A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder is a musical comedy, with the book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and the music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak. It is based on the 1907 novel Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal by Roy Horniman.[1] The show opened on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre November 17, 2013, running until January 17, 2016. The Broadway production won four Tonys at the 68th Tony Awards in June 2014, including Best Musical.

The novel was also the source for the 1949 British film Kind Hearts and Coronets; however, after a lengthy legal battle, the infringement claim from the film's copyright holder was dismissed.[2] A small production of the show was also performed in 2004 under the same name of the 1949 film. [3]

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Broadway Playbill
MusicSteven Lutvak
LyricsRobert L. Freedman
Steven Lutvak
BookRobert L. Freedman
BasisIsrael Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal
by Roy Horniman
Productions2012 Hartford
2013 San Diego
2013 Broadway
2015 US Tour
2017 US Tour
2018 Melbourne

Productions

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder premiered at the Hartford Stage, Hartford, Connecticut, running in October and November 2012, with direction by Darko Tresnjak. The cast featured Jefferson Mays, Ken Barnett and Lisa O'Hare.[4] The show was a co-production of the Hartford Stage and the Old Globe Theatre.[5]

The musical then played at the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, California, in March 2013. Directed by Tresnjak, the cast again featured Mays, Barnett and O'Hare.[6][7]

The musical opened on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre on November 17, 2013 after previews from October 22, 2013 with direction by Tresnjak and choreography by Peggy Hickey. The production closed on January 17, 2016.[8] The original cast featured Mays (who would stay with the production for its entire run), O'Hare, Lauren Worsham and Bryce Pinkham.[9] Mays plays nine roles, all of the D'Ysquith family.[10] Its capitalization was $7.5 million,[11] and in April 2015 the producers announced the recoupment of the capitalization.[8]

A U.S. national tour of the production opened on September 19, 2015 at Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady, New York.[12][13] A 2nd U.S. National Tour of the production is set to open on September 27, 2017 at the Clemens Center in Elmira, New York.[14]

An Australian production opened at the Arts Centre Melbourne for The Production Company in October 2018. It featured Mitchell Butel and Chris Ryan, and was directed by Roger Hodgman.[15]

Synopsis

Act I

A group dressed in mourning enter and advise "those of you of weaker constitution" to leave the theatre, as the show may prove disturbing ("Prologue: A Warning to the Audience").

In 1909, Lord Montague "Monty" D'Ysquith Navarro, Ninth Earl of Highhurst, is in jail. He says that he is writing his memoirs on the eve of his possible execution, and that his story could be called "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder."

In 1907, Monty is living in a shabby Clapham flat and his mother, a washerwoman, has just died. Miss Marietta Shingle, a mysterious old woman, arrives to tell Monty that his mother was in fact a member of the aristocratic D'Ysquith family. Isobel D'Ysquith had eloped with a Spanish musician (now also deceased), which caused her family to disinherit and disown her. Wishing to spare her son any shame, Isobel never told him the truth of his ancestry. Now, Miss Shingle says, Monty is ninth in line to inherit the earldom of Highhurst. She insists that he take his rightful place in the family ("You're A D'Ysquith"). Monty writes a letter to Lord Asquith D'Ysquith, Sr., the head of the D'Ysquith family banking house, explaining his connection to the family and inquiring if there might be a job available for him.

Monty is in love with Miss Sibella Hallward, but she will not marry him due to his poverty ("I Don't Know What I'd Do"). Sibella has also drawn the attention of another gentleman of higher status, Lionel Holland. She dubiously accepts Monty's story about his lineage, but remarks that eight people would have to die in order for him to become earl.

Monty receives a reply from Lord Asquith's son, Asquith D'Ysquith, Jr., denying Isobel's existence and warning Monty against contacting the family again or using their name. Monty is dejected, but refuses to accept his apparent destiny as a poor commoner ("Foolish to Think"). He takes a tour of Highhurst Castle, the D'Ysquiths' ancestral home, on Visitor's Day, where the spirits of his D'Ysquith ancestors admonish him that he does not belong there ("A Warning to Monty"). Lord Adalbert D'Ysquith, the current Earl of Highhurst, catches Monty looking around the ancestral library and drives him out, expressing his disdain for the commoners flooding his home ("I Don't Understand the Poor").

Monty decides to try his luck with the clergyman in the family, a dithering old man named Reverend Lord Ezekial D'Ysquith. The Reverend gives Monty a tour of the ancestral family church. He remembers Isobel as a charming girl who broke her father's heart, but refuses to advocate on Monty's behalf, believing that it is best to avoid family intrigue. Monty and the Reverend ascend the bell tower, where the Reverend nearly loses his balance, thanks to a gusty wind and his own inebriation. Monty realizes how easy it would be to let the Reverend fall, exacting revenge for his mother and bringing him one step closer to the earldom ("Foolish to Think (Reprise)"). Rather than assisting the Reverend to safety, Monty lets Reverend Lord Ezekial fall to his death.

Monty returns to his dead-end job as a clerk, frustrated that he toils away while unworthy men grow rich, including Asquith D'Ysquith, Jr. He observes Asquith, Jr. and his mistress Miss Evangeline Barley, a recent Florodora girl, steal away to a winter resort. Monty follows them with the intention of poisoning Asquith, Jr., but is unable to get close enough to deliver the poison. Asquith, Jr. and Miss Barley go ice-skating on a frozen lake, and Monty is struck by inspiration. He cuts a hole in the ice, and the skaters fall through and drown ("Poison in My Pocket").

Monty returns to London and receives a letter from Lord Asquith D'Ysquith, Sr., apologizing for the tone of his son's letter and inviting Monty to the bank to speak about a job. He is grief-stricken by his son's death in the skating "accident," and offers Monty a comfortable salary and a job as a stockbroker. Monty accepts.

Sibella informs Monty that she is engaged to marry Lionel Holland. Upon learning of Monty's new position and income, she begins to reconsider, but forces herself to go through with marrying Lionel ("Poor Monty").

Monty now fixes on his distant cousin Henry D'Ysquith, a country squire. He encounters Henry in a town pub and rescues him from an assault by a foreclosed-on tenant. Henry is married but clearly prefers the company of men; Monty picks up on this and befriends him ("Better With a Man"). Henry is also an avid beekeeper, and tells Monty that a person can be killed by an excess of bee-stings. Monty obtains a bottle of lavender perfume, to which the bees are extraordinarily attracted. At the D'Ysquith country estate in Salisbury, Monty douses Henry's beekeeping clothes with the lavender, and introduces himself to Henry's sister, Miss Phoebe D'Ysquith. As she and Monty discover their similarities, Henry is stung to death ("Inside Out"). Monty consoles Phoebe, and concludes that since he cannot be with Sibella, she would be the perfect woman to be his countess when he becomes earl. As a woman about his own age, she does not stand before him in the line of succession, and is highly sympathetic to the plight of his mother.

There are other women who do come before Monty in the lineage, including Lady Hyacinth D'Ysquith, an unmarried woman of a certain age, who devotes herself to philanthropic causes, primarily with the aim of bolstering her own social position. Posing as a member of the Foreign Office, Monty encourages Lady Hyacinth to travel first to war-torn Egypt, then to a leper colony in India, in order to dispose of her. She returns unharmed both times, before Monty sends her to an African jungle where a cannibal tribe lives. Lady Hyacinth is reported missing and presumed dead ("Lady Hyacinth Abroad").

Monty proves a talented stockbroker, securing a significant salary increase and praise from Lord Asquith D'Ysquith, Sr. ("The Last One You'd Expect - Part I"). His romance with Sibella continues despite her marriage and it is clear that she is impressed by Monty's determination to succeed ("The Last One You'd Expect - Part III").

Monty's next target is Major Lord Bartholomew D'Ysquith, a staunch eugenicist, vegetarian and bodybuilder. Monty encounters Lord Bartholomew at a weight-lifting hall and charms his way into acting as the Major's spotter on the bench-press apparatus. Pretending to misunderstand his cries for help, Monty adds more weight than Bartholomew can hold, and then allows the barbell to fall and decapitate him.

Monty continues to console Phoebe; actions that during her period of mourning for her brother have endeared him to her greatly (“The Last One You'd Expect - Part V").

Lady Salome D'Ysquith Pumphrey is an appallingly bad actress currently starring in a production of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler. Remembering that the play ends with Hedda's suicide by a pistol shot to the head, Monty sneaks backstage and loads the prop gun with real bullets. Lady Salome shoots herself and dies, to the shock of her fellow actors and the approval of the audience.

The deaths of Reverend Lord Ezekial, Asquith Jr., Henry, Lady Hyacinth, Major Lord Bartholomew, and Lady Salome now leave only two people in the way: the present earl and Lord Asquith, Sr., Monty's employer and benefactor. Monty is suddenly conflicted, finding he has no desire to murder the kindly Lord Asquith, but is let off the hook when the old man suddenly succumbs to a heart attack ("The Last One You'd Expect - Part VIII"). As Lord Adalbert realizes that he himself is the only D'Ysquith still alive, all of London is abuzz over the dashing young gentleman who's risen so far, so fast, and now stands next in line to inherit Highhurst ("The Last One You'd Expect - Part IX").

Act II

The curtain rises on Lord Asquith, Sr.’s funeral. Monty delivers a stirring eulogy, but the assembled mourners are irritated at the endless string of D’Ysquith memorials they are compelled to attend (“Why Are All the D’Ysquiths Dying?”). Lord Adalbert worries that the curse that has fallen upon his family may strike him next (“Why Are All the D’Ysquiths Dying? (Reprise)”).

Monty and Sibella continue their affair; he continues to love her despite his awareness of her flaws (“Sibella”). Sibella says that while she is unhappy with Lionel, she doesn't necessarily regret marrying for self-interest, and wouldn't begrudge Monty for doing the same. However, she would "forbid" him to marry for love. She also asks if Monty can secure Lionel an invitation to Highhurst, as he has political aspirations. Phoebe unexpectedly arrives, and Sibella hides in the next room. Phoebe declares her intention to marry Monty, even if the D’Ysquiths would look down on them. Monty accepts, but knows he is caught both figuratively and literally between the two women (“I’ve Decided to Marry You”).

Monty is shocked to discover that Lady Hyacinth has survived her encounter with the cannibals and is returning to London. As she disembarks the ship, Monty uses an axe to cut the supports of the gangplank. It collapses, and she drowns in the harbor.

Monty, Phoebe, Sibella, and Lionel are all invited to Highhurst for the weekend, so that Lord Adalbert can meet his heir. Monty and Phoebe arrive first, and meet the earl and his wife, Lady Eugenia D’Ysquith. The spirits of the D’Ysquith ancestors again warn Monty against presuming above his station (“Final Warning”). A long-brewing enmity between Lord Adalbert and Lady Eugenia is evident, and Adalbert makes several crass remarks about the scandal caused by Monty's mother. He and Monty head off to look at "some of the weapons that killed our ancestors" as Sibella arrives without Lionel, who's been detained in Newmarket. Phoebe and Monty's engagement is news to Sibella. She begs him to break it off and declares that she loves him. Although he still loves her, he angrily says that it is too late for her to claim ownership of him and that he will proceed with marrying Phoebe.

At dinner, a truly awful meal is served and Lord Adalbert and Lady Eugenia bicker constantly. Monty has brought along poison, intending to slip it into Lord Adalbert's food, but cannot do so unnoticed (“Poison in My Pocket (Reprise)”). Miss Shingle, who initially brought Monty the news of his true lineage, appears; it turns out that she's been employed as a servant by the D’Ysquiths for 39 years.

At last, Monty slips poison into Lord Adalbert's dessert, but to his horror, the earl refuses it, insisting Sibella eat it instead; Monty desperately knocks it to the floor. Lord Adalbert starts to tell the story of how he was betrayed by his valet during the Boer War (“Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun”). He gives Monty his loaded army rifle, and demands that he play the part of the valet, ordering Monty to aim the gun at him. Monty cannot bring himself to shoot the earl, and lowers the gun, his opportunity lost. Lord Adalbert takes a drink and, to Monty's surprise, suddenly drops dead.

With Lord Adalbert's death, Monty is now Lord Montague D’Ysquith Navarro, Ninth Earl of Highhurst. He and Phoebe marry soon after. However, at the wedding reception, Chief Inspector Pinckney of Scotland Yard arrests him for the murder of Lord Adalbert, who, it has been discovered, was poisoned. Monty remarks on the absurdity of being charged with the one murder he didn't actually commit (“Stop! Wait! What?!”).

A trial is held before the House of Lords, and evidence is given to both implicate and exculpate Monty. Sibella testifies on Monty's behalf, but, in a fit of passion, gives evidence that bolsters the prosecution's alleged motive for the crime: that the D’Ysquiths disinherited his mother and denied his existence.

On the evening before the jury is to render judgment, Monty is writing his memoirs in his cell and strikes up a conversation with the jail's custodian, Chauncey. It turns out that Chauncey is a D’Ysquith too, his father having been a black sheep of the family, cast out in a manner similar to Isobel. Chauncey says he doesn't mind having not been acknowledged - he has none of the advantages of the D’Ysquiths, but none of their troubles, either. Moved by the encounter, Monty shakes the hand of his last remaining relation.

Convinced of Monty's innocence, Phoebe visits him in jail. They conclude that an unseen providence is watching over him, but Phoebe has one important question to ask him: is Sibella in love with him? She takes his silence as an answer, and departs. Monty concludes his memoir, saying that the outcome will be revealed in the morning with the jury's verdict.

Sibella arrives at the jail with a letter, purportedly from Phoebe and addressed to Monty, confessing to poisoning the earl so that Monty could take his rightful place. Phoebe returns to the jail with another letter, this one apparently from Sibella and also addressed to Monty, confessing the same thing. Both women plead for the other to be arrested and Monty set free. The authorities decided that both women appear equally culpable, and they can't convict one woman if they believe the other one guilty. Phoebe and Sibella have also provided reasonable doubt as to Monty's guilt. It becomes apparent to the audience that the two women have thus conspired to prevent Monty's conviction and execution ("That Horrible Woman").

Monty is awakened and, to his great surprise, set free. Cheering crowds greet him outside. Phoebe and Sibella are there, evidently content to share him between them. Monty suddenly realizes that he's left his memoirs, which contain a full confession, in his cell. However, a guard hands Monty the journal, saying he found it and thought Monty might need it. Reeling from this one last stroke of luck, Monty wonders who poisoned the earl, if he didn't. Miss Shingle appears, and confesses to the audience that it was she who slipped prussic acid into the earl's port. In the final moments of the show, the company sing “this is not the end,” and Chauncey appears, holding a small bottle of poison, singing "Poison in My Pocket," implying that he will use it on Monty (“Finale”).

After the curtain call, Monty hands Chauncey a poisonous belladonna flower. Chauncey eats it, grimaces, and exits the stage.

Musical numbers

Act I
  • "A Warning to the Audience" - Ensemble
  • "You're a D'Ysquith" – Miss Shingle and Monty
  • "I Don't Know What I'd Do" – Sibella
  • "Foolish to Think" – Monty
  • "A Warning to Monty" – Ensemble
  • "I Don't Understand the Poor" – Lord Adalbert and Ensemble
  • "Foolish to Think (Reprise)" – Monty
  • "Poison in My Pocket" – Monty, Asquith Jr., and Miss Barley
  • "Poor Monty" – Sibella and Company
  • "Better With a Man" – Henry and Monty
  • "Inside Out" – Phoebe and Monty
  • "Lady Hyacinth Abroad" – Lady Hyacinth and Ensemble
  • "The Last One You'd Expect" – Company
Act II
  • "Why Are All the D'Ysquith's Dying" – Lord Adalbert and Mourners
  • "Sibella" – Monty
  • "I've Decided to Marry You" – Phoebe, Sibella, and Monty
  • "Final Warning" – Ensemble
  • "Poison in My Pocket (Reprise)" - Monty
  • "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun" – Lord Adalbert
  • "Stop! Wait! What?!" – Monty
  • "That Horrible Woman" – Sibella, Phoebe, Detective, Magistrate, and Guard
  • "Finale" – Company

Casts

Note: Below are the principal casts of all professional major productions.

Role The Hartford Stage/Old Globe Cast Original Broadway Cast US National Tour Cast 2nd National Tour Cast
The D'Ysquith Family Jefferson Mays John Rapson James Taylor Odom
Monty Navarro Ken Barnett Bryce Pinkham Kevin Massey Blake Price
Sibella Hallward Lisa O'Hare Kristen Beth Williams Colleen McLaughlin
Phoebe D'Ysquith Chilina Kennedy Lauren Worsham Adrienne Eller Erin McIntyre
Miss Marietta Shingle Rachel Izen (also Ensemble) Jane Carr Mary VanArsdel Kristen Antoinette Kane (also Ensemble)
Lady Eugenia D'Ysquith and others Heather Ayers Joanna Glushak Kristen Mengelkoch Colleen Gallagher
Magistrate and others Kevin Ligon Eddie Korbich Christopher Behmke Timothy Aaron Cooper
Tom Copley and others Kendal Sparks Jeff Kready Matt Leisy Ashton Michael Corey
Tour Guide and others Catherine Walker Jennifer Smith Megan Loomis Colleen Gallagher
Inspector Pinckney and others Price Waldman Ben Roseberry Conor McGiffin
Miss Evangeline Barley and others Heather Ayers Catherine Walker Lesley McKinnell Briana Gantsweg

Note: The D'Ysquith family includes Asquith D'Ysquith, Jr., Lord Adalbert D'Ysquith, Reverend Lord Ezekial D'Ysquith, Lord Asquith D'Ysquith, Sr., Henry D'Ysquith, Lady Hyacinth D'Ysquith, Major Lord Bartholomew D'Ysquith, Lady Salome D'Ysquith Pumphrey, and Chauncey D'Ysquith. Chauncey is almost never listed in the family tree to preserve the surprise of his appearance.

Broadway Cast replacement history

  • Carole Shelley and Catherine Walker replaced Jane Carr as Miss Shingle and Lauren Worsham as Phoebe D'Ysquith respectively on October 28, 2014. Sandra DeNise took over Walker's original track as Miss Evangeline Barley and others at the same performance as well.[16][17]
  • Jeff Kready temporarily replaced Bryce Pinkham as Monty Navarro from January 20 until July 28, 2015.[18][19] Kevin Massey took over Kready's original track as Tom Copley and others at the same performance as well.
  • Scarlett Strallen replaced Lisa O'Hare as Sibella Hallward on February 10, 2015.[20]
  • Judy Blazer replaced Carole Shelley as Miss Shingle on June 30, 2015.[21]
  • Jordan Bondurant replaced Kevin Massey as Tom Copley and others on August 11, 2015.[22]

Critical response

Charles Isherwood of The New York Times praised the Hartford production as "ingenious" and "among the most inspired and entertaining new musicals."[23] Isherwood also favorably reviewed the musical's Broadway production, writing that the show was "delightful," praising Mays as "dazzling," and adding that it was one of the shows "that match streams of memorable melody with fizzily witty turns of phrase."[24]

Elysa Gardner, reviewing for USA Today, also praised Mays, saying that his "comedic gifts are on glorious display." She had positive words for the direction ("witty") and the "drolly imaginative scenic and projection designs," concluding that the musical was "morbidly hilarious".[25]

According to Stagegrade, most reviewers praised the musical as fun and entertaining, although some were critical of the score ("forgettable pastiche").[26]

Awards and nominations

Original Broadway production

Sources: Playbill[27][28][29][30][31][32]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2014
Tony Award Best Musical Won
Best Book of a Musical Robert L. Freedman Won
Best Original Score Steven Lutvak (music and lyrics) and Robert L. Freedman (lyrics) Nominated
Best Actor in a Musical Jefferson Mays Nominated
Bryce Pinkham Nominated
Best Featured Actress in a Musical Lauren Worsham Nominated
Best Direction of a Musical Darko Tresnjak Won
Best Orchestrations Jonathan Tunick Nominated
Best Scenic Design Alexander Dodge Nominated
Best Costume Design Linda Cho Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical Won
Outstanding Book of a Musical Robert L. Freedman Won
Outstanding Music Steven Lutvak Nominated
Outstanding Lyrics Steven Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman Won
Outstanding Actor in a Musical Jefferson Mays Won
Bryce Pinkham Nominated
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Lauren Worsham Won
Outstanding Director of a Musical Darko Tresnjak Won
Outstanding Orchestrations Jonathan Tunick Nominated
Outstanding Set Design of a Musical Alexander Dodge Nominated
Outstanding Sound Design of a Musical Dan Moses Schreier Nominated
Outstanding Projection Design Aaron Rhyne Won
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding New Broadway Musical Won
Outstanding Book of a Musical Robert L. Freedman Won
Outstanding New Score Steven Lutvak (music and lyrics) and Robert L. Freedman (lyrics) Nominated
Outstanding Actor in a Musical Jefferson Mays Won
Bryce Pinkham Nominated
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Lisa O'Hare Nominated
Outstanding Director of a Musical Darko Tresnjak Won
Outstanding Choreographer Peggy Hickey Nominated
Outstanding Set Design Alexander Dodge Nominated
Outstanding Costume Design Linda Cho Nominated
Outstanding Lighting Philip S. Rosenberg Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Production of a Musical Won
Distinguished Performance Award Jefferson Mays Nominated
2015 Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album Jefferson Mays & Bryce Pinkham (principal soloists); Kurt Deutsch & Joel Moss (producers); Robert L. Freedman (lyricist) & Steven Lutvak (composer/lyricist) Nominated

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External links

68th Tony Awards

The 68th Annual Tony Awards were held June 8, 2014, to recognize achievement in Broadway productions during the 2013–14 season. The ceremony was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and was televised live on CBS. Hugh Jackman was the host, his fourth time hosting. The 15 musical Tony Awards went to seven different musicals, and six plays shared the 11 play Tony Awards.The nominations were announced on April 29, 2014 by Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu. Audra McDonald won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. In just her ninth Broadway engagement, McDonald established two records as the first actor to win six Tony Awards for acting and the first to win in all four categories, lead and featured in both a play and a musical. In its seventh Broadway incarnation, The Glass Menagerie won its first Tony Award (Lighting Design).Aladdin's win made it the fourth franchise to complete EGOT status.

Aaron Rhyne

Aaron Rhyne is an American video and projection designer for live theater. He is best known for his designs in the Broadway productions of Anastasia, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, and Bonnie and Clyde, as well as The Ghosts of Versailles at LA Opera. He won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Projection Design in 2014 and 2017.

He designed large-scale musicals for Disney including Frozen Live at the Hyperion, Tangled The Musical, and Frozen - A Musical Spectacular. Additionally he teaches projection design at his alma mater, Fordham University.

Bryce Pinkham

Bryce Pinkham (born October 19, 1982) is an American stage and screen actor.

Pinkham is widely known for his work on television, including Mercy Street, and on Broadway — notably his role of Monty Navarro in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, for which he received nominations for both a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical as well as a Grammy Award (Best Musical Theater Album).

He is a Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellow and co-founder of Zara Aina, a not-for-profit children’s theater company in Madagascar.

Darko Tresnjak

Darko Tresnjak is an Tony, Obie, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award winning director of plays, musicals, and opera.

Tresnjak directed the Tony award winning A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.

Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical

The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical is an annual award presented by Drama Desk in recognition of achievements in the theatre among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions. The awards were established in 1955, with acting awards being given without making distinctions between roles in plays and musicals, or actors and actresses. The new award categories were later created in the 1975 ceremony.

† - indicates the performance won the Tony Award

‡ - indicates the performance was also nominated for the Tony Award

Eddie Korbich

Eddie Korbich (born November 6, 1960) is an American actor, singer, dancer, and voice actor. He was born in Washington, D.C. but grew up in Shamokin, Pennsylvania.

Jefferson Mays

Lewis Jefferson Mays (born June 8, 1965) is a Tony Award-winning American actor.

Jhett Tolentino

Jhett Tolentino is a Filipino entertainment producer based in New York City, who is also known for being the second Philippine-born awardee of the Tony Award. He has won three Tony Awards since his Broadway debut in March 2013 and has received his first Grammy Award in February 2017. He was awarded by Malacañan the Pamana ng Pilipino Award for his non-profit and non-commercial work, and for becoming the first Filipino citizen to win both Tony and the Grammy award.

Kevin Massey

Kevin Massey is an American actor in musical theatre productions. He is married to Broadway Actress Kara Lindsay.

Lauren Worsham

Lauren Tolbert Worsham (born April 4, 1982) is an American actress and singer known for her work in the opera and musical theatre. She received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. She is also known for being the lead singer of the band Sky-Pony, which has released two albums with original songs titled "Say You Love Me Like You Mean It" and "Raptured Live."

Lisa O'Hare

Lisa O'Hare began her career as an English stage actress who has played Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and the title character of Mary Poppins on the West End and UK stage. She more recently has appeared in several prime-time American television shows on TNT, ABC and NBC. She most recently starred on Broadway in the new musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.

Outer Critics Circle Award

The Outer Critics Circle Awards are presented annually for theatrical achievements both on Broadway and Off-Broadway. They were begun during the 1949–1950 theatre season. The awards are decided upon by theatre critics who review for out-of-town newspapers, national publications, and other media outlets outside New York City. Simon Saltzman, a long-time member of the OCC executive committee and theater reviewer, currently serves as president.

Robert L. Freedman

Robert L. Freedman (born July 27, 1957) is an American screenwriter and dramatist. He is best known for his teleplays for Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1997) and Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001), and for his Tony-winning book and lyrics of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (2014).

Roy Horniman

Roy Horniman (1874–1930) was a British writer.

He was the owner of The Ladies Review for some years and was a member of the British Committee of The Indian National Congress. As well as acting he became tenant and manager of the Criterion Theatre and wrote many plays as well as adaptations of his own and others’ novels. In his later years he wrote and adapted for the screen. Amongst his notable works were Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal (1907), which was republished by Faber Finds in 2008 and again by Cavalier Classics in 2014. The 1949 film Kind Hearts and Coronets was based on Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal and the novel also inspired the 2013 Broadway musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Horniman also wrote The Sin of Atlantis in 1900 and Lord Cammarleigh’s Secret: A Fairy Story of To-Day in 1907.

Roy Horniman served in the Artists Rifles during the First World War.

Steven Lutvak

Steven Lutvak (born 1959) is an American musician based in New York City. He is a composer for theatre and film, as well as a singer/songwriter.

Stewart F. Lane

Stewart F. Lane (born May 3, 1951) is a Broadway producer, director, playwright and former actor. He has also written books, including Let's Put on a Show! and Jews of Broadway. He has also produced in Dublin. In addition to publishing two plays, he has directed across the country, working with Stephen Baldwin, Shannen Doherty, Chazz Palminteri, and more. He is co-owner of the Palace Theatre (Broadway) with the Nederlander Organization and a partner in the Tribeca Grill with Robert De Niro.

The Production Company

The Production Company is an Australian not-for-profit theatre company that stages a series of usually three musicals at the Arts Centre Melbourne each year.

It was launched in 1999 by Jeanne Pratt AC with the goal of providing "professional opportunities for local artists and to entertain Melbourne audiences with the best shows from Broadway and beyond".The Production Company specialises in revivals of popular and lesser known musicals with short (two week) rehearsal periods and short runs. It has also produced the Australian professional premieres of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Grey Gardens, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Curtains and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.

Its productions typically feature well-known Australian musical theatre performers such as Caroline O'Connor (Gypsy, Funny Girl), Michael Falzon (Chess), Marina Prior (Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me, Kate), Todd McKenney (The Boy from Oz, La Cage aux Folles), Lucy Durack (Kiss Me, Kate, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Christie Whelan Browne (The Producers, Sugar), Elise McCann (Brigadoon, Oklahoma) and Amanda Harrison (Anything Goes, Oklahoma!).

Walter Kerr Theatre

The Walter Kerr Theatre is a Broadway theatre. Located at 219 West 48th Street, it is owned and operated by Jujamcyn Theaters. One of the smaller auditoriums in the Theater District, it seats 975. Designed by Herbert J. Krapp for the Shubert family, it operated as the Ritz Theatre from 1921 to 1990, when it was renamed for playwright and critic Walter Kerr.

Yoo Yeon-seok

Yoo Yeon-seok (born Ahn Yeon-seok on April 11, 1984) is a South Korean actor. After making his acting debut in 2003 with a small role in Oldboy, he resumed his acting career in 2008. His notable works include the films Re-encounter (2011), Architecture 101 (2012), A Werewolf Boy (2012) and Whistle Blower (2014), Perfect Proposal (2015), Mood of the Day (2016) as well as the television series Reply 1994 (2013), Warm and Cozy (2015), Dr. Romantic (2016) and Mr. Sunshine (2018).

Awards for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

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