A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Musical

Writers: Robert L. Freedman Steven Lutvak Jonathan Tunick

Context

The musical version of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is based on both a 1909 novel and the novel’s 1949 film adaptation, neither of which share the musical’s name. The novel is called Israel Rank: the Autobiography of a Criminal, and was written by Roy Horniman. It concerns a middle-class man from a good family who learns that he is heir (albeit indirectly) to the Gascoyne earldom, and does whatever it takes to secure the inheritance he believes he is due. The British film adaptation, Kind Hearts and Coronets, employed the concept of one actor playing each of the earls in line for

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