Watch Cast of Gentleman's Guide Perform "I Don't Understand the Poor" on "The Tonight Show"

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and Adam Hetrick
16 May 2014

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

Cast members from the Tony Award-nominated musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, including Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays, performed "I Don't Understand the Poor" on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder earned 10 Tony Award nominations, the most of any production of the season.

Based on the 1907 novel "Israel Rank" by Roy Horniman, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder began Broadway previews Oct. 22, 2013, and officially opened Nov. 17 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

Mays (I Am My Own Wife) plays eight roles in the frisky romp about a line of heirs, family money and homicide. The cast also features Bryce Pinkham, Lisa O'Hare, Lauren Worsham, Jane Carr, Pamela Bob, Joanna Glushak, Eddie Korbich, Jeff Kready, Mark Ledbetter, Jennifer Smith, Price Waldman and Catherine Walker.

Here's how the dark musical comedy is billed: "Monty Navarro (Pinkham) has just received some really great news from his late mother’s lifelong friend Miss Shingle (Carr)! 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 (O'Hare) (she's after more than just love), his fiancée (Worsham) (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."