The previously delayed Broadway production of Rebecca will begin performances at the Broadhurst Theatre on October 30. The new musical, based on the classic Daphne Du Maurier novel (later turned into an Oscar-winning film by Alfred Hitchcock), will officially open on November 18. The show was initially scheduled to open on April 22, 2012, but was postponed in January due to lack of funds.
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. 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 serve as co-directors.
Rebecca will still feature its previously announced stars 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. The leading roles of “I” and Maxim de Winter have yet to be cast. They were initially set to be played by Sierra Boggess and her fiancé, actor Tam Mutu. Boggess will instead star in the upcoming musical The Prince of Broadway.