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WAKE UP with BWW 5/14/2015 - 'FURY' & 'MENAGERIE' Off-Broadway, 'DEADLAND' in Seattle and More!WAKE UP with BWW 5/14/2015 - 'FURY' & 'MENAGERIE' Off-Broadway, 'DEADLAND' in Seattle and More!
by Jessica Showers - May 14, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Two classics begin off-Broadway, Brian Stokes Mitchell is feted at lunch, Darko Tresnjak directs KISS ME, KATE, and JASPER IN DEADLAND comes to Seattle! (more...)

Exclusive Interview: REBECCA Producer Ben Sprecher Responds to Marc Thibodeau, Talks Musical's Future and Why He Won't Give UpExclusive Interview: REBECCA Producer Ben Sprecher Responds to Marc Thibodeau, Talks Musical's Future and Why He Won't Give Up
by Jessica Showers - May 13, 2015

As of yesterday, May 12, REBECCA's publicist Marc Thibodeau has been found liable for sending emails that caused a potential investor to pull millions from the Broadway musical in its eleventh hour of need. Following this latest development, lawyer Ronald Russo, who represents REBECCA and its lead producer Ben Sprecher on all matters regarding Thibodeau, has issued a statement in response to the press agent's recent comments. (more...)

UPDATE: REBECCA Publicist Marc Thibodeau Responds to Latest RulingUPDATE: REBECCA Publicist Marc Thibodeau Responds to Latest Ruling
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

As reported last night, Broadway's ever-evolving REBECCA scandal continues, with press agent Marc Thibodeau having been found liable for sending emails that caused a potential investor to pull $2.25 million from the musical, a move that forced the project to a halt. (more...)

Broadway Publicist Found Liable in REBECCA Scandal; Musical Eyeing Spring 2016 BowBroadway Publicist Found Liable in REBECCA Scandal; Musical Eyeing Spring 2016 Bow
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

In the latest legal news from Broadway's ever-evolving REBECCA scandal, Deadline writes that press agent Marc Thibodeau has been found liable for sending emails that caused a potential investor to pull $2.25 million from the musical, a move that forced the project to a halt. (more...)

The Bizarre, Ridiculous & Peculiar- 10 Strangest Theatrical Moments of 2014The Bizarre, Ridiculous & Peculiar- 10 Strangest Theatrical Moments of 2014
by Nicole Rosky - Jan 1, 2015

As 2014 comes to a close, it seems only fitting to look back on the craziest moments of this year- and there were many. From the cancellations of major productions to onstage flubs and unpredictable audience behavior, 2014 was nothing if not buzz-worthy. Below, BroadwayWorld invites you to recall the most bizarre, ridiculous and peculiar things that happened on Broadway this year. (more...)

AUDIO: New Clips Released from REBECCA; Coming to Broadway in Fall 2015?AUDIO: New Clips Released from REBECCA; Coming to Broadway in Fall 2015?
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2014

As BroadwayWorld last reported in October, Rebecca producer Ben Sprecher is still working to bring the much-delayed musical to Broadway in Fall 2015. Fans need wait no longer for a taste of what the show will sound like though! Audio selections of 'Last Night,' 'She's Invincible,' 'I'll Never Forget Her Smile,' 'Free Now,' and 'Rebecca' have just been posted on the show's official website. CLICK HERE to check out clips featuring Lisa O'Hare, Pia Douwes, Sierra Boggess and Julian Ovenden. (more...)

Sean Mathias Joins Creative Team of THE EXORCIST; Play Heading for Broadway?Sean Mathias Joins Creative Team of THE EXORCIST; Play Heading for Broadway?
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

BroadwayWorld has just learned that a stage version of The Exorcist is currently in the works, and Tony nominee Sean Mathias is on board to direct the project. The play, adapted by John Pielmeier, enjoyed a run at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse in 2012, starring Richard Chamberlain and Brooke Shields. Production details have not yet been announced. (more...)

REBECCA Con Man Sentenced to Three Years in Federal Prison, Will Pay $68K in RestitutionREBECCA Con Man Sentenced to Three Years in Federal Prison, Will Pay $68K in Restitution
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2014

The New York Daily News reports that Mark Hotton, who in 2012 scammed the producers of REBECCA out of $65,000 and all-but extinguished the musical's plans for a Broadway run, was sentenced today, October 10, to almost three years (34 months) in federal prison. (more...)

BWW Interview: Chicago's Own Karen MasonBWW Interview: Chicago's Own Karen Mason
by Adrienne Onofri - Jun 19, 2014

Upon her return to Davenport's in Chicago, the theater & cabaret star talks about her voice and how she almost lost it. (more...)

Cissy Houston to be Honored at Benefit Gala for Harlem's Mama Foundation for the Arts, 6/16Cissy Houston to be Honored at Benefit Gala for Harlem's Mama Foundation for the Arts, 6/16
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

Harlem's Mama Foundation for the Arts will celebrate its 15th Anniversary at its second annual Gala, which will take place at St. Martin's Cathedral (230 Lenox Avenue at 122nd Street) on Monday, June 16th from 6 - 9 PM. The special evening of food and entertainment -- which benefits Gospel for Teens, a program of the Mama Foundation for the Arts' School for Gospel, Jazz, and R&B Arts -- is graciously underwritten by Larry Scott and Lawrence Scott Events. Tickets for the Gala are $250.00 and $500 (VIP) and are now available by calling the Mama Foundation for the Arts at (212) 280-1045. (more...)

REBECCA Rights Extended Through December; Producers Eying Winter 2014 StartREBECCA Rights Extended Through December; Producers Eying Winter 2014 Start
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2014

Lead producers Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza, announced today that REBECCA, the musical based on the classic novel by Daphne du Maurier, has officially extended its rights through December 31, 2014 and is eyeing a Winter 2014 start. They are now joined by Co Producers Steven Colson, Peter Bezemes and Barbara Sellinger, along with the previously announced co-producers, who all remained committed to the project. (more...)

Securities and Exchange Commission Will Not Take Action Against REBECCA Producers; Still Coming to Broadway in Fall 2014?Securities and Exchange Commission Will Not Take Action Against REBECCA Producers; Still Coming to Broadway in Fall 2014?
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2013

According to the New York Times, the Securities and Exchange Commission will not take action against the producers of REBECCA. The new musical, which was originally scheduled to open on Broadway last fall, was cancelled after it was discovered that several of the show's investors never existed. A recent letter from the SEC to the producers' lawyers indicated that their 'investigation of the producing team was complete and no enforcement actions would be pursued.' (more...)

REBECCA THE MUSICAL Con Mark C. Hotton Pleads GuiltyREBECCA THE MUSICAL Con Mark C. Hotton Pleads Guilty
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2013

The New York Daily News reports that Mark C. Hotton admitted today, July 29, to conning funds from Broadway's REBECCA THE MUSCIAL by fictionalizing millionaire investors. Hotton said the scam was part of a plan to keep $65,000 in finder's fees. Hotton also plead guilty to a similar scheme with a Connecticut real estate firm, and will be tried tomorrow in Long Island in a money laundering conspiracy connected to Brooklyn's Maimonides Medical Center. (more...)

REBECCA to Arrive on Broadway Next Year? Fundraising Deadline Extended Through 2014REBECCA to Arrive on Broadway Next Year? Fundraising Deadline Extended Through 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2013

Back in April, BroadwayWorld reported that lead producer of REBECCA, Ben Sprecher, still intended to bring the new msuical to Broadway by the end of the year. After the Fall 2012 production was cancelled, Sprecher revealed to BroadwayWorld that another $7 million would be needed to reach the $15 million needed to bring the show to Broadway. For the show to open by the end of the year, the musical needed to raise an additional $7 million by the end of June. (more...)

Vanity Fair Online Extra - REBECCA Must-Read!Vanity Fair Online Extra - REBECCA Must-Read!
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2013

As an online companion to Vanity Fair's feature article on Rebecca the Musical's scandalous Broadway collapse, David Kamp takes readers behind the scenes at Rebecca's first and only rehearsal. (more...)

Vanity Fair Delves Into REBECCA THE MUSICAL's Scandals in June IssueVanity Fair Delves Into REBECCA THE MUSICAL's Scandals in June Issue
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2013

Vanity Fair has dedicated a June 2013 feature article to uncovering the scandals that led to Rebecca the Musical's Broadway demise. (more...)

Exclusive: Ben Sprecher Still Intends to Bring REBECCA to Broadway This Year; Rehearsals to Begin in October?Exclusive: Ben Sprecher Still Intends to Bring REBECCA to Broadway This Year; Rehearsals to Begin in October?
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2013

Lead producer of Rebecca, the Broadway musical that was cancelled last Fall, is still intent on bringing the show to Broadway this year. Sprecher told BroadwayWorld that the producing team has brought in an additional $2 million for the production. Another $7 million will need to be raised to reach the $15 million needed to bring the show to Broadway. If the show is to open by the end of 2013, the fundraising goal must be reached by the end of June, and if things go as planned, Sprecher intends to begin rehearsals in October 2013. (more...)

SEC Investigating REBECCA; Show Still Coming to Broadway This Year?SEC Investigating REBECCA; Show Still Coming to Broadway This Year?
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2013

The drama surrounding Rebecca, the Broadway musical that was cancelled last Fall, continues to grow, as Bloomberg reports that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is now investigating what happened bewteen lead producer Ben Sprecher and potential investors for the show. The SEC is reortedly specifically looking into 'whether Sprecher misled a prospective investor, Larry Runsdorf.' (more...)

REBECCA Producers and Publicist Caught in Lawsuit Back-and-ForthREBECCA Producers and Publicist Caught in Lawsuit Back-and-Forth
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2013

2013's Broadway drama continues to unfold surrounding the musical REBECCA. According to The New York Times, the publicist who formerly represented REBECCA, Marc Thibodeau, has asked the State Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit put forth by the show's producers that accuses Thibodeau of 'defamation and breach of contract and fiduciary duty' for allegedly 'scaring off' a last-minute investor. Thibodeau is arguing that he only warned the potential investor that REBECCA's producers had been taken in by a fraud scheme. (more...)

REBECCA Update: 'Almost' Angel Investor RevealedREBECCA Update: 'Almost' Angel Investor Revealed
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2013

Today, Michael Riedel reveals that potential investor, who has now been drawn into the controversy is Larry Runsdorf, who the drug manufacturing firm Breckenridge Inc. in 1983 and now lives in Boca Raton. Riedel writes: (more...)

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