Carole Shelley will join the cast of the Tony-winning A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. The Tony Award winner will step into the role of Miss Shingle on October 28, replacing original star Jane Carr at the Walter Kerr Theatre. She joins a cast that includes Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham, Lisa O’Hare and Lauren Worsham.
Shelley took home the Tony Award in 1979 for her performance in The Elephant Man. She was also nominated for her most recent Broadway appearance in Billy Elliot, as well as for Stepping Out and Absurd Person Singular. Her additional Broadway credits include Wicked, Cabaret, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Show Boat and Noises Off. On film and TV, she has been seen in Frasier, Gabby and The Cosby Show.
Written by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder follows Monty Navarro (Pinkham), a long-lost member of a noble family who stands to become the next Earl of Highhurst—if he can eliminate the eight other relatives (all played by Mays) who precede him in line for the title. The tuner received four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.