Five years ago, Bryce Pinkham made an acting five-year-plan of sorts.

Just out of the MFA program at Yale, Pinkham gave himself half a decade to pursue acting professionally, and at the end of that time he would reassess. If you’d asked him at that time whose career he would most like to emulate, he would have said Jefferson Mays.

Five years later Pinkham is headlining the new Broadway musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” alongside his acting hero Mays.