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It has been a dramatic month for the cast and producers of “Rebecca,” the now-failed Broadway show based on the eponymous Daphne du Maurier gothic novel.The show seems now to be decisively cancelled following a criminal investigation into the loss of $4.5 of funding last month after a mysterious investor named Paul Abrams apparently died from malaria in London, according to The New York Times.
The nail in the coffin came last week after the new investor who was supposed to recapitalize the production pulled his $2 million after receiving an e-mail describing “Rebecca” as a poor investment and stating that the show’s producer, Ben Sprecher, had made up the Abrams persona altogether.
Sprecher recently admitted he has never spoken with Abrams, whose existence or death couldn’t be proven, according to The Times.
Ronald Russo, Sprecher’s attorney, said for the Times, that his client’s e-mails may have been hacked “as part of some kind of plot to scare off investors and doom the show.”
Sprecher, meanwhile, owns a number of Broadway theatres and has a reputation for being an “unforgiving landlord,” The New York Post reported Monday.
His predicament has captivated the Broadway community, the Post reported. Producers and agents who’ve fought with Sprecher even had a laugh at his expense over their lunches at Broadway eatery Sardi’s, according to the Post.
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