From First Date to Cabaret, A Look at the 2013-14 Season: The Musicals

By Playbill Staff
04 Apr 2014

Show: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Theatre: Walter Kerr Theatre

Preview: Oct. 22, 2013

Opening: Nov. 18, 2013
Closing: Open-ended

Creators: Music by Steven Lutvak. Book by Robert L. Freedman. Lyrics by Freedman and Lutvak. Direction by Darko Tresnjak. Choreography by Peggy Hickey.
Original Principal Cast: Jefferson Mays as The D'Ysquith Family, Bryce Pinkham as Monty Navarro, Lisa O'Hare as Sibella Hallward, Lauren Worsham as Phoebe D'Ysquith and Jane Carr as Miss Shingle.

Synopsis: 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."

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