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Daphne Du Maurier News

Date Of Birth:
May 13, 1907
Date Of Death:
April 19, 1989 (81)
Birth Place:
London, ENGLAND
Gender:
Female
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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...)

American Stage Begins 2013-14 Season with THE BIRDS TonightAmerican Stage Begins 2013-14 Season with THE BIRDS Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2013

American Stage Theatre Company is excited to announce their 2013-2014 season opening production, THE BIRDS by the acclaimed Irish Playwright Conor McPherson (The Seafarer). Previews are tonight and tomorrow, October 2 & 3. Opening Night is October 4 and the production runs through October 27. (more...)

DOWNTON ABBEY's Jessica Brown Findlay to Lead BBC One's JAMAICA INNDOWNTON ABBEY's Jessica Brown Findlay to Lead BBC One's JAMAICA INN
by TV News Desk - Sep 29, 2013

According to Deadline, DOWNTON ABBEY's Jessica Brown Findlay has been tapped to star in BBC One's upcoming three-part adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel JAMAICA INN. (more...)

American Stage to Open 2013-14 Season with THE BIRDS, 10/2-27American Stage to Open 2013-14 Season with THE BIRDS, 10/2-27
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2013

American Stage Theatre Company is excited to announce their 2013-2014 season opening production, THE BIRDS by the acclaimed Irish Playwright Conor McPherson (The Seafarer). Previews are October 2 & 3. Opening Night is October 4 and the production runs through October 27. (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...)

Quotidian Theatre Company to Present D.C. Premiere of THE BIRDS, 7/12-8/11Quotidian Theatre Company to Present D.C. Premiere of THE BIRDS, 7/12-8/11
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2013

Following the best-selling musical James Joyce's The Dead and the critically-acclaimed drama A Walk in the Woods, Quotidian Theatre Companycloses their 15th anniversary season with the D.C. area premiere of The Birds - celebrated playwright Conor McPherson's unique, morally-challenging adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier short story that inspired Alfred Hitchcock's film. Quotidian's co-founder and artistic director Jack Sbarbori directs actors Jenny Donovan, Stephanie Mumford, Ted Schneider, and Matthew Vaky in the production, which runs July 12 - August 11, 2013 at The Writer's Center (4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD). (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...)

Open Fist Theatre Opens THE GOOD THIEF TonightOpen Fist Theatre Opens THE GOOD THIEF Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2013

The Open Fist Theatre Company presents THE GOOD THIEF, written by Conor McPherson and directed by Scott Paulin (Foote Notes, St. Nicholas) and starring Michael McGee. Mr. Paulin and Mr. McGee's previous collaboration on the McPherson play St. Nicholas was a critically-acclaimed endeavor at the Stephanie Feury Theatre. THE GOOD THIEF will open tonight, March 24 at 7pm and runs through Monday, April 29 at the Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. (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...)

Open Fist Theatre to Open THE GOOD THIEF, 3/24Open Fist Theatre to Open THE GOOD THIEF, 3/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2013

The Open Fist Theatre Company presents THE GOOD THIEF, written by Conor McPherson and directed by Scott Paulin (Foote Notes, St. Nicholas) and starring Michael McGee. Mr. Paulin and Mr. McGee's previous collaboration on the McPherson play St. Nicholas was a critically-acclaimed endeavor at the Stephanie Feury Theatre. THE GOOD THIEF, will preview on St. Patrick's Day - Sunday, March 17 at 7pm; Monday, March 18 at 8pm and will open on Sunday, March 24 at 7pm and runs through Monday, April 29 at the Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. (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...)

Update: REBECCA Producers' Attorney Releases Additional StatementUpdate: REBECCA Producers' Attorney Releases Additional Statement
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2013

Now, Sprecher's attorneys have responded with a new statement of their own: 'Today Rebecca Broadway Limited Partnership and Sprecher/Forlenza Productions, Inc, sued Marc Thibodeau, for $ 100,000,000 based on his breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract as their press agent for the production of Rebecca. As the complaint details, Thibodeau, as the production's press agent, learned that an 'angel' investor was willing to invest the money needed to put the show back on track for a 2012 opening, subject to the condition that the investor insisted on remaining anonymous. Using a false name, Thibodeau first emailed the investor's attorneys, calling their attention to press articles in the NY Times and the NY Post about the production's financial problems that everyone with an interest in the theatre had already seen. When that tactic failed to deter the 'angel' from proceeding, Thibodeau used a different false name to contact the 'angel' directly, alerting the investor that his identity had leaked to at least one individual hostile to the production. Within hours, the 'angel' withdrew his support, requiring that Rebecca, The Musical be postponed yet again. (more...)

REBECCA Producer Ben Sprecher Suing Press Agent Marc Thibodeau as 'Whistleblower' - Statement Inside + the Details of the LawsuitREBECCA Producer Ben Sprecher Suing Press Agent Marc Thibodeau as 'Whistleblower' - Statement Inside + the Details of the Lawsuit
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2013

'Ben Sprecher is now suing the innocent whistleblower with an impeccable reputation on Broadway who anonymously warned an innocent investor not to sink $2 million into the sinking ship that was Rebecca after he learned that the entire Paul Abrams saga was indeed a fraud. (more...)

BREAKING NEWS: REBECCA Still Hoping to Make it to Broadway in 2013?BREAKING NEWS: REBECCA Still Hoping to Make it to Broadway in 2013?
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2013

According to a new update from the New York Times, REBECCA's lead producer, Ben Sprecher, is hopeful that the show might make it to Broadway in the coming 2013 season. He told the Times that he believes the necessary funds to mount the show can be raised because of 'the widespread publicity and notoriety surrounding the show after the fraud scheme was revealed.' (more...)

Ten Theatre Issues We Talked About in 2012Ten Theatre Issues We Talked About in 2012
by Michael Dale - Dec 31, 2012

A legendary flop gets a second chance, a fabled night spot closes as a new one opens and a mysterious investor supposedly dies of malaria. These were just a few of the stories and issues theatre lovers talked about in 2012. (more...)

MANET: THE MAN WHO INVENTED MODERN ART to Air in January on OvationMANET: THE MAN WHO INVENTED MODERN ART to Air in January on Ovation
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2012

Ovation, the only network devoted to artists and every kind of artistic expression, is kicking off the New Year with a full slate of artful series, documentaries and films, including those focused on classic and modern painters, a pop icon's most ambitious concert tour, classic and contemporary dancers, the film version of a literary thriller and a behind-the-scenes look at New York's competitive art world. Here are the highlights: (more...)

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