Few musicals have had as rocky a road to Broadway as Rebecca. The initial Broadway production was postponed in 2011, only to be delayed in 2012 and ultimately postponed again when funding fell through. A remarkable scandal ensued involving a phantom investor, making it seem that Rebecca was doomed to never secure the financing it needed to get to Broadway. But the show’s producers have now announced that despite the many obstacles they have encountered, they’ve not given up on bringing it to Broadway.
Rebecca‘s lead producer, Ben Sprecher, says that he and the show’s producers still have the rights to present it on Broadway in 2013, so they are hoping to finally get the show onstage before the end of the year. The production’s directors and designers are still attached, and there are plans to ask the previously announced performers back to the production. Though the drama surrounding the production may have seemed to put a black mark on it, Sprecher has said that in reality it gave them a great deal of publicity that helped to bring in more financing.
Based on the Daphne du Maurier novel of the same name, Rebecca is an eerie and mysterious romance about a young woman who marries a wealthy man with a secret past. It is widely known from the Alfred Hitchock film version starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine.
The woeful tale of the Broadway-bound musical Rebecca continues. The musical had to cancel its Broadway engagement last season due to lack of funds, and now it has canceled its planned production this season, once again due to investor troubles. The show initially just delayed rehearsals when a key investor, Paul Abrams, died from malaria, as lead producer Ben Sprecher announced his commitment to ensuring that they could secure the needed funds to proceed with the production. However, in a new announcement from Sprecher and co-producer Louise Forlenza, they have said that they now must officially postpone the production since, they claim, that their replacement investor was scared away by a malicious email sent by an anonymous person.
The postponement of the show itself–a misfortune for the many cast members, the creative team, and crew members who expected to have a job this season–has been overshadowed by the many questions surrounding the investor whose untimely death prompted Rebecca‘s postponement. A New York Times investigation into the matter revealed that Sprecher never actually spoke to or met Abrams, only dealing with this major investor via email. And the death of said Paul Abrams could never actually be confirmed. Sprecher was apparently informed through email of Abrams’ death from a person identified only as “Wexler,” supposedly a representative of the estate. These circumstances have led to much speculation as to whether or not the mysterious investor Paul Abrams even existed.
Despite all this, Ben Sprecher insisted in a statement that, “We will not stop our efforts to mount this show and alternatives are already unfolding.”