A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Will Hit the Road

News   A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Will Hit the Road
 
The Tony Award-winning musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder will launch a U.S. national tour at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre next fall.

Jefferson Mays
Jefferson Mays Photo by Joan Marcus

The show's 44-week national tour begins with a Sept. 29-Oct. 11 engagement in Chicago. Additional stops will be announced shortly.

"We've loved how much Broadway audiences have embraced Gentleman's Guide, and enthusiasm for this show has reached far beyond New York," producer Joey Parnes said in a statement. "From the production's world premiere in Hartford to its run in San Diego, it has already delighted crowds on both coasts. We've been dying to bring it to the rest of the country so they, too, can see what all the fuss – and laughter – is about."

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).

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) and Charles G. LaPointe (wig design). Orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick, and vocal arrangements are by Dianne Adams McDowell. Paul Staroba serves as music director.

The current Broadway cast features Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham, Lisa O'Hare, Catherine Walker, Carole Shelley, Pamela Bob, Sandra DeNise, Joanna Glushak, Greg Jackson, Eddie Korbich, Jeff Kready, Mark Ledbetter, Jennifer Smith, Kathy Voytko and Price Waldman.

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.

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