“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” has mapped out its exit strategy, with producers announcing that the show will play through the fall and shutter in January.
“Gentleman’s Guide” became the little-show-that-could of the 2013-14 season, opening in the autumn to glowing reviews but subsequently struggling with low sales for months. The musical comedy’s fortunes changed, however, as soon as the title emerged as the top winner of the 2014 Tony Awards. Box office surged and recoupment followed, with the show’s cumulative gross now standing at more than $60 million.
Recently the musical has proven a middling seller over the summer tourist season, with softening box office hinting that business had begun to dry up. The show posts its closing notice just as the national tour is set to hit the road later this month, with tour stops in cities including L.A., Chicago and Washington, D.C.
With book by Robert L. Freedman, music by Steven Lutvak and lyrics by Freedman and Lutvak, “Gentleman’s Guide” centers on a young man who hopes to inherit his family’s fortune by killing off all the relatives who stand in his way. Directed by Darko Tresnjak, the show won four Tonys including the award for best musical.
Produced by a team led by Joey Parnes (“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”), “Gentleman’s Guide” shutters Jan. 17 at the Walter Kerr Theater.