Tix for Rebecca's Broadway Run Now On Sale; Previews Begin Oct. 30
By Kenneth Jones
General-public tickets are now available for Broadway's Rebecca, the musical based on the classic novel by Daphne du Maurier, about mysterious doings in an English estate called Manderley. Previews begin Oct. 30 at the Broadhurst Theatre. Opening night is Nov. 18.
Tickets are available via www.Telecharge.com or by phone at (212) 239-6200 or outside of New York metro area at (800) 432-7250. The date for walkup sales will be announced.
Casting for the vital roles of "I" and Maxim de Winter has yet to be announced.
As previously announced, the principal cast of Rebecca will feature Karen Mason (Sunset Boulevard, Mamma Mia!) as Mrs. Danvers, two-time Tony Award nominee Howard McGillin (The Phantom of the Opera) as Frank Crawley, James Barbour (Beauty and the Beast, A Tale of Two Cities) as Jack Favell, Donna English (Lend Me a Tenor) as Beatrice de Winter, Nick Wyman (Les Misérables) as Giles and Henry Stram as Ben.
Rebecca's producers are Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza; with The Shubert Organization, DC Tours Pty Ltd, Manderley Partners, Julian Spencer, Paul Abrams, Tony Fusco, Nanda Anand, Peter Bogyo, Peter Bezemes and Dennis Grimaldi, in association with David Mirvish, Stage Entertainment and Larry Feinman and by special arrangement with Vereinigte Bühnen Wien GmbH. The executive producer is Marshall B. Purdy.
Rebecca features original book and lyrics by Michael Kunze, music by Sylvester Levay, English book adaptation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard), English lyrics by Hampton and Kunze, and direction by Tony Award winner Michael Blakemore (Kiss Me, Kate; City of Angels; Noises Off) and Francesca Zambello (The Little Mermaid).
Multiple Tony-nominated director-choreographer Graciela Daniele (Ragtime) will create the musical staging for the show.
The creative team includes scenic designer Peter J. Davidson, costume designer Jane Greenwood, lighting designer Mark McCullough, sound designer Peter Fitzgerald, hair and wig designer Tom Watson and special effects designer Gregory Meeh and projection designer Sven Ortel. Musical direction and supervision is by Kevin Stites.
According to the producers, "Rebecca is the story of Maxim de Winter, his new wife (known only as 'I') and Mrs. Danvers, the controlling and manipulative housekeeper of Maxim's West Country estate of Manderley — where the memory of his first wife, the glamorous and mysterious Rebecca, still casts a shadow."
The Broadhurst Theatre (235 W. 44th Street) is currently home to A Streetcar Named Desire.
"Rebecca," which also inspired a 1940 Academy Award-winning film by Alfred Hitchcock, is a suspense novel by British writer du Maurier that begins with the famous line, "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again." (Yes, the line is sung in the musical.)
Rebecca had its world premiere in 2006 by Vereinigte Buhnen Wien at the Raimund Theater in Vienna, where it played for more than three years. Productions have also played Budapest, Hungary; Helsinki, Finland; Stuttgart, Germany; St. Gallen, Switzerland and at the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo.
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