National Tour of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Launches in September; Itinerary Announced

News   National Tour of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Launches in September; Itinerary Announced
The Tony Award-winning musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder will launch its first national tour in September, producer Joey Parnes announced April 13.

Jefferson Mays
Jefferson Mays Photo by Joan Marcus

The tour route includes stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Washington DC, and Toronto, among many other markets.

"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. "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."

The current tour itinerary follows:

Schenectady, NY (Sept. 19-26 at Proctor's Theatre)<br>
Chicago (Sept. 29-Oct. 11 at the Bank of America Theatre)<br>
Durham, NC (Oct. 13-18 at Durham Performing Arts Center)<br>
Tampa, FL (Oct. 20-25 at the Straz Center)<br>
Cleveland, OH (Nov. 3-15 at Playhouse Square)<br>
Pittsburgh, PA (Nov. 17-22 at the Benedum Theater<br>
San Francisco (Dec. 1-27 at the Golden Gate Theatre)<br>
Minneapolis, MN (Jan. 2-10, 2016 at the State Theatre)<br>
Washington, D.C. (Jan. 13-30 at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater)<br>
Des Moines, IA (Feb. 2-7 at the Des Moines Civic Center)<br>
Memphis, TN (Feb. 9-14 at the Orpheum Theatre)<br>
Denver (Feb. 16-28 at the Buell Theatre)<br>
Salt Lake City (March 1-6 at Kingsbury Hall)<br>
Las Vegas (March 8-13 at The Smith Center for Performing Arts)<br>
Tempe, AZ (March 15-20 at ASU Gammage)<br>
Los Angeles (March 22-May 1 at the Ahmanson Theatre)<br>
Houston (May 4-15 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts)<br>
Toronto, ON (May 18-June 26 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre)<br>
Seattle (July 12-31 at The 5th Avenue Theatre)<br><p>

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.


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 The Walter Kerr Theatre is located at 219 W. 48th Street.

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