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Follow the funny ‘Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ at Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville April 26-May 19

Follow the funny ‘Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ at Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville April 26-May 19
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From a press release:

The Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville will present the Tony Award-winning musical comedy “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” beginning Friday, April 26 and running four weekends through Sunday, May 19.

Directed by Alexandra Liguori and musically directed by Jennifer Hunter, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” is a murderous romp filled with unforgettable music and nonstop laughs that garnered 10 Tony nominations and four wins, including Best Musical, in 2014.

When the low-born Monty Navarro, played by Ben Steltz, finds out that he’s eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D’Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhurst?

Karl Kleist plays the D’Ysquith family – eight different characters in total of varying ages, sexes, and social classes.

“Playing so many people involves some very fast costume changes,” Kleist said. Autumn Jai Galka serves as the production’s costumer and helps ensure each D’Ysquith is unique.

“Also, changing my voice, accent, mannerisms, the way I move, my facial expressions, and trying to get into a different head space in such a short amount of time,” Kleist continued.

Other cast members include, Cate McDonald, Ericka Law, Debbi Kilfoil, Eyanna Gruver, Mike Wawrzynek, Sarah Pellegrini, Matthew Buckman, Jess Ross, and Matty Moorhead.

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” opens at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 26 and continues on April 27, 28, and May 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19. Sunday matinee performances will be held at 3 p.m. For all shows, audience members have the option of purchasing a dinner and show ticket or a “show only” ticket.

Doors at the Music Box (196 Hughes St., Swoyersville) open at 6 p.m., and the meal begins at 6:30 p.m. For matinees, doors open at 1 p.m., with the meal beginning at 1:30 p.m. Dinner tickets must be purchased in advance.

The Music Box is offering a special opening night pasta dinner on April 26. For that night only, dinner and show tickets are $25.

For the rest of the run, “show only” tickets are $20 while the buffet dinner with show tickets are $38. Both can be purchased by calling the box office at 570-283-2195 or e-mailing reservations@musicbox.org. Additional information is available at musicbox.org.