Tony Winning Best Musical “Gentleman’s Guide” to Play Final Performance on Broadway January 17, 2016
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THE TONY AWARD® WINNING BEST MUSICAL COMEDY
” A G E N T L E M A N ‘ S G U I D E T O L O V E A N D M U R D E R “
TO SLAY ITS AUDIENCE FOR THE LAST TIME ON BROADWAY
SUNDAY, JANUARY 17, 2016
THE RECORD-BREAKING RUN AT THE WALTER KERR THEATRE
WILL HAVE PLAYED MORE THAN TWO SMASH YEARS ON BROADWAY;
TONY WINNER JEFFERSON MAYS WILL HAVE SUFFERED MORE THAN 6,000 DEATHS
FIRST NATIONAL TOUR BEGINS THIS MONTH
New York, NY (September 8, 2015) – The Tony Award-winning Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, will play its final performance on Broadway on Sunday, January 17, 2016, producer Joey Parnes announced today. The musical’s record-breaking run at the Walter Kerr Theatre will have played nearly 1000 performances on Broadway, and its Tony Award-winning star, Jefferson Mays, will have died more than 6,000 deaths as various members of the illfated D’Ysquith family. As was recently announced, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, will launch its First National Tour later this month. The tour route includes stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Washington DC, and Toronto, among many other markets.
In April, Gentleman’s Guide announced the recoupment of its entire Broadway production capitalization. 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 nearly $60 million. Gentleman’s Guide opened at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre to overwhelming critical acclaim on Sunday, November 17, 2013.
“The success of this show – which we’ve often said is nothing short of a miracle – is a testament to the artists who have created it and the audiences who have embraced it,” said Mr. Parnes. “This experience has been such a constant joy and, while we wish it could run on Broadway forever, we are excited about bringing the show to audiences from coast-to-coast with our tour.”
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 Lutvak. Paul 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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