Musical eyes fall opening on Broadway
Manderley may make it to Broadway after all, with the musical version of “Rebecca” now moving forward after its abrupt cancellation earlier this year.Word had begun to spread that the show was getting back on track when producer Ben Sprecher took to Facebook. “Rebecca is moving forward,” he posted on the musical’s page on the social networking site. “We have identified the final missing piece of investment, and the Shuberts (to whom I shall be forever indebted) have graciously allowed us to resume production to open at the Broadhurst in fall of 2012.” Show had been slotted to open in April at the Broadhurst Theater, one of the Rialto venues owned by the Shubert Organization. But in January, just a couple of weeks prior to the planned start of the rehearsals, the plug was pulled because only 80% of the show’s $12 million capitalization had been raised. With “Rebecca” out of the picture, the multiracial revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire” drove in to snag the theater for an April 26 opening. Production, toplined by Blair Underwood and Nicole Ari Parker, is currently skedded to play a 16-week limited run. “Rebecca,” based on the 1938 Daphne du Maurier novel about a woman seemingly haunted by the ghost of her new husband’s first wife, would move into the Broadhurst after the departure of “Streetcar.” No casting for the fall has been announced. On tap for the spring incarnation were thesps Sierra Boggess, James Barbour, Tam Mutu and Karen Mason, among others. Broadway incarnation of “Rebecca” is a new version of a German-language musical that has proven successful in runs in Europe and Asia. Christopher Hampton pens an English-language book and co-writes the lyrics with original book writer-lyricist Michael Kunze. Sylvester Levay writes the score, with original helmer Francesca Zambello co-directing this time around with Michael Blakemore. No definitive dates for “Rebecca” have yet been set.