‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’

There is no doubt a musical is going to be interesting when its opening number, titled “Prologue: A Warning to the Audience,” literally advises its audience that they are about to see something so ghastly, they may want to bail.

However, aside from the so-called warning, the multi-Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” is so full of fun and zany antics, even the faint-of-heart are not likely to budge from their seats. The musical about love and murder, which opens at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Tuesday for a one-week run, actually falls into the comedy theater genre.

Interestingly enough, the book and lyrics of the British-based play were written by Robert Freedman, who grew up in Orange County and graduated from Los Alamitos High School. Inspired by Roy Horniman’s 1907 novel “Israel Rank: The…

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