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“Gentleman’s Guide” Celebrates 6,000th On-Stage Death of Jefferson May

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New York, NY – To mark the occasion of Jefferson Mays’ 6,000th death in the Tony Award® winning Best Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder the production held a funeral procession down West 48th Street, as cast members and fans, all dressed in mourning attire, followed Mr. Mays, laying in state inside a glass-sided horse-drawn hearse, to the Walter Kerr Theatre stage door.


When the procession arrived at the theater, co-star Bryce Pinkham made the following remarks: “We are gathered here today to pay our respects to a man who has not only slayed his audiences nightly but also has died more times than any actors in a single role in the history of Broadway.  Today’s matinee performance will mark Jefferson Mays’ 6,000th death in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.  The most remarkable thing about our dear friend Jefferson is not how willing he is to lay his life on the line for his craft, but rather how eagerly he springs back to life to do it all over again.  Please join me in honoring the noblest victim I’ve ever had the pleasure of harming: Jefferson Mays.”


When Mr. Mays emerged from the hearse, he addressed the crowd with the following, “Marina Abromovic once said, ‘You can’t choreograph death, but you can choreograph a funeral.’  Well, I think we’ve proven this day that, at Gentleman’s Guide, we can do both.  I’ve often fantasized of attending my own funeral, and God bless [producer] Joey Parnes.  I turned to him one day and said, ‘A hearse.  A hearse.  My kingdom for a hearse,’ and lo and behold it happened.   I shall make these remarks brief.  6,000 deaths only sounds like a lot.  When you get to experience your final breath amidst such a wonderful company of fellow actors and musicians and crewmembers and producers, it is an unmitigated joy and I look forward to doing it several more times, at least.  So please join me in the Walter Kerr for death number six-thousand-and-one in just a few minutes.”


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Video footage of the event can be downloaded at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/t6vgn669oiztp92/JeffersonMays6000thDeathPress.mp4?dl=0


Jefferson Mays, playing eight members of the doomed D’Ysquith clan, is knocked off eight times in each performance, or sixty-four times each week.  Next week, on Thursday, October 22, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder will enter its third year on Broadway.

As was recently announced, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, will play its final performance on Broadway on Sunday, January 17, 2016.  The musical’s First National Tour opened in Chicago earlier this month, with upcoming stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Washington DC, and Toronto, among many other markets.  The most celebrated musical of the 2013-14 Broadway season, Gentleman’s Guide received a leading ten 2014 Tony® Award nominations, eventually winning four awards: Best Musical, Direction of a Musical, Book of a Musical, and Best Costume Design.  In addition, it won the Best Musical prizes from the Drama League, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle, and received a 2015 Grammy® Award nomination for Best Musical Show Album. The Broadway production holds the house records at the Walter Kerr Theatre for both the highest single-week gross ($1,062,740.60 over eight performances on the week ending December 28, 2014) and total cumulative gross, which now stands at more than $66 million. Gentleman’s Guide opened at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre to overwhelming critical acclaim on Sunday, November 17, 2013.


Gentleman’s Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he’s got to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea. The Hollywood Reporter raves, “Gentleman’s Guide restores our faith in musical comedy” and The New York Times calls it “Hilarious!” and cheers, “it will lift the hearts of all those who’ve been pining for what sometimes seems a lost art form.”  Time Out New York declares, “Gentleman’s Guide is the undisputed king of musical comedy!”


Tickets, priced from $42-$147, are on sale via telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200 / (800) 447-7400. Tickets are also available for purchase in person at the Walter Kerr Box Office (219 W. 48th Street).


The performance schedule for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is as follows: Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM, with 2:00 PM matinees on Wednesday and Saturday.


A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder features a book by Robert L. Freedman, music by Steven Lutvak, and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak. Darko Tresnjak directs and Peggy Hickey choreographs.


The design team for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder includes Alexander Dodge (Scenic Design), Linda Cho (Costume Design), Philip S. Rosenberg (Lighting Design), Dan Moses Schreier (Sound Design), Aaron Rhyne (Projections Design), and Charles LaPointe (Wig Design).  Orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick and Vocal Arrangements are by Dianne Adams McDowell and Steven LutvakPaul Staroba serves as Music Director.


A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is produced on Broadway by Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson, 50 Church Street Productions, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Catherine & Fred Adler, Rhoda Herrick, Kathleen K. Johnson, Megan Savage, Shadowcatcher Entertainment, Ron Simons, True Love Productions, Jamie deRoy, Four Ladies & One Gent, John Arthur Pinckard, Greg Nobile, Stewart Lane & Bonnie Comley, Exeter Capital/Ted Snowdon, Ryan Hugh Mackey, Cricket-CTM Media/Mano-Horn Productions, Dennis Grimaldi/Margot Astrachan, Hello Entertainment/Jamie Bendell, Michael T. Cohen/Joe Sirola, Joseph & Carson Gleberman/William Megevick and Robert Greenblatt, in association with The Hartford Stage and the Old Globe Theatre.


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