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Rebecca the Musical

A Musical Noir Entrances Audiences from Europe to Broadway


Rebecca the Musical

'Rebecca the Musical' on Broadway

Rebecca is a new musical based on the classic novel by Daphne du Maurier and made famous by the film noir offering of Alfred Hitchcock. A transfer from Europe, Rebecca the Musical will begin Preview performances on Broadway on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, with Opening Night set for Sunday, November 18, 2012, at The Broadhurst Theatre located at 235 West 44th Street.

Rebecca is a dark, romantic thriller set to a mysterious, entrancing score. "Maxim de Winter" brings his new wife, “I,” to his estate called Manderley. There "I" meets the formidable housekeeper "Mrs. Danvers," who had a special relationship with "Rebecca," "Maxim's" first wife who passed away a year earlier in a tragic boating accident. As "I" uncovers the well-kept secrets of Manderley and its occupants, she unravels the mystery of "Rebecca," finding an inner strength that will be imperative if she is to stand up to the intimidating "Mrs. Danvers" and save her marriage to "Maxim."

Rebecca had its world premiere Vereinigte Buhnen Wien in Vienna, Austria, in 2006, where it played to sold-out audiences for more than three years. Since then, other successful productions of Rebecca have played in Budapest, Hungary; Bucharest, Romania; Helsinki, Finland; Stuttgart, Germany; St. Gallen, Switzerland; and at the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo.

Jill Paice will play the role of “I” and Ryan Silverman the role of “Maxim de Winter," a man still haunted by the memory of his dead wife, "Rebecca."

The ensemble cast of Rebecca the Musical will feature Karen Mason of Sunset Boulevard and Mamma Mia! as "Mrs. Danvers," along with two-time Tony Award nominee Howard McGillin of The Phantom of the Opera as "Frank Crawley." James Barbour of The Beauty and the Beast and A Tale of Two Cities will play "Jack Favell," with Donna English as "Beatrice de Winter," Nick Wyman as "Giles," and Henry Stram as "Ben."

Rebecca the Musical features an original Book and Lyrics by Michael Kunze with Music by Sylvester Levay. The English Book adaptation is by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton who wrote the Tony-winning Book for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard. The English Lyrics are penned by Hampton and Kunze.

The production is helmed by Tony Award-winning Director Michael Blakemore of Kiss Me, Kate, City of Angels, and Noises Off and Francesca Zambello of The Little Mermaid. Multiple Tony Award-nominated director/choreographer Graciela Daniele of Ragtime will create the staging for the musical numbers. Scenic design is by Peter J. Davidson, with Costume Design by Jane Greenwood, Lighting Design by Mark McCullough, Sound Design by Peter Fitzgerald, Hair and Wig Design by Tom Watson, Make-Up Design by Ashley Ryan, Special Effects by Gregory Meeh, and Projections by Sven Ortel. Musical Direction and Supervision is by Kevin Stites.

A Broadway veteran, Jill Paice has appeared on Broadway and Off-Broadway in Curtains, The 39 Steps, A Little Night Music, and The Woman in White. She starred as "Scarlett O’Hara" in Trevor Nunn’s London West End production of Gone with the Wind as well as in the world premiere of The Woman in White. She received a Helen Hayes Award nomination as Best Actress for Ace at the Signature Theatre. Other credits include Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Mamma Mia! in Las Vegas, the national tour of Les Misérables, The Gig, and Weird Romance.

Ryan Silverman has been seen as "Raoul" in both the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera and in the national tour. He was featured in Music in the Air at Encores!, Cry-Baby, and in The Most Happy Fella at New York City Opera. In London's West End, he played "Tony" in the Olivier Award-nominated production of Leonard Bernstein's and Stephen Sondheim's West Side Story. He starred as the Las Vegas production of Mamma Mia!, the national tour of Wicked, and in the world premiere of Carmen at the famed La Jolla Playhouse.

Rebecca will be produced on Broadway by Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza; with The Shubert Organization, DC Tours Pty Ltd, Manderley Partners, 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.

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