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Hampton books ‘Rebecca’

Writer to pen English-language version of tuner

Christopher Hampton has signed on to write the English-language book and lyrics for Broadway-bound tuner “Rebecca.”

Musical, based on the Daphne du Maurier novel, first bowed in Vienna in a 2006 German-language production and has also played cities including Tokyo and Moscow.

Hampton (“Les Liaisons Dangereuses”), who won Tonys in 1995 for the book and lyrics to “Sunset Boulevard,” will work with original book writer and librettist Michael Kunze on the adaptation.

Sylvester Levay wrote the music for the tuner, to be directed by Francesca Zambello (“The Little Mermaid”), who also helmed the Vienna preem.

Produced by Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza, the English-language incarnation of “Rebecca” aims to bow in Toronto ahead of runs on Broadway and the West End.

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