Rebecca the Musical Will Get Life Come Fall 2012 on Broadway
After originally scheduling a Broadway beginning in Spring 2012, Rebecca the Musical shocked the theatre community when they suddenly pulled out of the season claiming to not have enough of a financial banking. However, it seems as though when things are meant to be, they work out in the end as they should. Producers have announced Rebecca the Musical will return to Broadway as previously scheduled for a Fall 2012 run.
Rebecca the Musical features a original book and lyrics by Michael Kunze with music by Sylvester Levay. The book has been adapted by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton. Hampton and Kunze have taken care of the english lyrics for the production. The story follows the life of Maxim De Winter as he and his new wife, (‘I’) ,as they live in the home where his previous wife Rebecca still casts a shadow over the mansion. The musical comes off of the novel written by Daphne Du Maurier which was later turned into an Oscar Award winning film by Alfred Hitchcock.
Rebecca is coming to Broadway after having its world premiere in 2006 at Vereinigte Buhnen Wien in Vienna after playing to sold out houses for over three years now. The production has also seen success in Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Romania and Hungary to mention a few other productions. The United States premiere is much anticipated and even more so know with the previous delay from this past Spring.
The production was expecting a much larger delay into the 2012-2013 season, however it seems as though things have worked out in favor for the musical as it heads to Broadway. The production has began rehearsing again and plans to take over The Broadhurst Theatre when A Streetcar Named Desire exits later this year. Lead producer Ben Sprecher posted the following message on the productions official Facebook page yesterday;
“Rebecca is moving forward. We have identified the final missing piece of investment and the Shuberts (to whom I shall be forever indebeted) have graciously allowed us to resume production to open at the Broadhurst in fall of 2012. Thank you all for you patience and most of all to the extraordinary creative team who have stuck by this fantastic production through thick and thin as Rebecca continues to play in productions throughout the world.”
Rebecca the Musical does plan to make a casting announcement soon regarding if original members cast to play particular roles will stay on board even through the project has had to delay. Originally cast in the production was Sierra Boggess (“I”), Tam Mutu (Maxim deWinter), Karen Mason (Mrs. Danvers), James Barbour (Jack Favell), Howard McGillin (Frank Crawley), Donna English (Beatrice de Winter), Nick Wyman (Giles) and Henry Stram (Ben).
So it looks as though Rebecca will haunt Broadway come Fall 2012. Luner on Theatre will be sure to keep you up to date with any further information regarding Rebecca we believe you should know! For more information, check out Rebecca’s Official Broadway Website. You can also check out their Official Facebook Page. And of course, stay tuned to Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and more!