Lisa O’Hare, Lauren Worsham, Jane Carr, and others will complete the cast of the new Broadway musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. They will join previously announced stars Jefferson Mays (Tony winner for I Am My Own Wife) and Bryce Pinkham (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson). Guide will begin preview performances Oct. 22 at the Walter Kerr Theater in advance of a Nov. 17 opening. The show which features a book by Robert L. Freeman, music by Steve Luvak, and lyrics by Freeman and Luvak, is based on the 1907 novel Israel Rank by Roy Horniman.
Set in the elegant Edwardian era, the plot concerns ne’er-do-well Monty Navarro (Pinkham) who discovers he is ninth in line to the fabulous D’Ysquith family earldom and fortune. Monty systemically knocks off the eight D’Ysquith relatives who stand in his way. All of the victims will be played by Mays, repeating his multiple-personality performance from productions of the show at the Hartford Stage and San Diego’s Old Globe Theater. Darko Tresnjak, artistic director for Hartford, who staged both productions, will also mount the production for Broadway. The novel also served as the basis of the classic 1949 British film comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets in which Alec Guinness played all eight targets for Monty’s murderous plans.
O’Hare starred in recent West Endproductions of My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins and has recently guest starred in such American TV series as The Closer and Castle. Worsham drew praise for her performance in the 2011 Encores! presentation of Where’s Charley and played in the Broadway and touring productions of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Carr was in the Broadway production of Mary Poppins as Mrs. Brill, the housekeeper, and has appeared in numerous TV series including Friends, Gilmore Girls, and How I Met Your Mother.
Additional cast members include Pamela Bob (Silence! The Musical), Joanna Glushak (Sweet Smell of Success), Eddie Korbich (The Drowsy Chaperone, Obie Award for Taking a Chance on Love), Jeff Kready (Billy Elliot), Mark Ledbetter (A Christmas Story), Jennifer Smith (The Drowsy Chaperone), Don Stephenson (Titanic, The Producers), Price Waldman (The Little Mermaid), and Catherine Walker (Mary Poppins, Ragtime).