Jefferson Mays to Tour GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE?
Jefferson Mays has found his niche role in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, in which he plays 9 different characters and changes costume 15 times throughout the show. The line outside the Walter Kerr Theatre at the end of each show is insanely long with audience members waiting to applaud his performance. Even Mays' wife, Susan Lyon, commented, "This is almost as many people as they have for James Franco, [in Of Mice and Men]." And now, according to The New York Times, there is some good news for the after-life of this musical: Jefferson Mays is considering touring with the production.
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Mays discussed with his set dresser, Julian Andres Arango, what might happen after the Gentleman's Guide and he mentioned the possibility of touring the show. Mays likened touring to sailing, a favorite pastime of his. He said, "It's the same thing. Wanting to be at sea."
Mays is a Tony Award-winning actor whose career has spanned both Off- and On-Broadway. His Broadway credits include Gore Vidal's The Best Man (2012), Pygmalion (2007), Journey's End (2007), and I Am My Own Wife (2003). His Off-Broadway credits include Blood and Gifts (2011), Of Thee I Sing (2006), I Am My Own Wife (2003), and more. He has also appeared in numerous TV shows like Lie to Me and Law & Order. He is currently in post-production for Ned Rifle, which is set to hit the big screen in 2015.
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder features a book & lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and music & lyrics by Steven Lutvak. Orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick and Vocal Arrangements are by Dianne Adams McDowell and Steven Lutvak. Paul Starobaserves as Music Director. The musical also stars Bryce Pinkham, and features Lisa O'Hare, Lauren Worsham, Pamela Bob, Joanna Glushak, Eddie Korbich, Jeff Kready, Mark Ledbetter, Jennifer Smith, Price Waldman, Catherine Walker and Jane Carr.
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 Jefferson Mays, in one of the most breathtaking, whiplash-inducing performances ever attempted on the American stage.