Broadway musical sets a fall opening
Broadway tuner “Rebecca” has set dates for the fall, skedding a November opening with a cast that retains a handful of the thesps who had been signed on for the show’s scuttled spring bow.The musical adaptation of the 1938 Daphne DuMaurier novel had initially laid plans for an April 22 opening at the Broadhurst Theater, but that timeline was abruptly aborted in January when producers were unable to overcome a funding roadblock. The current, limited engagement of “A Streetcar Named Desire” swooped in to fill the gap at the Broadhurst, and in March “Rebecca” had begun laying plans for a fall opening at the same theater. The upcoming incarnation has yet to cast new leads now that the show’s two previous topliners, Sierra Boggess and Tam Mutu, have moved on. Boggess would have played the centrol role of a young woman seemingly haunted by the late first wife of her new husband, to have been played by Mutu. Still attached to the project are thesps Karen Mason (on board as creepy housekeeper Mrs. Danvers), James Barbour, Donna English and Nick Wyman. Howard McGillin and Henry Stram. Michael Blakemore and Francesca Zambello will co-helm the show with Graciela Daniele tapped for musical staging. Tuner is based on a successful German-language version with original book and lyrics by Michael Kunze and music by Sylvester Levay. Christopher Hampton pens a new book and co-writes the English lyrics with Kunze. “Streetcar” is currently skedded to finish its limited run at the Broadhurst July 22. “Rebecca” begins previews Oct. 30 ahead of a Nov. 18 opening.