'A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' recoups on Broadway

It took nearly a year and a half, but 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' finally breaks even on Broadway

After nearly a year and a half on Broadway, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" has finally broken even. The Tony Award-winning musical recouped its $7.5-million capitalization, producers announced on Monday.

The darkly comic production about a social climber who bumps off the members of an aristocratic family opened at the Walter Kerr Theater in New York in the fall of 2013. It had been seen previously at the Old Globe in San Diego and the Hartford Stage Company in Connecticut.

The $7.5-million capitalization for "Gentleman's" is low compared to other Broadway musicals. Most musicals cost between $10 million to $16 million to produce, according to the Broadway League, a nonprofit industry association.

"Gentleman's" won four Tonys, including those for new musical, director Darko Tresnjak and book by Robert L. Friedman. The musical is adapted from the Roy Horniman novel that also inspired the 1949 Alec Guinness movie "Kind Hearts and Coronets."

Modestly scaled by Broadway standards and featuring no major stars, "Gentleman's" was seen by some as a box-office long shot in New York, where it competes each night with blockbuster musicals and celebrity-driven productions. 

The musical struggled at the box office for weeks but received a much-welcomed injection of publicity from the Tonys in June 2014.  

A national touring production of "Gentleman's" will come to the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in March 2016.

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