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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Perseverance

In today's New York Times Patrick Healy reports that the "producer of the scandal-plagued musical "Rebecca" said on Wednesday that he would try to open the show later this year on Broadway, where a planned production fell apart this fall when several investors were revealed to be concoctions of a rainmaking middleman. The "Rebecca" producer, Ben Sprecher, said in an interview that he was optimistic that he would finally be able to raise all the money to mount the musical - in part because of the widespread publicity and notoriety surrounding the show after the fraud scheme was revealed. As a property 'Rebecca' is more valuable today than it was six months ago, through no fault of our own, Mr. Sprecher said. It's just so much more visible now.  This marks his fourth attempt to mount "Rebecca" - an earlier plan in London fell through, followed by attempts to open on Broadway last spring and again two months ago. Despite these delays, Mr. Sprecher said that the production's director, Michael Blakemore, and creative team were still on board for a Broadway outing." Ben obviously took John D. Rockefeller's advice to heart who said that there is not any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. My heroes are those who undauntedly get up on their feet again after each fall.

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