Glowing reviews call A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER “the funniest new musical of the year!” (Time Out New York), “the best new musical of the year!” (The Wall Street Journal), and fittingly, “grade A! As gut-busting as THE BOOK OF MORMON!” (Entertainment Weekly).
Ever since the Tony Award nominations were announced on BroadwayWorld.com on April 29, 2014, the cast of A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE has been the center of attention, including Bryce Pinkham who has been getting the spotlight even more than normal: and for good reason. Our very own eagle has been nominated for “Best Actor in a Musical” for his performance as the central character and charming murderer, Monty Navarro. Along with Pinkham, Jefferson Mays, his Tony award-winning co-star has also been nominated for “Best Actor in a Musical” for his portrayal of all 8 D’Ysquith family members (and the victims of Monty). After witnessing their chemistry on stage one can see why: the duo is a wonderful mix of pomp and hysteria.
And they are in good company. Other Tony nominations for A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER include: Best Musical, Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Lauren Worsham), Best Direction, Best Book, Best Score, Best Orchestrations, Best Costume Design, and Best Scenic Design: basically, every aspect of the show is star-studded excellence worthy of a Tony. These ten nominations make A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE the most heavily nominated show this season.
Besides the Tony nominations, the show has also racked in nominations for 12 Drama Desk awards and 11 Outer Critics Circle Awards, both including our graduate as a nominee for Best Actor in a Musical.
Despite his lovely vocal abilities and hysterical knack for comedic timing, Bryce’s bio, as provided by the show’s website, confirms that he is exactly the kind of alum the rest of us still at Boston College should look up to—even when he’s not on the Broadway stage. Among his many theatrical and televised acting credits, Bryce is also credited as being a founding member of Zara Aina, “an NGO that uses theater to empower disfranchised children in Madagascar,” as well as a part of a theater company called Outside the Wire that performs for American military audiences. Outside the Wire has recently taken Bryce to Kuwait, Guantanamo Bay, and Japan.
After seeing this past Saturday’s show, my fellow current eagle friends and I met up with Bryce. Monty Navarro is certainly played by the right man: Bryce is as charming offstage as he is on, and is, indeed, a gentleman. As soon as we said we hailed from Boston College and were a part of BC’s resident theater kids, Bryce stepped aside with us and asked what was going on in Robsham these days, proving that a true eagle cares about his nest even after flying off to bigger stages.
All in all, I have nothing but good things to say about both the show and the man. If you’re around the NYC area and have $35 to spend, swing by the Walter Kerr theatre. A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER is a wonderful comedy, with a fabulous cast and witty lyrics and script. It is not the kind of musical that drowns you in glamour to make up for a simple plotline. Instead, it is the kind of show that keeps you spellbound, laughing and on the edge of your seat while simultaneously wanting to go out to a party with the people who just portrayed adultery, murder and greed. With such a great cast working with such spectacular material, I would not be surprised if all ten Tony nominations resulted with the coveted awards in the hands of this cast and crew.