Return to Manderley: “Rebecca” to Haunt Broadway Starting in November
Another ghost story will soon be haunting Broadway. The producers of “Rebecca” have confirmed that the $12 million musical, which had been postponed last month due to a lack of financing, will be opening at the Broadhurst Theatre on Sunday, November 18. The musical is based on Daphne du Maurier’s novel about a beautiful young woman who must compete with the ghost of her husband’s former wife, the mysterious and alluring Rebecca De Winter. The 1938 bestseller inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s Oscar-winning film classic starring Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier as the tortured British aristocrat and Lord of Manderley.
The musical, which toured Europe, has a book by Christopher Hampton and German librettist Michael Kunze, who also penned the lyrics to songs composed by Sylvester Levay. Francesca Zambello and Michael Blakemore are sharing directorial duties for the Broadway version. The pivotal roles of Maxim de Winter and his new wife, once assigned to Tam Mutu and Sierra Boggess, will be recast. (Those two moved to another show headed for Broadway this fall, “The Prince of Broadway,” an anthology of legendary producer-director Hal Prince). Karen Mason, James Barbour, and Howard McGillin remain attached to the project.