'Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder' Laid to Rest on Broadway

Joan Marcus
'A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder'

The Tony-winning musical comedy starring Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham will play until mid-January, but will soon start its national tour.

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder will soon be laid to rest on Broadway.

The musical comedy — which won four Tony Awards last year, including best musical — will play its final show at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Jan. 17.

Based on the Edwardian novel that spawned the classic Alec Guinness screen comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets, the show, directed by Darko Tresnjak, follows the ruthless exploits of Monty Navarro, a distant, disinherited heir to a British family fortune who starts bumping off relatives that stand between him and the aristocracy, while at the same time juggling a mistress and a fiancee. Leads Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham both nabbed Tony nominations for their performances.

While the production was a slow starter when performances first began in October 2013, business steadily climbed in the wake of the Tony wins, yielding near-capacity houses most weeks since last summer (though it has slipped in recent months to average around $500,000 per week). Still, the show recouped and shattered the house record at the Walter Kerr Theatre multiple times, generating total box office to date of a solid $63.6 million.

For those who have yet to get slayed by the production, it still lives on — Gentleman's Guide will embark on a national tour, starting Sept. 19 with a one-week run in Schenectady, New York, before continuing to Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle and Toronto, among other markets.

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