'Rebecca' Musical Postponed Until Next Season

"Rebecca," the musical based on Daphne Du Maurier's classic suspense novel, will not make it to Broadway this season. The production was slated to begin preview performances at the Broadhurst Theatre on March 27 in advance of an April 22 opening.

Producers stated the postponement was due to a lack of financing. They plan to bring the show to the Main Stem next season. The story follows a new bride competing with the memory of her husband's first wife. The 1940 film version was directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starred Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier, and won the Oscar for best picture.

"It is with great disappointment that we have made the decision to postpone the Broadway debut of this phenomenal musical until next season," lead producer Ben Sprecher said in a statement released Jan. 24. "'Rebecca' is a grand and spectacular musical requiring substantial capitalization, and it's no secret that in this very negative economic climate, raising money for Broadway has become even more difficult and laborious than it has historically always been.

"We are very close to meeting our financial goal, but we just ran short of time to complete capitalization with rehearsals slated to begin in two weeks. We feel that 'Rebecca' is too special of a musical to short change in any way. It is our responsibility to the creators of this show, to our cast, our partners, our investors and our vendors that the complete financing is in place before rehearsals begin.

"'Rebecca' on Broadway must have the proper chance to continue the successful track record it currently enjoys worldwide. My co-producers and I remain very committed to bringing this wonderful show to New York next season."

The original book and lyrics are by Michael Kunze and music by Sylvester Levay. Christopher Hampton wrote the English book adaptation and collaborated with Kunze on the English lyrics. Michael Blakemore ("Kiss Me, Kate") and Francesca Zambello ("The Little Mermaid") direct. This version was based on the original production, which premiered in Vienna in 2006.

There are still a few shows announced for Broadway without a theater, so one of them will probably pounce on the now-available Broadhurst in the next few days. These include "A Streetcar Named Desire," "The Toxic Avenger," and "The Fabulous Lies of Hollywood Whores."