Wednesday, April 24, 2024



A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

Book and Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman & Music and Lyrics by Steven Lutvak
Based on A Novel by Roy Horniman
Directed by Brian B. Crowe

WHEN: May 15 - June 9, 2024; a full performance calendar can be found on the STNJ website.

WHEREF.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue (at Lancaster Road), Madison, NJ

TICKETS AND INFORMATION: Call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit



The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated opening of its 62nd season with the Tony Award-winning musical comedy A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, marking the theatre's first musical in over a decade.

Based on the comedic novel by Roy Horniman and brought to life by the brilliant minds of Robert L. Freedman (Book and Lyrics) and Steven Lutvak (Music and Lyrics), A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder directed by Brian B. Crowe is set to captivate audiences with its witty humor, unforgettable music, and captivating storyline. “The Shakespeare Theatre has always been more than just Shakespeare, and we are thrilled to include a wide range of compelling productions for all audiences this season,”  says new Artistic Director Brian B. Crowe

"It's rare for me to laugh out loud when reading a script, so when that happened repeatedly with Gentleman's Guide, I knew it was a piece that I wanted to share with our audiences. Freedman and Lutvack's delightfully wicked comedy unites unforgettable music, sharp wit, decadent characters, and a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat till the very end.  They have transformed a comic crime novel from 1907 into a knock-'em dead riotous musical comedy that continues to leave audiences rolling in the aisles." 

The STNJ’s cast includes: Christopher Sutton (Spamalot Nat'l Tour) plays all eight of the ill-fated D'Ysquith heirs who fall prey to the charming and murderous Monty Navarro, portrayed by Miles Jacoby (Book of Mormon Nat'l Tour). The cast also features Lauren Cohn (B'Way Mama Mia) as Miss Shingle, Eryn LeCroy (B'Way Phantom, 1776) as Phoebe D'Ysquith, and Claire Leyden as Sibella Hallward. The production also includes Javier Alfonso Castellanos, Bobby Cook Gallagher, Francesca Mehrotra, James Conrad Smith, Kayla Ryan Walsh, and Katie Zaffrann.

The creative team includes Doug Oberhamer (music director), Dick Block (set design), Austin Blake Conlee (costume design), Matt Weisgable (lighting design), Steve Beckel (sound design), Jeffrey Marc Alkins (choreography), Julie Foh (dialect consultant), and Carolyn Fast serves as Production Stage Manager.

 A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder promises a rollercoaster ride of laughter and suspense until the final curtain falls. Don't miss your chance to experience the mystery, romance, and hysterical mayhem of A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.  

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder is sponsored by The S. Dillard and Adrienne Kirby Family Philanthropic Fund (CFNJ)

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional major support is received from the F.M. Kirby Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Edward T. Cone Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, CTW Foundation, The Samuel H. Scripps Foundation, Union Foundation, E.J. Grassmann Trust, Hyde, and Watson Foundation, Jack K. Ayre and Frank Ayre Lee Theatre Foundation, The John R. Eckel Jr. Foundation, Turrell Fund, The Merrill G. and Emita E. Hastings Foundation, and the Howard Gilman Foundation, as well as contributions from numerous other foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individuals.