Musical to star Boggess, opens in April
The tuner version of “Rebecca” has locked in a Broadway run, landing at the Broadhurst Theater in a production toplined by Sierra Boggess and opening in April.Musical, a hit in its original German-language incarnation, has been on the table for a Rialto run for a while now. Large-scale production had initially been aimed at the West End but was scuttled there due to complications involving a complex tech effect. Boggess, who made her Broadway bow as the title character in “The Little Mermaid” prior to a West End stint in “Love Never Dies” and a recent gig in the Main Stem revival of “Master Class,” will play the nameless central character in “Rebecca.” Tuner is based on the 1938 Daphne DuMaurier novel about a woman whose new husband — and possibly his country estate — seem to be haunted by the man’s first wife, Rebecca. Original production of the musical, with book and lyrics by Michael Kunze and music by Sylvester Levay, has had a robust international life with productions in Hungary, Germany and Tokyo, among other countries. Tuner comes to Broadway with a new English-language book by Christopher Hampton (“Les Liaisons Dangereuses”) and new lyrics by Hampton and Kunze. Michael Blakemore co-helms with Francesca Zambello, who directed the original staging. Graciela Daniele choreographs. Ben Sprecher, Louise Forlenza, the Shubert Org, Peter Bezemes, Tony Fusco, Larry Feinman, Nanda Anand and Peter Bogyo produce by special arrangement with Vereinigte Buhnen Wien GmbH. “Rebecca” begins previews March 27 ahead of an April 22 opening at the Broadhurst, where “Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway” is skedded to run through Jan. 1.