A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER's Steven Lutvak Set for THEATER TALK this Week
This week's guest on THEATER TALK is Steven Lutvak, composer and co-lyricist (with librettist Robert L. Freedman), of the new hit musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Lutvak performs songs from the show for co-hosts Michael Riedel of the New York Post and Susan Haskins and explains the musical settings and how they were conceived.
This latest edition of THEATER TALK premieres in the New York metropolitan area on Friday, April 18 (2014) at 1 AM (early Saturday morning) on Thirteen/PBS, with repeats on CUNY TV* on Saturday 4/19 at 8:30 PM, Sunday 4/20 at 12:30 PM, and Monday 4/21 at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 7:30 PM.
Based on the same source material that inspired the Alec Guinness film, Kind Hearts and Coronets, the musical features Jefferson Mays in a tour de force performance as a succession of family members murdered by one Monty Navarro (Bryce Pinkham), a distant heir to a family fortune speeding up the line of succession. Lutvak talks about the challenges of creating a musical personality for each of the eight characters portrayed by Mays. The score has "one foot in classical music, and one foot in music hall," according to Lutvak. The journey to Broadway took ten years.
The Bronx-born Lutvak's roots in musical theater go back to seeing the original cast of Oliver! and studying at the NYU Musical Theatre Workshop, with guest teachers like Leonard Bernstein and Betty Comden & Adolph Green, where he learned that a song is a one-act play. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, he is the only one in his family who can carry a tune. The original cast album for A Gentleman's Guide is available on Ghostlight Records
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