"A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" Wins Best New Musical Tony Award

Jun 9, 2014

"A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," originally a Hartford Stage production, received the best new musical Tony Award on Sunday night.

The romp of a musical, in which a poor man comically eliminates the eight heirs ahead of him for a title, beat out "Aladdin," "After Midnight," and "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" for the award.

As WNPR's Ray Hardman reported last month, after the show received ten Tony Award nominations, the musical is based on a 1907 book recounting the story of Monty, played by Bryce Pinkham, who finds out he's ninth in line to inherit a dukedom. Monty decides to eliminate the eight heirs of the D'Ysquith family standing in his way. Jefferson Mays plays all eight victims -- two women and six men. 

Theater critic Frank Rizzo -- who appears Monday on The Colin McEnroe Show to talk about the accolades -- tweeted photos from the Tony Awards after party at Rockefeller Center:

Watch a clip of the performance below:

A steady draw since it opened in March, the musical features music by Steevn Lutvak and lyrics by Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman.

This report includes information from The Associated Press.