Broadway's Rebecca to Be Delayed Once Again
A new preview and opening date have not yet been announced, but both rehearsals and load-in will be postponed by at least weeks due to the death of a principal investor, who was responsible for more than a third of the production's $12 million capitalization.
The musical is based on the classic novel by Daphne du Maurier and tells 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.
The show features an original book 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 will direct, with musical staging by Graciela Daniele.
This will be the second major delay for the production, which as previously reported had been scheduled to open in April of this year, but was postponed to give its producers more time to complete capitalization.