Along with the announcement of the 2010-2011 LaJolla Playhouse season, came news of the world premiere of a new musical comedy: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. The musical features a book by Robert L. Freedman and music by Steven Lutvak , whilst both have collaborated on the lyrics for the show.
LaJolla describes the show as “a deliciously witty romp through manners, mores and murder in Edwardian England”, telling the tale of the orphaned and poor Monty, whose luck changes when he discovers he is eighth in line to be Earl of Highhurst. Driven by revenge and torn between two beautiful women, he discovers just how low he is willing to go on his climb to the top.
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder will play the Mandell Weiss Theatre and will be directed by Darko Tresnjak. Jefferson Mays will star in the “darkly comic” show, playing several roles – a forte of his as seen in his Tony-winning turn in I Am My Own Wife.