A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a comic musical production accompanied with music by Stevan Lutvak, and book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman. The ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ is a musical production inspired from a 1907 novel Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal by Roy Horniman.
Before its official Broadway launching, the show was premiered at the Hartfort Stage situated in the Hartfort, Connecticut back in November 2012. Under the direction of Darko Tresnjak, the show ran from October until November 2012. The musical is said to be a co-production of the Old Globe Theater and Harford Stage. It starred casts including Ken Barnett, Jefferson Mays and Lisa O’ Hare.
On November 27, 2013, the play was officially launched on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theater, with full choreography by Peggy Hickey and direction by Darko Tresnjak. For the record, the comic musical production compiled a total of four Tony Awards, including the ‘Best Musical’ during the 68th Tony Awards. The musical production on-Broadway features the casts Jefferson Mays, Lisa O’ Hare and Bryce Pinkham.
The comic musical production on-Broadway has two-acts musical numbers, which feature songs including the You’re a D’Ysquith, I Don’t Know What I’d Do, Foolish to Think, A Warning to the Audience, A Warning to Monty, Why Are All the D’Ysquith’s Dying, Sibella, I’ve Decided to Marry You, Final Warning and more.
In few years from its founding, the musical had positive criticisms and feedback, in fact, Charles Isherwood of the New York Times praised the production of Hartford as ‘among the most inspired and entertaining musicals’ and ‘ingenious’. Isherwood also gave reviews to the musical show as ‘dazzling’ and ‘delighful’, praising Mays by McIntoshemely bright performance.
The production’s total investment amounted to $7.5 million, according to reports from the Stagegrade, most reviewers of the show admired the musical as ‘fun and entertaining’.