"A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," the period musical comedy starring Jefferson Mays in multiple roles, opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on Sunday, following engagements at the Old Globe in San Diego and the
The musical is adapted from the Roy Horniman novel that was the basis for the 1949 Alec Guinness movie
"Gentleman's" opened at the Old Globe in March after an engagement in Hartford in 2012. The musical is directed by Darko Tresnjak, who has long ties with Southern California from his days as an artistic director at the Old Globe. He currently serves as artistic director of Hartford Stage.
Mays received a
What did New York critics think of the musical?
Charles Isherwood of the
Thom Geier of Entertainment Weekly describes the musical as "winsome and charming despite an alarming surfeit of devious and devilish characters." Mays not only outdoes his "I Am My Own Wife" performance but also "outdoes himself over the course of the evening."
New York magazine's Jess Green writes that Mays pulls off the demands of the musical "brilliantly" but that the gimmick of casting him in multiple roles "ends up wagging the dog" in this production.