A musical literary adaptation was one of the biggest winners at last night’s Tony Awards.
The musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” which follows a man who discovers he is actually the member of a family of aristocrats and decides to kill everyone in front of him in line to the earldom, won various prizes at the ceremony on June 8, including Best Musical, Best Director of a Musical for Darko Tresnjak, Best Book of a Musical for Robert L. Freedman, and Best Costume Design of a Musical for Linda Cho.
“Gentleman” is based on the book “Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal” by Roy Horniman, which was first published in 1907. “Rank” was also the basis for the 1949 critically acclaimed movie “Kind Hearts and Coronets,” which stars Alec Guinness.
The musical wasn’t the only literary-based production to take home Tonys. Actor Mark Rylance won the Best Featured Actor in a Play prize for a revival of the Shakespeare play “Twelfth Night” and the play also won for Best Costume Design of a Play. Meanwhile, the musical version of “The Bridges of Madison County,” based on the book by Robert James Waller, won the Best Score and Best Orchestrations prizes.