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Nominated for ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score & Best Book.

"It has one of the most accomplished scores to be heard in the past dozen years, beautifully sung by a rich-voiced cast. Jefferson Mays’ brilliant performance deserves to be immortalized in Broadway lore. GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE is among the most entertaining new musicals in years!” —The New York Times

Enjoy an evening of conversation and performances from the creative team and cast from the best-reviewed show of the season, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak share backstage stories from production's 10-year journey and its triumphant opening on Broadway last fall, with performances from cast members Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham, Lisa O’Hare and Lauren Worsham.

Robert L. Freedman, book / lyrics
Steven Lutvak, music / lyrics
Darko Tresnjak, director
Jefferson Mays, cast (D'Ysquith Family)
Bryce Pinkham, cast (Monty Navarro)
Lisa O'Hare, cast (Sibella Hallward)
Lauren Worsham, cast (Phoebe D'Ysquith)

with David Cote, moderator

A Taste of Gentleman's Guide

Artist Bios

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Robert L. Freedman

Robert L. Freedman (Book/Lyrics) received the Fred Ebb and Kleban awards for the musicals A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Campaign of the Century with Steven Lutvak, and was nominated for Emmy and Writers Guild awards for the television miniseries Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. Other teleplays include Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (WGA nomination), HBO’s A Deadly Secret (WGA winner), What Makes a Family (GLAAD Award, Humanitas finalist), Murder in the Hamptons, The Pastor’s Wife, Honor Thy Mother, What Love Sees, Bitter Blood and Broadway Sings the Music of Jule Styne (PBS). Stage works include The Beast of Broadway: The Life and Times of David Merrick, written with Faye Greenberg, and the musical Grand Duchy, with composer John Bayless.

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Steven Lutvak

Steven Lutvak (Music/Lyrics) makes his Broadway debut with A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Steven wrote the title track to Paramount’s hit film, Mad Hot Ballroom, and won the Kleban and Fred Ebb Awards, both with Robert L. Freedman, for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder and Campaign of the Century. Other musicals include Almost September, Esmeralda, The Wayside Inn and other awards include two Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Grants, the Johnny Mercer Emerging American Songwriting Award and an NEA New American Work Grant. Steven was profiled in Time magazine’s “People to Watch” and has performed his songs at Carnegie Hall and around the country. He has recorded two CD’s – The Time It Takes and Ahead of my Heart – and his songs are discussed in the David Jenness and Don Velsey book Classic American Popular Song.

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Darko Tresnjak

Darko Tresnjak (Director) Is the Artistic Director of Hartford Stage. He has directed at Theatre for a New Audience, The Public Theater, Old Globe, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Royal Shakespeare Company Complete Works Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre Company, Goodspeed Musicals, Long Wharf Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, Vineyard Theater and Los Angeles Opera. He received the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for his direction of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder and San Diego Theatre Critics Awards for his direction of Pericles, Cyrano de Bergerac and The Winter's Tale. Upcoming productions include The Killer at Theatre for a New Audience and The Ghosts of Versailles at Los Angeles Opera.

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Jefferson Mays

Jefferson Mays (D’Ysquith Family) Broadway: I Am My Own Wife, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Pygmalion, Journey’s End, Of Thee I Sing. Off-Broadway: Blood & Gifts (Lincoln Center), Measure For Measure (TFNA), Lyndie Breeze, Quills (NYTW), Orestes (En Garde Arts). Film and Television: Inherent Vice, Alfie, Kinsey, The Notorious Bettie Page, Cousin Bette, "The Good Wife," "Mildred Pierce," "Detroit 1-8-7," "Lie to Me," "Fringe," "Law & Order," "Nurse Jackie," "The Closer," "Dolly Madison," "Liberty!" Awards: Tony, Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Obies, Outer Critic’s Circle, Connecticut Critics Circle, Helen Hayes, Elliot Norton, Theatre World, Drama League, Jefferson, Dramalogue, Helpmann. Education: Yale, BA; UCSD, MFA.

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Bryce Pinkham

Bryce Pinkham (Monty Navarro) Broadway: Ghost, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Lincoln Center: Knickerbocker Holiday. Off-Broadway: Love's Labour's Lost (Central Park); Orphans’ Home Cycle (Signature Theater); Bloody Bloody... (Public Lab). Regional: Williamstown, The Guthrie, Yale Rep, Bay Street Theatre. TV: "The Good Wife," "Person of Interest," "God in America." Bryce is a founding member of Zara Aina, an NGO that uses theater to empower disenfranchised children in Madagascar: He is also a recurrent collaborator with Outside the Wire, a theater company that performs classic works for American military audiences; his latest trips were to Kuwait, Guantanamo Bay and Japan. As a writer, Bryce has had articles published in American Theatre Magazine, as well as the Yale Alumni Magazine. Bryce is a proud Leonore Annenberg Fellow for 2012-13 and an enthusiastic graduate of the Yale School of Drama and Boston College.

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Lisa O'Hare

Lisa O'Hare (Sibella Hallward) is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut in this role which she originated in the Hartford Stage and Old Globe productions. Theatre: Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Elliot Norton & Denver Post Ovation award winner), Gigi in Gigi, Anything Goes, Sally Bowles in Cabaret (LADCC Award winner), Guinevere in Camelot, Maria in The Sound of Music. Television: "Castle," "The Closer" and "Undercovers."

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Lauren Worsham

Lauren Worsham (Phoebe D'Ysquith) is fatally thrilled to be making her Broadway debut with such a lethal group! Favorite roles include: Lisa in Dog Days (Montclair Peak Performances); Amy in Where’s Charley (Encores!); Cunegonde in Candide (NYCO); Lili in Carnival (Goodspeed); Clara in Light in the Piazza (Weston Playhouse); and Olive in Spelling Bee (National Tour). She is co-founder of music theatre company The Coterie and lead singer for the band Sky-Pony. Love to my amazing friends, my wonderful family and my brilliant husband.

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David Cote

David Cote is theater editor and chief drama critic for Time Out New York. His reporting and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, American Theatre, The Guardian and Opera News. For the Best Plays Yearbook series, he has contributed essays on Shining City, Blackbird and The Receptionist. He is a member of the New York Drama Critics Circle, and a contributing critic on NY1’s "On Stage." He has written three popular companion books to hit Broadway musicals: Wicked: The Grimmerie, Jersey Boys and Spring Awakening: In the Flesh. David is also an early-career librettist and playwright. Plays: Otherland (commissioned by Gingold Theatrical Group); Rude News and Fish Wrap. Opera libretti: Fade, with composer Stefan Weisman, and The Scarlet Ibis, also with Weisman. The Scarlet Ibis is being co-produced by HERE and Beth Morrison Projects (in association with American Opera Projects) for its world premiere in Prototype 2015. With composer Robert Paterson, Cote is writing a trio of one-act operas about sex and power called Three Way, comprised of Safe Word, The Companion and Masquerade. The Companion had its semi-staged world premiered in April at Roulette, and Safe Word was recently part of Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers 2014 showcase. Fellowships: The MacDowell Colony. B.A. Bard College.

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