|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Based on the 1907 novel "Israel Rank" by Roy Horniman, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder opened on Broadway Nov. 13, 2013, at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Critics praised the musical that has a book by Robert L. Freedman, music by Steven Lutvak and lyrics by Freedman and Lutvak. Darko Tresnjak directs, and Peggy Hickey choreographs.
In addition to taking the Tony Award for Best Musical, Gent's Guide won Tony Awards for Best Book, Best Direction and Best Costume Design.
A timeline for rights availability has not been announced. The musical continues its Broadway run at the Walter Kerr Theatre. A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder premiered in a co-production by Connecticut's Hartford Stage and the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.
"Gentleman's Guide is a show that the entire MTI team fell in love with, one by one," said MTI president Drew Cohen in a statement. "Starting with the production in Hartford over a year ago, we began to realize how special this show is, and we are proud to join the Gentleman's Guide family. Creating a musical farce that grabs audiences from the start and takes them on a hilarious, non-stop ride is not easy. Gentleman's Guide does this effortlessly and does so with a heart. Saying that a show about a series of murders 'has a heart' may seem paradoxical, but Gentleman's Guide defies convention in many ways, including by being a 'sophisticated farce.' The bottom line is that audiences love the show and performers will love being in the show. That is what excites us most about Robert and Steven's masterpiece."