REBECCA Musical On Broadway In 2012 (Cancelled!)

by chefkeem

REBECCA, the European Hit Musical by Michael Kunze and Sylvester Levay, will have its Broadway premiere October 30, 2012. Update: The show has been cancelled!

REBECCA The Musical - on Broadway? It's been a long, tough ride, to say the least. But now the curtain shall go up--for the first time ever in America--on October 30, 2012. The magical event will take place at the Broadhurst Theater. It's already been called the most spectacular Broadway production of the last 20 years. Read on to learn more about the background story, the musical authors, and how you can get tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The musical REBECCA has conquered Europe and Asia

Will America love it, too?

After REBECCA's 2006 premiere and subsequent 3-year run at the Viennese Raimund Theater, the show took off all across Europe and Japan, consistently playing to sold-out houses.

Finally in 2009, Oscar and Tony Award Winner Christopher Hampton signed on to craft an English libretto in collaboration with the musical's original author, Michael Kunze.

The first readings at London's West End were produced by Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza. Their plans called for a premiere in Spring 2011. Unfortunately, the grounds beneath the theater proved to be not stable enough for the required stage extension. The London premiere was off.

In March 2011, the producers arranged for a reading on Broadway, this time directed by Francesca Zambello and Michael Blakemore. Everyone agreed to begin the previews in March 2012, and follow with the actual Broadway premiere of REBECCA on April 22. But again - the event had to be postponed.


Now, for sure, the premiere is scheduled for October 30, 2012, at the Broadhurst Theater.

                                                 Get your tickets HERE! 

The Story of REBECCA

From the novel by Daphne du Maurier

Maxim DeWinter, the widowed owner of the Cornish Estate Manderley, meets the girl of his dreams during a vacation at the Hotel Monte Carlo. His young bride suffers from a severe lack of self-confidence. This situation is made worse by the arrogance and cruelty of Manderley's housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, who still lives in her obsessive adolation of the former Mrs. DeWinter: Rebecca.

A year ago, Rebecca had lost her life in a boating accident, but Mrs Danvers had kept the estate as if Rebecca were still alive. Clothing, decorations, knick-knacks...everything remains untouched as to never disturb the memories of the glamorous, former first lady. Every day Mrs. Danvers reminds the young lady of the fact that she will never even come close to Rebecca's beauty and sophistication.

An unexpected discovery of Rebecca's corpse brings about a reopening of the case. The police consider the possibility of foul play, and Maxim becomes the prime suspect. By realizing her true love for her husband, the young Mrs. DeWinter breaks through her shell of insecurities, and she develops into a strong partner in the fight for his freedom. Mrs Danvers, however...well, let's just say, there will be a fire in the end. (Many of you may have seen the classic Hitchcock-thriller.) 

The Musical REBECCA with English subtitles

More episodes will be added as they become available

Michael Kunze on Wikipedia

His life line, works and awards
Michael Kunze is a German musical theater lyricist and librettist. He is best known for the hit musicals Elisabeth, Dance of the Vampires, Mozart!, and Rebecca. He has also written the lyrics for a number of hit songs, including the ...

Images from REBECCA in Vienna

Manderley burns!
Manderley burns!
Mrs. Danvers
Mrs. Danvers
Mr. & Mrs. Maxim DeWinter
Mr. & Mrs. Maxim DeWinter

More info on Michael Kunze...

Michael Kunze's Musical Workshop
Learn about Michael's method for highly-successful drama musicals

Drama Musicals

The most successful German-language musical ever...

by REBECCA authors Michael Kunze & Sylvester Levay
Watch the European hit-musical ELISABETH in videos with English subtitles. Read the amazing story of Elisabeth of Bavaria, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary.

Listen to high-quality recordings of REBECCA...

Rebecca - Gesamtaufnahme

Hitsquad Records

What Is Drama?

Especially, musical drama...
Updated: 11/19/2012, chefkeem
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DerdriuMarriner on 11/28/2018

chefkeem, Thank you for the backstories, practicalities and videos. It's always interesting to hear the creator's perspective. It initially seems strange to interpret a popular novel musically even though that's actually what inspired a number of operas.
Why was the Broadway line-up cancelled?

FloraBreenRobison on 04/19/2012

I've read this novel several times and seen the Hitchcock movie several time (the ending had to be changed to get past the censors of the 1940s). I would love to see the Jeremy Brett TV movie-Mrs.Danvers is played by Brett's first wife, Anna Massey. They had long divorced by that time. I don't know when Rebecca the musical will make it to Vancouver.

The Rebecca Broadway Team on 08/13/2011

Tickets will go on sale in October 2011 at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York. Standby for casting announcements

barbarab on 08/13/2011

one of my favourite stoies as well!! wow this will be a great addition for the entire stage community wont it? think of all the high school and college productions to come about now!!
wonderful article Chef!!

WordCustard on 07/31/2011

This is one of my favourite stories and I didn't know it had been made into a musical so this is wonderful news. I hope it does open in London as I'm not likely to get to Broadway. In any case, I wish the team behind Rebecca the Musical success. It sounds enchanting from the German language production in the video. (If it doesn't come to London, maybe it's time I visited Vienna!)

mivvy on 07/30/2011

I did not know Rebecca is now a musical. It's very strange listening to this in German, because I read the book in English and associate it with England.

chefkeem on 07/29/2011

No worry, Mr. will be a sensational success. Thank you for stopping by. I will immediately add the link to your official REBECCA website.

Ben Sprecher on 07/29/2011

It better be!

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