It was a great night for UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television alumnus Robert L. Freedman at the 68th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday. His musical, "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder," was a four-time winner, earning top honors for best musical and best book of a musical for Freedman, best direction of a musical for Darko Tresnjak and best costume design for Linda Cho.
Nominated for 10 Tony Awards, Freedman’s musical comedy, co-created with Steven Lutvak (and adapted from Roy Horniman’s 1907 novel “Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal”), tells the tale of an ambitious young man, played by Bryce Pinkham ("Ghost The Musical"), who finds out he is ninth in line to inherit a fortune. Intent on being the recipient of that fortune, he makes plans to murder the eight family members who stand in his way, all played by Tony Award-winning actor Jefferson Mays ("I Am My Own Wife").
"Love & Murder" opened on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre in November 2013, after having previously played at The Old Globe in San Diego, where it had its world premiere and at Hartford Stage in Hartford, Connecticut. Other awards the musical has received include a 2014 Theater World Award for featured actress Lauren Worsham and seven Drama Desk Awards (from 12 nominations).
A screenwriter and dramatist, Freedman, who graduated from UCLA in 1979, has won numerous awards for theater and television productions, including "Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows," a 2001 television film based on the memoirs of Lorna Luft, Garland's daughter.
Adapted from a story on the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's website.