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After slaying the competition at last year’s Tony Awards, the Broadway musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder is getting ready to share its dastardly deeds with America.
The musical comedy will embark on a national tour, starting on Sept. 29 with a two-week run at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre before continuing to multiple cities over 44 weeks.
Based on the Edwardian novel that spawned the classic Alec Guinness screen comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets, the show 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.
The musical won four Tony Awards, including best musical, direction of a musical for Broadway newcomer Darko Tresnjak, book of a musical for Robert L. Freedman and costume design for Linda Cho. The original score is by Steven Lutvak.
While the production was a slow starter when it began performances in October 2013, business steadily climbed in the wake of the Tony wins, yielding near-capacity houses most weeks since last summer. The show has shattered the house record at the Walter Kerr Theatre multiple times, generating total box office to date of $44 million.
The producing team, led by Joey Parnes, has not yet announced recoupment, but reps for the show say profit is firmly in sight. Casting and post-Chicago tour destinations and dates are to be announced.
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