian P. Sage and Ben Shimkus, as well as Jackie Collins and Tibbits newcomer Hope Pauly, plus an ensemble of additional professional actors.
Direction and musical staging of this production are provided by Charles Burr, with music direction by Lisa Lawrence, choreography by Emma Driver, scenic design by John Michael Bohach, costume design by Marc W. Vital II, lighting design by Catie Blencowe, props by Hannah Cormier, and sound design by Joel Pape.
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is presented with the support of the Coldwater Board of Public Utilities, who have supported the Tibbits as a Summer Theatre sponsor since 2015. Since the late 1800s, CBPU has provided safe, reliable, competitive and efficient utility products and services, including electric, water, wastewater, and garbage. They also offer telecommunications services like HD cable, high-speed internet, and digital phone.
Performances of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder are July 19, 20, 21 and 26, 27, 28 at 7:30pm with matinees at 2pm on July 19 and 25. Tickets are available online at Tibbits.org, through the Tibbits box office at the theatre 9am to 6pm weekdays, or by calling 517-278-6029. All performances are held at the beautiful historic Tibbits Opera House located at 14 S. Hanchett Street in Coldwater.
For more information, call or visit Tibbits.org. To learn more about the cast members and crew, go to Tibbits.org/blog or join the chatter on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Tibbits receives support from Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.