MTI Acquires Licensing Rights to A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER
Theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) has secured licensing rights to Broadway's newest Tony Award-winning BEST MUSICAL, A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER. GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE was the most-nominated show of the season, with 10 nominations and the winningest new show, taking home 4 Tonys (BEST MUSICAL, BOOK, DIRECTION, COSTUMES). It also earned seven Drama Desk Awards (including BEST MUSICAL), four Outer Critics Circle Awards (including BEST MUSICAL), and one Drama League Award (BEST MUSICAL).
"GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE is a show that the entire MTI team fell in love with, one by one," stated Drew Cohen, President of MTI. "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."
A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER (book by Robert L. Freedman; music Steven Lutvak; Lyrics by Freedman and Lutvak) tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to speed up the line of succession using a great deal of charm... and more than a dash of murder.
Tony winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife, Gore Vidal's The Best Man) gives "The Year's Greatest Musical-Theater Performance" (The New York Times), playing all eight doomed heirs who meet their ends in the most creative and side-splitting ways. Mays stars alongside Bryce Pinkham (Ghost, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) as Broadway's homicidal hunk, Monty Navarro.
A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER premiered at the Hartford Stage, Hartford, Connecticut, running in October through November 2012. It then opened at the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, California in March 2013. It opened on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre on November 17, 2013 after previews from October 22, 2013, with direction by Darko Tresnjak and choreography by Peggy Hickey.