Fall 2013 Broadway Guide
by Whitney Spaner, 08/28/2013
Bryce Pinkham. Courtesy, O&M Co.
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
While you wait for a new episode of Downton Abbey, you can go to Broadway for your Anglophilic fix of scandal. In the new musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, written by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, the devilishly charming Monty Navarro learns he is ninth in line to be the Earl of Highhurst. To ensure his ascension, Monty, played by Bryce Pinkham (who made a splash at Shakespeare in the Park this summer as Longaville in Alex Timbers' Love's Labour's Lost), decides to murder all the would-be dukes in his path. Jefferson Mays, who won a Tony Award in 2004 for portraying 35 different characters in I Am My Own Wife, plays all eight doomed heirs, each of whom meets death a different way. He gets stung by bees, drinks poison, falls through ice and plummets from a roof, finally prompting the townspeople to sing, "I'm sick of wearing black." Based on the 1907 novel Israel Rank by Roy Horniman, this black comedy has already earned raves during out-of-town productions in Connecticut and San Diego.
Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St. Previews start October 22; opens November 17.