Thursday, June 21, 2012

New Stars Inhabit the DeWinter Estate

Jill Paice and Ryan Silverman will play I and Maxim DeWinter in the upcoming Broadway production of Rebecca.  The original stars were to be Sierra Boggess and Tam Mutu (who, by the way, happen to be engaged to marry each other in real life).  The musical, based on the Daphne DuMaurier novel of the same name and Alfred Hitchcock's film adaptation of the novel (the only one of Hitchcock's films to win the Best Picture Oscar), was set to open during the 2011-2012 season but was postponed when funding fell through.  Now, the show will begin previews October 30 and open November 18 at the Broadhurst Theatre.

The production team behind the show has some impressive names.  The show will be co-directed by Francesca Zambello, who is well known and respected in the opera world, and Michael Blakemore, the first (and, so far, only) director to win the Best Director of a Musical Tony and the Best Director of a Play Tony in the same year.  The show's costumes will be designed by Jane Greenwood -- a designer who has 18 Tony nominations without a single win over her almost 50 year career on Broadway.  The musical staging will be by Graciella Danielle, the Argentine dancer with a 50 year Broadway career and 10 Tony nominations (but no wins) herself.

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