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Already troubled musical Rebecca, is stalled yet again. This is the second time the marquee had gone up but the show has not. Producers announced that a major investor has died and they are in talks with the estate to secure the promised money. The investor was responsible for $4.5 million or more than one third of its $12 million capital. The name has yet to be divulged.
Rehearsals which were to start on Monday have been delayed two weeks until September 24th. The load-in of the elaborate set (which is already built) to spec for its Broadway theater, the Broadhurst, is all set to change. Rebecca had been scheduled to begin previews on October 30th and open on November 18th.
Philip J. Smith, chairman of the Shubert Organization, which owns the Broadhurst, said that Mr. Sprecher informed him a day earlier about the new delay “I’ve been around here since 1950 and I’ve never seen a scenario quite like what’s happened to ‘Rebecca.”
The cast of “Rebecca” is led by Jill Paice (Death Takes a Holiday and 39 Steps) as I, Ryan Silverman ( Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera) as Maxim de Winter, Karen Mason (Wonderland) as Mrs. Danvers, James Barbour (Beauty and the Beast and A Tale of Two Cities) as Jack Favell, two-time Tony Award nominee Howard McGillin (The Phantom of the Opera) as Frank Crawley, Donna English (Lend Me a Tenor) as Beatrice de Winter, Nick Wyman (Les Misérables) as Giles and Henry Stram (Titanic) as Ben.
The show’s music is by Sylvester Levay, an original book and lyrics by Michael Kunze, direction by Tony Award winner Michael Blakemore (Kiss Me, Kate) and Francesca Zambello (The Little Mermaid).