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Broadway's REBECCA Scandal to Be Featured on CNBC's AMERICAN GREED

CNBC's shocking true crime series AMERICAN GREED will examine the controversial journey of the Broadway-bound musical REBECCA. The series focuses on "people who will do anything for money."

In the all-new episode titled 'The Phantom Fraudster of Broadway', premiering August 11th at 10 pm/ET, the show will follow New York stockbroker Mark Hotton, who stole millions from investors and caused the Broadway premiere of REBECCA to implode. Actor Stacy Keach will narrate.

Many will recall that REBECCA, based on Daphne Du Maurier's classic gothic novel, had a choppy road towards the Great White Way. Originally set to open in 2008, the ill-fated show was beleagured by a series of fake emails, fabricated investors and multi-million dollar lawsuits.

REBECCA, set to star Lisa O'Hare, Pia Douwes, Sierra Boggess and Julian Ovenden, featured an original book and lyrics by Michael Kunze, music by Sylvester Levay, English book adaptation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard), English lyrics by Hampton and Kunze, and direction by Tony Award winner Michael Blakemore (Kiss Me, Kate; City of Angels; Noises Off) and Francesca Zambello (Little Mermaid). Multiple Tony-nominated director/choreographer Graciela Daniele (Ragtime) was tapped to create the musical staging for the show.

The show was described as "a spectacular new musical drawn from the classic Daphne Du Maurier novel about love and obsession reaching from beyond the grave. In this romantic thriller, Maxim de Winter brings his new wife ("I") home to his estate of Manderley. There she meets the intimidating housekeeper Mrs. Danvers, who had a very special relationship with Maxim's first wife, the beautiful Rebecca, who died a year earlier in a boating accident. The young woman discovers Manderley is a house of devastating secrets, and the mystery of Rebecca may be the greatest of them all as she finds the strength to challenge Mrs. Danvers and save her marriage.

REBECCA had its world premiere in 2006 at Vereinigte Buhnen Wien in Vienna, where it played to sold-out houses for over three years. It continued with successful productions in Budapest, Hungary; Bucharest, Romania; Helsinki, Finland; Stuttgart, Germany; St. Gallen, Switzerland and at the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo.




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