View Comments The dastardly cast assembles! John Rapson and Kevin Massey will headline the national tour of the Tony-winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. Following previews in Schenectady in September, the tour will begin performances in Chicago and go on to play numerous cities across the U.S. including Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Tempe, Houston and Seattle.Rapson takes on the role of the colorful assembly of D’Ysquith heirs (all eight of them), while Massey will play Monty Navarro, the charmingly devilish young man out for their blood. Joining them will be Kristen Beth Williams as Sibella Hallward, Adrienne Eller as Phoebe D’Ysquith and Mary VanArsdel as Miss Shingle.Rapson heads to the tour after making his Broadway debut in Les Miserables. Massey appeared in the Great White Way company of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, where he understudied the role of Monty. He’s also appeared in Memphis, Tarzan and Big River. Williams’ Broadway credits include Pippin, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Anything Goes. A recent grad of NYU Tisch, Eller previously appeared regionally in The Little Mermaid and Hairspray. VanArsdel previously appeared in the national tour of Mary Poppins.Rounding out the cast are Christopher Behmke, Sarah Ellis, Matt Leisy, Megan Loomis, Dani Marcus, Lesley McKinnell, Kristen Mengelkoch, David Scott Purdy, Chuck Ragsdale and Ben Rosenberry.A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he’s got to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars. Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance…and be done in time for tea.The musical opened at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre on November 17, 2013, and went on to become the most nominated and honored production of the 2013-14 Broadway season. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder is the winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Direction of a Musical (Darko Tresnjak), Book of a Musical (Robert L. Freedman) and Costume Design of a Musical (Linda Cho).
The BMS 7th Grade improved to 2-0 with a 46-14 victory over Jac-cen-del. The Bulldogs put on a crippling press from the opening tip that forced the eagles into a lot of turnovers! Batesville’s physicality remained too much for the opponent. Scoring for Batesville was Jacob Stenger with 12, Gage Pohlman with 10, Cade Kaiser with 8, JJ Holcomb and Will Jaisle both added 5 points. 3 points for Carson Laker. 2 points for Jake Chapman and John Meyer. 1 point for Grant Goldsmith. The Bulldogs are back in action on Thursday home, against South Decatur. The 8th Grade won a close battle 39-35 at Jac-Cen-Del. The Bulldogs had another hot start leading 11-0 early in the first quarter. Batesville struggled all night with turnovers and foul trouble which lead to a tie game with a few minutes left in the fourth quarter. Gus Prickel, Jack Grunkemeyer, and Sam Johnson had some big points in the 4th to ice the game. Chris Lewis lead the Bulldogs in scoring with 13, followed by Jack Grunkemeyer (12), Gus Prickel (8), Sam Johnson (4), and Conner Drake (2). 8th grade moves to 2-0 on the season. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tyler Burcham.