Marc Thibodeau News

REBECCA 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...)

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 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?
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...)

REBECCA 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 Revealed
by BWW News Desk - Feb 01, 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 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 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...)

Broadway's Barometer - What Can We Expect for the 1st Quarter of 2009?
by Robert Diamond - Dec 29, 2008

This year will be of particular interest due to the economic situation, which makes the phrase 'more for your hard earned dollar' even harder... (more...)

Rosie O'Donnell to Join Les Miserables as Mme. Thenardier?
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2007

Rosie O'Donnell may be the next to play feisty innkeeper's wife Madame Thenardier in Broadway's Les Miserables, (more...)

Theatre Publicist Shaffer to Join The Publicity Office
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2007

On Tuesday, May 1, 2007, longtime theatrical publicist Jeremy Shaffer - who since late 2004 was co-owner/operator of Shaffer-Coyle Public Relations - joins The Publicity Office, the respected New York-based press agency headed by Marc Thibodeau. (more...)