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A Beautiful Note from NYC

I just cried ugly tears. The kind that happens when something really, truly speaks to you and you realize why life led you there. I have to be honest. I came here for work. To see and talk about a Broadway show that’s coming to Cincinnati soon. I knew it was about a woman named Carole King who was a songwriter behind the scenes for a LONG time and then eventually wrote, and sang, her own album…didn’t know much more than that. Without giving anything away, tonight I saw a show about an incredible woman I related to on SO many levels. Perusing a passion for a profession instead of a traditional career path, raising a quickly growing family, the struggle to juggle it all… all while trying to fan the flame of your passion that you so dearly love and makes you feel alive when it burns bright… and having the confidence that you CAN. When Pete was sick, I wrote a lot. My mom reminded me that I did that a lot growing up too. I’ve always loved writing {especially when I need to talk to someone – but not talk to anyone}. With a newborn and toddler though, the house is never quiet enough for me to have a complete thought let alone actually write. Tonight’s show reminded me how powerful the pen can be… how it can help release, clarify and detoxify how you feel about things. So, I don’t know how I’m going to do it, or what it will be about, but I’m going to get back to writing again. I’ve been truly touched and inspired tonight. And that, my friends, is Beautiful.

Review: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

(A guest post by my fabulous intern, Kelly Maglocci)

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is like a wolf in sheep’s clothing: a dark humored comedy presented in a classic, light hearted fashion. This Tony Award winning musical tells the tale of Monty Navarro, a social climbing pauper that discovers he has ties to aristocracy. Only 8 distant relatives stand between him and becoming the Earl of Highhurst. Fueled by the D’Ysquith family’s dismissive response to his mother’s then his own attempts to reconnect, Monty, played by Kevin Massey, vows to take down all those that stand between he and becoming the earl.

The same actor, John Rapson, played the entire D’Ysquith family and executed numerous costume changes seamlessly. His ability to make each character individual and charismatic is a testament to his immense talent and comedic acting ability. The leading ladies of the show, Sibella Hallward, Monty’s mistress, played by Kristen Beth Williams, and Phoebe D’Ysquith, his cousin and love interest, played by Kristen Hahn, demonstrated tremendous range while singing songs such as “I’ve Decided to Marry You” and “I Don’t Know What I’d Do.”

The set design was stunning and the magnificent stage acted as another player that engaged the audience. Each scene was enhanced by a digital background making them vibrant and full of life. Throughout the play, the audience was erupting into laughter and applause. The lobby crowded during intermission with the audience buzzing about the play’s humor and anticipating what would unfold in the second act.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is showing now through January 8 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Don’t miss your chance to see Broadway in Cincinnati! Tickets are available here.