It's the musical that refuses to go away.
"Rebecca," based on the Daphne Du Maurier novel, has died multiple deaths on Broadway before ever opening and it now looks like producers are trying one more time to bring the show to New York.
A report in Playbill this week quoted producer Ben Sprecher on his intention to bring "Rebecca" to Broadway in 2014. A separate report in the Austrian press this week stated that the owner of the show's rights — Vereinigten Bühnen Wien — had extended its license agreement with the American producers until 2014.
"Rebecca" had been initially slated for Broadway for the 2011-12 season, but the production was postponed due to financial issues. A planned production for last season fell through in a spectacular way when some of its investors were bizarrely revealed to be fictional creations.
The deception eventually led to the real-life arrest of Mark Hotton, a New York businessman and stockbroker, who had promised millions in investments in the show.
The musical, by Michael Kunze and Sylvester Levay, had its world premiere in Vienna in 2006 in a German-language production and has since been seen in a number of European countries. The English-language adaptation is by playwright Christopher Hampton.
A recent report in BroadwayWorld quoted Sprecher's lawyer stating that the producer is actively fundraising for the musical.
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