A light musical about murder that will make you laugh your head off? Sounds like an unlikely combination, but it’s one that has definitely worked for 2014 Tony Award-winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. The irreverent, funny show makes its Austin debut March 20-25 at Bass Concert Hall.
Lead character Monty Navarro sets his sights on a lofty prize after learning that he’s ninth in line to inherit a fortune. Erin McIntyre plays Phoebe D’Ysquith, one of Navarro’s love interests. “The entire show is hilarious. [Writers] Robert L Freedman and Steven Lutvak did such an amazing job, writing so many twists and turns,” she says. “It’s all very tongue and cheek, very much a farce.”
With Phoebe (sometimes) on his arm — he also has a mistress — Navarro creatively contributes to the demise of most of the eight people ahead of him in line. These eight family members are all brilliantly played by one actor, who has perfected the 14-second costume change.
“There’s no other show like it. Eight characters being played by one actor definitely makes for a unique show,” explains McIntyre. “James Taylor Odom does a phenomenal job portraying them all.”
McIntyre sought the role of Phoebe after seeing the show, and says the character is a dream to play. After performing extensively in Australia and the U.K., this run marks McIntyre's first American tour. “It’s been so wonderful to make my U.S. debut in a show that I absolutely love. Performing in the United States has been so fascinating,” she says.
McIntyre is looking forward to sharing her dream role with Austin audiences in the musical that proves just how funny murder can be. “It’ll make you forget your worries and have you laughing all night long."