Sure-to-be relieved cast members of the upcoming Broadway musical Rebecca were informed that rehearsals for the elaborate musical would begin on October 1, according to the New York Times. The musical was recently forced to delay its start date after the death of an investor, who was contributing $4.5 million to the production. No new dates for previews or opening night have been set.
The effort to get Rebecca up and running has been clouded with as much mystery as the show's story. Last month, the death of investor Paul Abrams forced producer Ben Sprecher to postpone the production, after it had already been delayed from a spring opening.
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 is the story of Maxim de Winter (Silverman), his new wife (Paice) and Mrs. Danvers, the controlling and manipulative housekeeper of Maxim’s West Country estate of Manderley. Upon moving into the grand house, the new Mrs. de Winter realizes the memory of Maxim's first wife, the glamorous and mysterious Rebecca, still casts a shadow.
The cast also features 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.