By Robert Simonson
15 Nov 2013
Photo by Joan Marcus
For others, however, the show suffered by comparison to those previous efforts. "This limp musical retread of the 2006 indie comedy about a dysfunctional family's healing road trip refuses to take us on any kind of journey," said The Hollywood Reporter. "Given that composer William Finn and writer-director James Lapine previously collaborated on such oddball delights as Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, this stubbornly charmless show is a sad letdown." The New York Times concurred: "Neither gravely disappointing nor entirely rewarding, the musical coasts along perkily as it follows a dysfunctional family on a cross-country journey of emotional renovation."
It's been a while since we've had a new chapter in the legal morass that is the misbegotten, would-be production of the musical Rebecca. But we got one this week.
Thibodeau's countersuit against Sprecher and Forlenza, filed Nov. 12, claims breach of contract, unjust enrichment and fraud. Thibodeau states that he was never paid for his work and continued to represent Rebecca on good faith.
Long Island businessman Mark Hotton, who was charged by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office with defrauding producers Sprecher and Forlenza by fraudulently floating the prospect of $4.5 million in investments, pled guilty earlier this year. The Securities and Exchange Commission recently cleared Sprecher and Forlenza of any wrongdoing in their financial dealings. A judge also dismissed Sprecher and Florenza's claims against Thibodeau of fiduciary duty. They continue to pursue their charges of defamation and breach of contract against their former press rep.
And, yes, Sprecher and Forlenza are still hoping for a fall 2014 Broadway arrival for Rebecca.