Howard McGillin Replaces John Dossett in Broadway's Rebecca | Playbill

News Howard McGillin Replaces John Dossett in Broadway's Rebecca
Two-time Tony Award nominee Howard McGillin has joined the cast of the upcoming new musical Rebecca, which is based on the classic novel by Daphne du Maurier and will open on Broadway in April 2012 at The Broadhurst Theatre.

Howard McGillin
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McGillin will play the role of Frank Crawley, replacing previously announced John Dossett (who will appear in another show this season).

McGillin joins the previously reported Sierra Boggess (“I”), Tam Mutu (Maxim deWinter), Karen Mason (Mrs. Danvers), James Barbour (Jack Favell), Donna English (Beatrice de Winter), Nick Wyman (Giles) and Henry Stram (Ben).

Based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca, about a young new wife brought to a country estate called Manderley, in the West Country of England, 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) and English lyrics by Hampton and Kunze.

Rebecca will open on Broadway on April 22 at The Broadhurst Theatre. Previews will begin on March 27.

Here's how producers characterize the show: "Based on the classic Daphne du Maurier novel, Rebecca is 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." Direction is by Tony Award winner Michael Blakemore (Kiss Me, Kate; City of Angeles; Noises Off) and Francesca Zambello (The Little Mermaid). Multiple Tony-nominated director-choreographer Graciela Daniele (Ragtime) will create the musical staging for the show.

"Rebecca," which was also 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."

Scenic design is by Peter J. Davidson, costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting by Mark McCullough, sound by Peter Fitzgerald, special effects by Gregory Meeh and projections by Sven Ortel. Musical direction and supervision is by Kevin Stites.

A Tony Award nominee for his performances in Anything Goes and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, McGillin has also appeared on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera, Kiss of the Spider Woman, She Loves Me, The Secret Garden and Sunday in the Park with George. On the London stage he starred in Mack and Mabel, and his solo recording is titled "Howard McGillin: Where Time Stands Still." McGillin also starred in the Chicago and D.C. productions of Sondheim and John Weidman's Bounce.

Rebecca will be produced on Broadway by Ben Sprecher, Louise Forlenza, The Shubert Organization, Tony Fusco, Larry Feinman, Nanda Anand and Peter Bogyo by special arrangement with/and based on the Vereinigte Buhnen Wien GmbH production.

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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