National Tour of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Opens Tonight

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The first national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder officially opens Sept. 30 at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre.

John Rapson
John Rapson

The limited engagement continues through Oct. 11 before making stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Washington DC, and Toronto, among many other markets.

Producers announced that the Broadway production will end its run Jan. 17, 2016.

"Before finding its way to Broadway, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder was first discovered by wonderfully enthusiastic audiences at Hartford Stage and at the Old Globe in San Diego," director Darko Tresnjak said in an earlier statement. "We are thrilled to take our production back on the road and to introduce the diabolical Monty Navarro and the hapless D'Ysquith family to theatergoers all over the U.S. and in Toronto."

John Rapson plays the role of the eight D'Ysquith heirs, and Kevin Massey portrays the role of Monty Navarro.

The cast also features Kristen Beth Williams (Sibella Hallward), Adrienne Eller (Phoebe D'Ysquith), and Mary VanArsdel (Miss Shingle). The Tour also includes Christopher Behmke, Sarah Ellis, Matt Leisy, Megan Loomis, Dani Marcus, Lesley McKinnell, Kristen Mengelkoch, David Scott Purdy, Chuck Ragsdale and Ben Roseberry.

The musical has a book by Robert L. Freedman, music by Steven Lutvak and lyrics by Freedman and Lutvak. Darko Tresnjak directs, and Peggy Hickey choreographs.

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder won 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).

Kevin Massey
Kevin Massey

Here's how the dark musical comedy is billed: "Monty Navarro  has just received some really great news from his late mother’s lifelong friend Miss Shingle! He’s a long-lost member of a noble family and could become the next Earl of Highhurst. There are only eight minor issues, namely the other relatives who precede him in line for the title. So Monty does what any ambitious, highborn gentleman would do: he sets out to eliminate them one by one, all while juggling his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin, but who’s keeping track?), plus the constant threat of landing behind bars! But it will all be worth it if he can slay his way into Highhurst Castle… and be done in time for tea. Each of the eight heirs perilously standing in the way of Monty’s fortune are played by Tony Award-winner Jefferson Mays, in one of the most breathtaking, whiplash-inducing performances ever attempted on the American stage."

The design team includes Alexander Dodge (scenic design), Linda Cho (costume design), Philip S. Rosenberg (lighting design), Dan Moses Schreier (sound design), Aaron Rhyne (projection design), Charles G. LaPointe (wig design) and Brian Strumwasser (makeup design). Orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick, and vocal arrangements are by Dianne Adams McDowell. Paul Staroba serves as music director.

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is produced by Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, 50 Church Street Productions, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Catherine & Fred Adler, Rhoda Herrick, Kathleen K. Johnson, Megan Savage, Shadowcatcher Entertainment, Ron Simons, True Love Productions, Jamie deRoy, Four Ladies & One Gent, John Arthur Pinckard, Greg Nobile, Stewart Lane & Bonnie Comley, Exeter Capital/Ted Snowdon, Ryan Hugh Mackey, Cricket-CTM Media/Mano-Horn Productions, Dennis Grimaldi/Margot Astrachan, Hello Entertainment/Jamie Bendell, Michael T. Cohen/Joe Sirola, Joseph & Carson Gleberman/William Megevick and Robert Greenblatt, in association with The Hartford Stage and the Old Globe Theatre.

Visit agentlemansguidebroadway.com/tour.php.

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