James Barbour Will Return to Broadway in Rebecca; Holiday Concerts, Too | Playbill

News James Barbour Will Return to Broadway in Rebecca; Holiday Concerts, Too
James Barbour, most recently on Broadway in A Tale of Two Cities, will return to The Great White Way in Rebecca, the musical based on the 1938 Daphne du Maurier literary romantic thriller.

James Barbour
James Barbour

Barbour, according to his press agent, will play the role of Jack Favel. As previously reported, performances will begin March 27, 2012, at the Broadhurst Theatre with Olivier Award nominee Sierra Boggess in the starring role. (The production has yet to officially announce Barbour's involvement.)

James Barbour was most recently seen as Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities. His other Broadway credits include Assassins, Urinetown, Jane Eyre, Beauty and the Beast, Carousel and Cyrano—The Musical. He has appeared in such films as "Eight Crazy Nights" and has guest-starred on such television shows as "Sex and the City" and "Ed."

Set in the West Country of England, Rebecca is set to arrive on Broadway after a 2006 Vienna debut, where it played sold-out houses for over three years. It will open on Broadway April 22, 2012. The Broadway production is based on the original Vienna staging.

Tony Award winner Michael Blakemore (Kiss, Me Kate; City of Angels) and Francesca Zambello (The Little Mermaid) will co-direct the Broadway staging that casts Boggess (Love Never Dies, The Little Mermaid, Master Class) as the novel's naïve protagonist, "I."

Additional casting will be announced shortly. Rebecca has original book and lyrics by Michael Kunze, music by Sylvester Levay, English book adaptation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard) and English lyrics by Hampton and Kunze.

Tony Award nominee Graciela Daniele (Ragtime) will provide musical staging for Rebecca, which will have scenic design by Peter J. Davidson, costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting by Mark McCullough, special effects by Gregory Meeh and projections by Sven Ortel. Musical direction and supervision is by Kevin Stites.

Ben Sprecher, Louise Forlenza, The Shubert Organization, Peter Bezemes, Tony Fusco, Larry Feinman, Nanda Anand and Peter Bogyo produce the Broadway production that is presented in special arrangement with Vereinigte Buhnen Wien GmbH.

According to producers, "Rebecca the story of Maxim de Winter, his new wife ('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."


Barbour will also offer his Fourth Annual Holiday Concert Tour, which kicks off Dec. 4 at The Spanish Hills Country Club (999 Crestview Avenue, Camarillo, CA), followed by Sardi's (234 West 44th Street, NYC) Dec. 8-11; and The Coterie (1775 North Highland Avenue, CA)  Dec. 16-17. Each concert will feature special guests and a program of Christmas and holiday songs in the American Songbook.

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