Based on information from the New York Post, Sierra Boggess, known for her performance in the first version of the Little
Mermaid and who is currently playing the role of Christine in the tragedy Love Never Dies in London, has been chosen to star
in Broadway’s new musical, Rebecca.
Boggess is also slated to star in the Broadway musical Master Class, written by Terence McNally as the soprano Sharon. She
read for the role in Rebecca earlier.
Ben Sprecher, producer of Rebecca, had intended to debut the show in London before moving it to Broadway, but has now decided
to debut it in New York first. The director will be Michael Blakemore.
The premier date on Broadway is not yet known.
Michael Kunze wrote the lyrics and the book, while the music was composed by Sylvester Levay. The English adaptation of the
book was written by Christopher Hampton, who also wrote Sunset Boulevard and has won two Tonys. The English lyrics were
written by Kunze and Hampton.
The show is adapted from the novel of the same name, which has also been turned into a movie by Alfred Hitchcock that won an
Oscar. The story follows Maxim de Winter, his recent wife (who will be played by Sierra Boggess), and Mrs. Danvers, who is
the maid for de Winter’s West country manor located in Manderley. The house is haunted by his previous wife, the strange and
Rebecca made its worldwide debut at Vereinigte Buhnen Wien in Vienna in 2006. It sold out for over three consecutive years.
Alfred Hitchcock turned the suspense book written by du Mauiere into an Academy Award winner in 1940. The book’s first line
is “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again”, which has been made famous.
The narrator, who is never given a name, discusses being married to Maxim de Winter and their life together at Manderley,
where they cannot escape the ghost of de Winter’s first wife, Rebecca, who passed away some years earlier.