Rebecca the Musical aiming for a Winter 2014 Broadway Bow
SHE’S INVINCIBLE! While fans and theatre goers may have forgotten about Rebecca the Musical, Rebecca has not forgotten about Broadway. The troubled musical that has been attempting to make its way to Broadway for several years now appeared again today in New York City reminding those in the theatre business that much like the spirit of Rebecca herself, the musical is invincible. The spirit of this production is alive more than ever before. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Rebecca the Musical is aiming for an official bow on Broadway beginning Winter 2014!
Rebecca the Musical features an original book and lyrics by Michael Kunzewith 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.
Producers Ben Sprecher (Pictured Right) and Louise Forlenza announced today that they remain committed to bringing Rebecca the Musical to Broadway. Thomas Drozda of VBW, who currently holds the rights to Rebecca the Musical, has extended the window for Sprecher to raise money for a Broadway bow of the show until December 31st, 2014. Today, Spreacher and Forlenza were happy to announce that Steven Colson, Peter Bezemes and Barbara Sellinger have also attached themselves to the project. They all are hoping for a Broadway bow of Rebecca the Musical in early winter 2014.
Rebecca the Musical has had a bumpy road on its way to Broadway.The production, which was originally aiming for a Broadway bow in 2010, didn’t find itself heading to Broadway until 2012. Just as producer’s believed all of the capitalization was raised for the show, after a brief delay, the production moved forward heading for Broadway. Once the production began rehearsals, the show discovered it was the victim of a scam run by Long Island businessman Mark C. Hotton who had fabricated the investor that was the final piece for Rebecca moving forward on Broadway. Hotton’s lies included an investment for the production of $4.5 million dollars. Once discovered and lacking the full funds, the show was shut down entirely and has not moved forward since. Ironically, we saw a very similar announcement last January regarding Rebecca’s rights being extended through 2013. Sprecher must be good as he has now pulled off yet again another full year extension to mount the production for Broadway.
Hotton’s scam cost Rebecca more than $5 million dollars. His fabricated investor promised the production $4.5 million dollars which secured the show moving forward including the beginning of construction on both the scenic and costume elements for the show. The bill for scenic and costume elements had already racked up to $5.5 million dollars when the delay hit. Since than, Sprecher has been paying to store the elements already built as he has planned to move forward with the production in New York. After Hotton’s scam hit the press, Rebecca gained another reported $2 million dollars due to the international publicity behind the event. However, where the production stands now in terms of money and overall capitalization is unknown.
Despite all the trouble Rebecca has had finding her way to Broadway, all of the original creative team members remain committed to this production. The creative team for Rebecca is led by Tony Award winner Michael Blakemore and Francesca Zambello as directors. The production will feature choreography by Graciela Daniele with musical direction and supervision by Kevin Stites. The rest of the production team includes Peter J. Davidson as scenic designer, Jane Greenwood as costume designer, Mark McCullough as lighting design, Peter Fitzgerald as sound designer and Tom Watson as hair and wig designer. The production will also feature special effects by Gregory Meeh and projections Sven Ortel.
I could not be more excited to hear that Rebecca the Musical is still alive and moving forward for Broadway! The musical has the potential to bring to life an incredible story on stage in what looks to be an incredible theatrical experience for all. Take a sneak peek at the musical on stage! I believe this production could bring to life an epic tale in new larger than life dark musical Broadway has not seen in a very long time. Something very interesting that will now come into play with the staging of the show on Broadway will be its venue. The Shubert Organization was holding The Broadhurst Theatre on 44th street for the show for quite some time including delays the show experienced back in 2012. However, The Shubert Organization has since moved on and the long running hit Mamma Mia has since transferred to this theatre to make way for Rocky at the Winter Garden. Where will Rebecca find her new home now on Broadway? Only time will tell.
Will Rebecca finally haunt Broadway in 2014? Will a Broadway theatre come to life as the famed Manderley? Only time will tell as Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza move forward with this epic production headed for Broadway and more determined than ever before. Stay tuned for Luner on Theatre as we will be sure to bring you all news regarding the upcoming and hopeful Broadway mounting of Rebecca the Musical. For more information, check out Rebecca the Musical’s Official Broadway Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!