New Musical Rebecca sets a new date

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Rebecca, the new musical based on the classic novel by Daphne du Maurier  will finally get its Broadway opening on Sunday, November 18 at The Broadhurst Theatre. The show was initially scheduled to open on April 22, 2012, but was postponed in January due to lack of funds.

Daphne Du Maurier’s thriller was made famous by the 1940 Oscar winning feature film of the same name, which starred Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine under the direction of legendary Alfred Hitchcock.  The musical made its world premiere in 2006 in Vienna where it played a three year sold-out run leading to successful stagings in Hungary, Finland, Germany, Switzerland and Japan.  Original book and lyrics are by Michael Kunze with music by Sylvester Levay; English translations are provided by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard) with lyrics by Hampton and Kunze.

Rebecca is the story of Maxim de Winter, his new wife (“I”) and Mrs. Danvers, the controlling and manipulative housekeeper of Maxim’s West Country estate on Manderly—where the memory of his first wife, the glamorous and mysterious Rebecca still casts a shadow.

Tony Award-winner Michael Blakemore (Kiss, Me Kate; City of Angels) and Francesca Zambello (The Little Mermaid) will co-direct the production based on the original Viennese staging with musical staging by Tony Award nominee Graciela Daniele (Ragtime). The production features original book and lyrics by Michael Kunze, music by Sylvester Levay, English boow adaptation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hamton, English lyrics by Hamton and Kunze. Rebecca will have scenic design by Peter J. Davidson, costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting by Mark McCullough, special effects by Gregory Meeh, sound by Peter Fitzgerald, hair & wig design by Tom Watson and projections by Sven Ortel. Musical direction and supervision is by Kevin Stites.

The cast will feature Karen Mason (Sunset Boulevard, Mamma Mia!), two-time Tony Award nominee Howard McGillin (The Phantom of the Opera), James Barbour (Beauty and the Beast, A Tale of Two Cities), Donna English (Lend Me A Tenor), Nick Wyman (Les Miserable), and Henry Stramas. Casting for the lead roles of “I” and Maxim de Winter have not been announced. They were initially set to be played by Sierra Boggess and her fiancé Tam Mutu.