Dec 23, 2013
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'A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder' Co-Producer, 21, Is From Branford

'A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder' Co-Producer, 21, Is From Branford

A long way from the stage at Branford High School, Greg Nobile has a Broadway hit on his hands with “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” a musical that tells the story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to shorten the line of succession using charm and a dash of murder.

Greg Nobile may only be 21 years old, but he might just be on a trajectory to save the world — or at least the part of the world involved with theater. (He may still have time to get to the rest of the world after he’s done with this part.)

A little over three years ago, Nobile was just a kid graduating from Branford High School and heading off to Marymount Manhattan College in New York to study arts administration.

And now, having realized after one semester that college wasn’t right for him, not only does he have his own production company, he’s also a co-producer of a much-heralded musical comedy that opened on Broadway less than a month ago. “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” has been called a “tour de force” by The New York Times, and “the most fun you can have on Broadway” by Time Out magazine. Entertainment Weekly said it is as “gut-busting as ‘The Book of Mormon.’”

Wow.

The show premiered at the Hartford Stage and, in fact, was the first production to make the transfer from there to Broadway since “Enchanted April” in 2003. Nobile’s job as co-producer was connecting with investors, people who have a love for the arts and for theater and want to find a way to be a part of that.

“What we’re providing is an incredible opportunity for investors who can afford it,” he says. “Broadway is very risky, as is racing thoroughbreds. But it’s high risk, high reward. The people I’ve found are passionate about the show. They bring groups of friends and really connect with the show. It’s an experiential investment.”

But that’s not all that Nobile does. He’s also the interim managing director of the Legacy Theatre, which is taking on the task of bringing Stony Creek’s famous Puppet House Theatre back to its natural glory. And he’s working hard on the world premiere of a new musical, “Witness Uganda” at the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard in Cambridge.

Nobile is still a little bit stunned at how his life is turning out, although he does acknowledge that it’s no accident. He may be young, but he’s been “laser-focused,” as he describes it, working toward this career as a theatrical producer. In a way, he’s been training for this career since he was 6 years old.

See the full story at the New Haven Register online.

 

'A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder' Co-Producer, 21, Is From Branford

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