|Photo by Henry DiRocco|
Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife) will repeat his work, playing eight roles in the frisky romp about a line of heirs, family money and homicide. Previews will begin Oct. 22 towards a Nov. 17 opening night. It has a book by Robert L. Freedman, music by Steven Lutvak and lyrics by Freedman and Lutvak.
A Broadway run of the production had been expected following strong critical notices, including a rave from the New York Times when it premiered in Connecticut. Hartford Stage artistic director Darko Tresnjak stages the production. The musical is based on the novel "Israel Rank" by Roy Horniman.
Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
Here's how the dark musical comedy is billed: "When Monty Navarro, the black sheep of the D'Ysquith family, finds out he is ninth in line to inherit a dukedom, he decides to eliminate the other eight heirs standing in his way — all played by Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife). Set in England's elegant Edwardian era, this witty music hall comedy explores how low we'll go to make it to the top."
Steven Lutvak (music, lyrics and vocal Arrangements) wrote the title track to Paramount's hit film "Mad Hot Ballroom." Lutvak and Freedman also wrote "Campaign of the Century," which was presented at the Chicago Humanities Festival and the New York Musical Theatre Festival, winning the California Musical Theater Award Competition from the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild. Lutvak's other musicals include The Wayside Motor Inn, Almost September (eight San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards and seven Dramalogue Awards for its West Coast premiere) and Esmeralda, for which he won a New American Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His other awards include two Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Grants and the Johnny Mercer Emerging American Songwriter Award. As a singer/songwriter, Lutvak has performed at Carnegie Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall and around the country.