Alleged Broadway fraud involved bogus investors and a faked death

The producers of “Rebecca: The Musical” filed a $100 million fraud lawsuit against a backer who reportedly sabotaged the production

Truth was much, much stranger than fiction for the producers trying to mount a Broadway production based on the novel “Rebecca,” according to a $100 million fraud lawsuit they filed Friday.

While trying to assemble funding for “Rebecca”—a musical version of the 1938 mystery novel by Daphne du Maurier—producers Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza were introduced to Mark Hotton, a Long Island stockbroker who agreed to help them find investors. Within several months, Hotton returned with the names of four overseas investors, each of whom pledged to contribute between $500,000 and $2 million to the production.

Alanna Byrne

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