See ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder’ at Sands Point Preserve

Hempstead House

Hempstead House. Image: Friends of Sands Point Preserve

The original stars of the Tony-winning A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder are reuniting for a special cabaret evening at Hempstead House.

“It’s going to be so fun to get together with Bryce, Jefferson and Catherine and perform again,” Lisa O’Hare said.

The musical comedy, which ended its Broadway run in January, is now on tour and composer Steven Lutvak is bringing the fun to the North Shore. Based on the 1907 novel Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal by Roy Horniman, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder tells the story of Monty Navvaro, a distant heir to a family fortune, who sets out to jump the line of succession by eliminating the eight relatives (all played by the same man) who stand in his way. Multiple lovers, a case of mistaken identity not to mention that inheritance—A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder has kept audiences laughing ever since it first debuted.

At Hempstead House this February, Lutvak and the original cast, Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham, Lisa O’Hare and Catherine Walker will reprise a series of completely delightful and witty songs in celebration of the musical.

“I’m planning including some of the music that was cut from show,” Lutvak said. “There were different versions of songs, this particular song I’ll be performing lays out one of the murders and in the different versions the murder takes place in a different way. The end result is the same but how you get there is different.”

VIP ticket holders can ask Lutvak all about those different versions during a cocktail reception and moderated Q&A with the cast. Dinner, the concert and dessert will follow.

For Lutvak, the performance at Hempstead House brings A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder full circle. He worked as an entrainment curator at Sands Point Preserve when he was in the early days of writing the lyrics for the musical.

“Friends of Sands Point Preserve has always been very kind,” Lutvak said. “The night is benefit, it’s a wonderful way to bring together the strands of my work, it’s just a win-win.”

What: Valentine’s Night Cabaret
Where: Hempstead House at Sands Point Preserve
When: Saturday, Feb. 13
More Information: General tickets ($125) include 7pm cocktails, dinner by Philip Stone, concert and dessert with the artists. VIP tickets ($250) include a 6pm cocktail reception featuring a Conversation with the Artists, a moderated Q&A discussion with the cast in the magnificent Breakfast Room, followed by dinner, concert and dessert. Tickets.