Additional Producers Enlisted to Bring Rebecca to Broadway; Musical Eyes Late 2014 Arrival
By Adam Hetrick
Producers Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza remain committed to bringing the dark pop musical Rebecca to Broadway; in fact, a group of new producers have been enlisted to help shepherd the musical based on the Daphne du Maurier novel to New York later this year.
As previously reported, Thomas Drozda of VBW, which holds the rights to the musical, has extended Sprecher's window into 2014 to raise the capital necessary to produce Rebecca on Broadway. The rights window now concludes Dec. 31.
Sprecher and Forlenza, along with new co-producers Steven Colson, Peter Bezemes and Barbara Sellinger, are hoping that Rebecca will open on Broadway early next winter.
Rebecca has original book and lyrics by Michael Kunze, music by Sylvester Levay, English book adaptation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard) and English lyrics by Hampton and Kunze.
The creative team also includes direction by Tony Award winner Michael Blakemore (Kiss Me, Kate; City of Angels; Noises Off) and Francesca Zambello (Little Mermaid), with choreography by Graciela Daniele (Ragtime), scenic design by Peter J. Davidson, costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting by Mark McCullough, sound by Peter Fitzgerald, hair and wig design by Tom Watson and special effects by Gregory Meeh and projections by Sven Ortel. Musical direction and supervision is by Kevin Stites.
In 2008 Sprecher and Forlenza announced a 2010 targeted Broadway premiere for the musical. Rebecca found itself in peril in fall 2012 when Sprecher, who believed capitalization was complete, pulled the trigger on the start of set and costume construction. It was later discovered that Long Island businessman Mark C. Hotton had fabricated the name of an investor who pledged the final $4.5 million for the production.
In July, Hotton pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud, one involving Rebecca and another separate plot to defraud a Connecticut real estate company. The producers continue their case against the show's former press representative Marc Thibodeau for breach of contract and defamation.
Thibodeau withdrew his countersuit against the producers Jan. 17.
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