The show with book by Robert L. Freedman, music by Steven Lutvak and lyrics by Freedman and Lutvak, got a rave in the New York Times, brightening its prospects for a possible Broadway transfer (though nothing has been officially announced). Producers traveled to Hartford to see the earlier run in Connecticut. The staging, directed by Hartford artistic director Darko Tresnjak, who is former Old Globe co-artistic director, is a co-production of the two theatres.
The musical is based on the novel "Israel Rank" by Roy Horniman.
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder will run March 8-April 14 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is March 13.
Here's how the dark romp 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."
Ken Barnett stars as the charming and vengeful Monty Navarro. He has appeared on Broadway in Wonderful Town directed by Kathleen Marshall and The Green Bird directed by Julie Taymor. His Off-Broadway credits include the world premiere of February House, Manon/Sandra, Debbie Does Dallas, The Whore of Sheridan Square and La Ronde, for which he received the Best Actor Award at the New York International Fringe Festival.
Jefferson Mays plays all eight ill-fated members of the D'Ysquith clan. Mays' Broadway debut in the one-man show I Am My Own Wife earned him the 2004 Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play as well as Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Obie, Helen Hayes and Drama League Awards. His other Broadway credits include Journey's End, Pygmalion and last season's Gore Vidal's The Best Man. His Off-Broadway credits include the American premiere of Blood and Gifts, Measure for Measure, Quills and Orestes.
The cast of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder also features Chilina Kennedy (as Phoebe D'Ysquith), Lisa O'Hare (as Sibella Hallward) and Heather Ayers, Rachel Izen, Kevin Ligon, Kendal Sparks, Price Waldman and Catherine Walker (Ensemble).
The creative team includes choreographer Peggy Hickey, Alexander Dodge (scenic design), Linda Cho (costume design), Philip S. Rosenberg (lighting design), Dan Moses Schreier (sound design), Aaron Rhyne (projection design), Charles LaPointe (wig design), Jonathan Tunick (orchestrator), Mike Ruckles (music director), Dianne Adams McDowell and Steven Lutvak (vocal arrangements), Binder Casting (casting), Jan Gist (dialect consultant) and Susie Cordon (stage manager).
For more information, visit TheOldGlobe.org.