Jill Paice and Ryan Silverman will play "I" and Maxim de Winter, respectively, in the upcoming Broadway musical Rebecca. The pair takes over for engaged actors Sierra Boggess and Tam Mutu, who were originally set to play the show's leads this spring, before the production was postponed. The musical, based on the classic Daphne Du Maurier novel (later turned into an Oscar-winning film by Alfred Hitchcock), begins performances October 30 at the Broadhurst Theatre. Opening night is set for November 18.
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. Upon moving into the grand house, "I" realizes the memory of Maxim's 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.
Paice's Broadway credits include The 39 Steps, Curtains and The Women in White. She has also appeared off-Broadway credits in Death Takes a Holiday. Silverman has played Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and also appeared in Cry Baby.
The cast also features original previously announced stars James Barbour as Jack Favel, Karen Mason as Mrs. Danvers, John Dossett as Frank Crowley, Donna English as Beatrice de Winter, Henry Stram as Ben and Nick Wyman as Giles.