Sylvester Levay News

DIE KAISERIN SAGT ADIEU - Das Musical ELISABETH feierte Abschied!
by Marcel Konrath - Feb 04, 2014

Am Samstag, 1.Februar 2014, hob sich das letzte Mal der Vorhang fur das Erfolgsmusical ELISABETH im Raimund Theater. (more...)

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...)

Willemijn Verkaik Confirmed As London's New Elphaba In WICKED From November!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2013

WICKED, the record-breaking hit West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, proudly welcomes Willemijn Verkaik to the role of 'Elphaba' from Today 18 November 2013. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Willemijn Verkaik Performs 'The Years' from Scott Alan's HOME THE MUSICAL
by Stage Tube - Sep 09, 2013

In August, WICKED's Willemijn Verkaik starred in Scott Alan's concert performance of his new musical HOME at IndigO2 at the 02. The concert was the first time entire score from HOME THE MUSICAL had been revealed. Below, check out Verkaik perform the Overture and the opening song from the show! (more...)

Willemijn Verkaik to Join West End's WICKED, Beginning November 18!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 03, 2013

WICKED, the record-breaking hit West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, proudly welcomes (more...)

Willemijn Verkaik Confirmed As London's New Elphaba In WICKED From November!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 03, 2013

WICKED, the record-breaking hit West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, proudly welcomes Willemijn Verkaik to the role of 'Elphaba' from Monday 18 November 2013. (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...)

REBECCA Producers Have 10 Weeks to Raise $4.5 Million
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2012

Following REBECCA's cancellation on Broadway and the news that financier and stock broker Mark C. Hotton was arrested yesterday for his role in the show's collapse, Bloomberg reports that REBECCA's producers now have 10 weeks-until Dec. 31-to raise $4.5 million or face returning millions more to their investors. (more...)

Breaking News: REBECCA Middle-Man Financier Mark Hotten Arrested Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2012

The twisting tale of REBECCA's cancellation on Broadway made a new turn this morning with multiple news outlets reporting that troubled financier and stock broker Mark C. Hotton was arrested this morning at 6am for his role in the show's collapse. (more...)

REBECCA Producer Says Now Clear That Four Investors 'Never Existed'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 08, 2012

According to the New York Post, Ronald Russo , lawyer for producer Ben Sprecher has now said that 'Sprecher had been led to "Abrams" by shadowy Long Island businessman, Mark Hotton, who told him Abrams died before he could hand over the dough, sources have said. There also were three other investors Hotton told Sprecher about who supposedly promised another combined $2 million for the show, the sources have said. But "following an extensive search over the last week, I can now confirm that there is no evidence whatever that "Paul Abrams" or any of the other three investors brought to this production by Mr. Hotton, ever existed," said Sprecher's lawyer, Ronald Russo. The lawyer said they conducted an investigation in both the US and England.' (more...)

REBECCA Cast Member Karen Mason Speaks Out on Producer Controversy - Remains 'Invincible'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 03, 2012

This morning, October 3, the following letter was composed by one of the Principal cast members of REBECCA, Karen Mason, in hopes of clearing up the ongoing speculation of the cancelled Broadway prodution of REBECCA (more...)

REBECCA Producer Denies Fake Investor & New Production Being Developed
by BWW News Desk - Oct 02, 2012

Now according to the New York Times, the United States attorney's office is investigating whether the investor ever existed in the first place. Sprecher told NYT: "I never made up or fabricated any investor, and I never made up Paul Abrams." He also revealed that a new production of Rebecca is in the works that he 'hoped to mount soon, on Broadway or elsewhere.' (more...)

OFFICIAL: REBECCA Is Delayed Indefinitely; Producers Blame Anonymous Email for Scaring Away New Investor This Week
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2012

Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza, producers for Rebecca, the Musical, announced this afternoon that they were left with no option but to postpone the show. A new timeline has not been announced. (more...)

Breaking News: Has REBECCA Cancelled Its Broadway Run?
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2012

The offstage saga of REBECCA the musical continues to twist and turn with drama of its own. Today, Michael Riedel reports exclusively in the New York Post that, according to his sources, the show 'has been cancelled due to a lack of financing.' (more...)

REBECCA Cast Set to Start Rehearsals on October 1?
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2012

As BroadwayWorld reported last week, REBECCA's lead producer Ben Sprecher recently confirmed the receipt of new financial commitments from investors to alleviate the $4.5 million gap in the musical's budget. Now according to the New York Times, the cast of the show has been notifoed that rehearsals will indeed begin on Monday, October 1. (more...)

REBECCA Producer Says Musical's $4.5 Million Investment Gap Filled
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2012

After sending an email to cast and creative team members as previously reported yesterday, September 20, REBECCA's lead producer Ben Sprecher has confirmed the receipt of new financial commitments from investors to alleviate the $4.5 million gap in the musical's budget, according to The New York Times' ArtsBeat blog. (more...)

REBECCA Producer Says Musical's 'Uncertainty Will Be Resolved Shortly'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2012

According to The New York Times' ArtsBeat blog, producer Ben Sprecher of the Broadway musical Rebecca sent an email to the show's cast and crew today with details about the production's fate. (more...)

Photo Coverage: ELISABETH feiert Gala-Premiere im Wiener Raimund Theater
by Marcel Konrath - Sep 17, 2012

ELISABETH, das erfolgreichste deutschsprachige Musical aller Zeiten, das am 3. September 1992 seine Welturaufführung im Theater an der Wien feierte, kehrt zwanzig Jahre danach nach Wien zurück und erlebte am 5. September 2012 im RAIMUND THEATER seine Jubiläumspremiere. (more...)

Breaking News: REBECCA $4.5 Million Short After Investor's Death - Delays Start of Rehearsals for 2 Weeks; Previews & Opening Night as Well
by BWW News Desk - Sep 08, 2012

REBECCA, the new musical based on the classic novel by Daphne du Maurier novel, has delayed the start of its rehearsals by two weeks due to the death of a key investor responsible for a $4.5 million investment pool in the production . REBECCA was scheduled to begin rehearsals Monday, September 10 prior to an October 30 first preview and November 18 premiere at the Broadhurst Theatre. (more...)

BWW Reviews: 'Marie Antoinette' Freilichtbuehne Tecklenburg
by Marcel Konrath - Aug 29, 2012

Dieses Jahr startete Tecklenburg die Freilichtbühnen-Saison mit einer mutigen Musical-Inszenierung: MARIE ANTOINETTE. So blieb schon bei der Erstaufführung in Bremen der durchschlagende Erfolg aus. Nach einer Überarbeitung des Stückes des Erfolgsduos Michael Kunze (Text) und Sylvester Levay (Musik) durch Radulf Beuleke, Intendant der Freilichtbühne Tecklenburg, und seines Kreativteams feierte die Produktion nun als Open-Air-Musical erneut Premiere. (more...)

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