Blakemore, Zambello to co-direct musical
The Broadway staging of “Rebecca” is on track for a spring opening, following multiple international incarnations and an aborted London stint.Michael Blakemore (“Kiss Me, Kate”) has joined Francesca Zambello (“The Little Mermaid”) as co-director of the production. No casting has been announced, although Sierra Boggess (“Master Class”), who toplined Zambello’s staging of “Mermaid,” has been approached to play the lead. Zambello helmed the original German-language version of the musical, which opened in Vienna in 2006. Tuner has subsequently played cities including Tokyo, Helsinki and Budapest. A West End version, which would have bowed prior to Broadway, was recently scuttled when a complicated technical effect necessitated construction and excavation that turned up a waterlogged basement making that effect impossible. Christopher Hampton (“Dangerous Liaisons”) adapts the original book by Michael Kunze, and the two scribes collaborate on the English-language lyrics for the music by Sylvester Levay. Graciella Daniele (“Ragtime”) is set to choreograph. Based on the Daphne du Maurier novel, “Rebecca” follows a newlywed woman who begins to suspect her new home is haunted by her husband’s first wife. Broadway production begins previews March 27 ahead of an April 22 opening at a Shubert theater to be determined. Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza produce in association with Tony Fusco and Larry Feinman.