The previously delayed Broadway production of Rebecca is now aiming to open at the Broadhurst Theatre this fall. The musical, which was set to begin performances at the Broadhurst on March 27 and open April 22, was postponed in January due to lack of funds. No new dates or casting decisions have been announced.
“Rebecca is moving forward,” said a statement posted on the musical’s Facebook page from producer Ben Sprecher. “We have identified the final missing piece of investment and the Shuberts (to whom I shall be forever indebted) 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 spawn productions and throughout the world."
Rebecca features an original book and lyrics by Michael Kunze, music by Sylvester Levay, English book adaptation by Christopher Hampton and English lyrics by Hampton and Kunze. Michael Blakemore and Francesca Zambello were set to serve as co-directors. Based on the classic Daphne du Maurier novel (later turned into an Oscar-winning film by Alfred Hitchcock), 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 of Manderley, where the memory of his first wife, the glamorous and mysterious Rebecca, still casts a shadow.
Sierra Boggess was initially set to lead the cast as "I", alongside her real-life fiancé Tam Mutu as Maxim de Winter. The originially announced cast also included James Barbour as Jack Favel, Karen Mason as Mrs. Danvers, John Dossett as Frank Crowley, Donna English as Beatrice de Winter and Nick Wyman as Giles.