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Will Rebecca Get Another Chance at Broadway?

The scandal-plagued musical may rise again.

Ryan Silverman and Jill Paice were slated to lead the Broadway cast of Rebecca in 2012.
Ryan Silverman and Jill Paice were slated to lead the Broadway cast of Rebecca in 2012.
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After a multiyear roller coaster of starts, stops, and legal battles, it seems the musical adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca may get back on its feet. Earlier today, the following message was posted on the musical's Facebook page:

The production was originally slated for a Broadway run at the Broadhurst Theatre in 2012, followed by several delays due to a lack of financing. Long Island stock broker Mark C. Hotton came on board to attract investors from outside the traditional circle of Broadway investors — a camp that included a South African businessman named Paul Abrams, who died suddenly of malaria before he was able to contribute his $4.5 million commitment to the productions. It was later revealed that Abrams, in fact, never existed, leading to Hotton's arrest and charge with two counts of wire fraud after extracting over $60,000 in fees and "expenses" from the production.

Last we heard from Rebecca, with Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza its producers, the musical was to be codirected by Michael Blakemore and Francesca Zambello. The project features an original book and lyrics by Michael Kunze, music by Sylvester Levay, an English book adaptation by Christopher Hampton, and English lyrics by Hampton and Kunze. On the creative team were Graciela Daniele (musical staging), Peter J. Davidson (scenic design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Mark McCullough (lighting design), Peter Fitzgerald (sound design), Tom Watson (hair and wig design), Gregory Meeh (special effects), Sven Ortel (projections), and Kevin Stites (musical direction and supervision).

So is the saga of Rebecca going to get a happy ending after all? Only time will tell.