The now notoriously troubled musical Rebecca may finally be heading to the Main Stem. After a series of delays reported to be the result of fraud by a producer no longer associated with the production, it has been announced that the show is expected to make a Broadway bow winter 2014. The new musical features a book and lyrics by Michael Kunze, music by Sylvester Levay, English book adaptation by Christopher Hampton and English lyrics by Hampton and Kunze. Rebecca is set to be directed by Michael Blakemore and Francesca Zambello.
Based on Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel, Rebecca is a romantic thriller that follows Maxim de Winter, who brings his new wife (“I”) home to his estate of Manderley. There she meets the threatening housekeeper Mrs. Danvers, who had a very special relationship with Maxim’s first wife, Rebecca, who died a year earlier in a boating accident. The young woman discovers Manderley is a house of secrets, and the mystery of Rebecca may be the greatest of them all as she finds the strength to challenge Mrs. Danvers and save her marriage.
The Rebecca creative team will feature musical staging by Graciela Daniele, scenic design by Peter J. Davidson, costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting design by Mark McCullough, sound by Peter Fitzgerald and musical direction by Kevin Stites.