Mays toplines ‘Murder’ musical

'Guide' among offerings for La Jolla's coming season

A world preem tuner, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” is among the offerings on tap for the 2010-11 season at the La Jolla Playhouse.

Jefferson Mays, who picked up a Tony for his perf in “I Am My Own Wife,” will star in “Gentleman’s,” by book writer and co-lyricist Robert L. Freedman and composer and co-lyricist Steven Lutvak. Mays will play multiple roles in the show, set in Edwardian England and centering on a poor man who discovers he’s eighth in line for a fortune.

Directed by Darko Tresnjak, tuner will run in September and October at La Jolla, whose upcoming season also will include “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” helmed by Playhouse a.d. Christopher Ashley (July and August) and Robert Woodruff’s adaptation of “Notes from Underground” starring Bill Camp (September and October).

A new play by Annie Weisman, “Surf Report” (June and July) kicks off the season, which also includes a staging Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer-winner “Ruined” (November and December).

Exact dates remain to be announced, as does a final musical offering.

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