Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Ends Tony-Winning Broadway Run

News   Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Ends Tony-Winning Broadway Run
 
The Tony Award-winning Best Musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, plays its final performance on Broadway Jan. 17 at 6:30 PM at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

Jefferson Mays in <i>A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder</i>
Jefferson Mays in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Photo by Joan Marcus

As of closing, the production will have played 30 previews and 905 regular performances at the Kerr, and its Tony Award-winning star, Jefferson Mays, will have died more than 6,000 deaths as various members of the ill-fated D’Ysquith family.

In April 2015, Gentleman’s Guide announced the recoupment of its entire Broadway production capitalization. The hit musical received ten 2014 Tony Award nominations, winning four awards: Best Musical, Direction of a Musical, Book of a Musical, and Best Costume Design.

Read the Playbill exclusive story behind how an underdog show took on the Goliaths of Broadway, won four Tony Awards (including the coveted Best Musical), and now walks away a critical and box-office success.

"The success of this show – which we’ve often said is nothing short of a miracle – is a testament to the artists who have created it and the audiences who have embraced it,” said producer Joey Parnes in an earlier statement. "This experience has been such a constant joy and, while we wish it could run on Broadway forever, we are excited about bringing the show to audiences from coast-to-coast with our tour." The musical is currently on tour throughout the country. Bryce Pinkham, who was Tony-nominated for creating the role of Monty Navarro in the Broadway production of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, returned to the Tony-winning production July 28, 2015.

Bryce Pinkham in <i>A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder</i>
Bryce Pinkham in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Photo by Joan Marcus

Pinkham had taken a leave of absence from the production to star in the Broadway revival of Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles.

"I am positively rhapsodic over the prospect of returning to Highhurst Castle," Pinkham said in an earlier statement. "I am particularly overjoyed to be reunited with my hero and partner(s) in crime, Jefferson Mays. By the way, do the D'ysquith's know I'm coming back? I bet they'll be tickled to death."

Gentleman’s Guide, according to press notes, "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 Tony-winning musical features a book by Robert L. Freedman, music by Steven Lutvak, and lyrics by Freedman and Lutvak. Darko Tresnjak directs, and Peggy Hickey choreographs.

Tickets are on sale via telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. Tickets are also available for purchase in person at the Walter Kerr Box Office (219 W. 48th Street).

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