‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ Hits Walter Kerr in November

Musical comedy “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” will open on Broadway this fall, after stagings in Hartford and San Diego.

The production will begin previews at the Walter Kerr Theater on October 22, and will officially open on November 17. Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays will continue to star in multiple roles in the production.

Here’s the official notes on the story:

When Monty Navarro, the black sheep of the D’Ysquith family, finds out he is ninth in line to inherit a dukedom, he decides to eliminate the other eight heirs standing in his way — all played by Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife). Set in England’s elegant Edwardian era, this witty music hall comedy explores how low we’ll go to make it to the top.

The book for the musical is written by Robert L. Freedman and the music is by Steven Lutvak. Freedman and Lutvak collaborated on the lyrics. The musical is based on the Roy Horniman novel “Israel Rank.”

Freedman is probably best known for his Emmy-winning work on the ABC miniseries “Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows,” and also worked with the network on “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.” He won the Writer’s Guild Award for HBO’s “A Deadly Secret.” He has often worked with Lutvak, and the pair won California Musical Theater Award Competition for “Campaign of the Century.” Lutvak also wrote the title track to the film “Mad Hot Ballroom.”

Darko Tresnjak will direct, and he also staged the musical at Hartford Stage last fall and then at Old Globe Theater in San Diego this spring.

Joey Parnes and John Arthur Pinckard will produce, in association with the two theaters that have previously presented the production. Parnes is best known for his association with “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” and Pinckard worked with “Hair.”