Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Rebecca Will Not Blaze Trail to Broadway

Word has broken that the previously announced musical adaptation of Daphne DuMaurier's novel (and the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name) Rebecca will not be coming to Broadway this year. The show was set to play the Broadhurst Theatre beginning March 27, with an official opening night planned for April 22.

The reason for the production's cancellation is said to be related to financing. The show has had trouble raising its capitalization. Ben Sprecher, the lead producer of the production, has released the following statement. "It is with great disappointment that we have made the decision to postpone the Broadway debut of this phenomenal musical until next season. Rebecca is a grand and spectacular musical requiring substantial capitalization, and it’s no secret that in this very negative economic climate, raising money for Broadway has become even more difficult and laborious than it has historically always been. We are very close to meeting our financial goal, but we just ran short of time to complete capitalization with rehearsals slated to begin in two weeks. We feel that Rebecca is too special of a musical to short change in any way. It is our responsibility to the creators of this show, to our cast, our partners, our investors and our vendors that the complete financing is in place before rehearsals begin. Rebecca on Broadway must have the proper chance to continue the successful track record it currently enjoys worldwide. My co-producers and I remain very committed to bringing this wonderful show to New York next season."

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