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The Mystery Surrounding 'Rebecca'

It’s a tale worthy of Hitchcock (with a few shades of "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" thrown in for good measure). The lawyer for the lead producer of the $12 million production of “Rebecca” says that an exhaustive search by private investigators in New York and London revealed that four of the show's investors, including one who purportedly died of malaria, did not actually exist.

Patrick Healy, theater reporter for The New York Times, told WNYC's Brian Lehrer that failing to stage a show in New York City can have a disastrous impact on tours across the country and overseas. “Bringing a property to Broadway isn't so much about having a huge, money-making hit on Broadway. It's about getting the Broadway stamp of approval,” he explained.

Based on the classic 1938 novel by Daphne du Maurier (made into Hitchcock’s 1940 film of the same name), “Rebecca" was originally slated to open in April, but has since been postponed twice. The original German language version of the show had a successful three year run in Vienna from 2006-2009.  Other productions have since been mounted in Japan and across Europe.

Listen to Brian Lehrer’s interview with Patrick Healy below: