Step By Step: The Entire Broadway Rebecca Scandal (So Far)

Broadway News   Step By Step: The Entire Broadway Rebecca Scandal (So Far)
The twisting plot of Daphne du Maurier's 1938 novel is being rivaled by that of the Broadway musical that uses the gothic romance as its source.
The Vienna production of <i>Rebecca</i>
The Vienna production of Rebecca Alexander Ch. Wulz

If you feel as though you need CliffsNotes to grasp the woeful tale of Rebecca the musical, you're not alone. The multi-million-dollar, on-again off-again Broadway musical that was first announced in 2008 has been charting a Dickensian course to Broadway that has left even the cast of Les Misérables scratching their heads trying to keep track of who's who and what's what.

The ghostly musical crept out of the shadows and into headlines again on May 12 when a New York State Supreme Court justice ruled that a Broadway press agent had breached his contract with Rebecca producers after he sent anonymous emails warning a potential investor to steer clear of the production.

If you're wondering how Rebecca went from callbacks to the court room, read below:

Sept. 6, 2008: She's Alive! Internationally Popular Musical Rebecca Will Come to Broadway
International hit musical Rebecca, which premiered in 2006 at Vereinigte Buhnen Wien in Vienna, will have its English-language premiere on Broadway in 2010, producers Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza announce.

Aug. 25, 2009: Rebecca Gets a London Reading and Sets Course to Broadway
Sierra Boggess, Brent Barrett and Pia Douwes take part in a London reading of Rebecca. Discussions get underway for a Toronto premiere prior to Broadway and the West End.

July 12, 2011: Rebecca Taps a Star, Enlists Co-Director and Sets Broadway Opening
In a rare Broadway scenario, Michael Blakemore and Francesca Zambello are announced to co-direct Rebecca's Broadway premiere. Boggess is rumored to be in talks to star in the production that is aiming for an April 22, 2012, Broadway opening at a Shubert Theatre.

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