Oscar-Winning Hitchcock Movie to Become Broadway Musical

May 4, 2012  •  Post A Comment

An Alfred Hitchcock movie that was the director’s only film to win the Oscar for best picture is headed to Broadway as a musical, The Huffington Post reports.

The movie is the 1940 release “Rebecca,” which starred Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier. Hitchcock was nominated for best director for the film but didn’t win.

Based on the mystery novel by Daphne du Maurier, "Rebecca" is the story of the impressionable young wife of a mysterious, wealthy British gentleman and what happens to her when she moves into his family estate — which seems to be haunted by the presence of his first wife, Rebecca.

On Thursday, producers announced that "Rebecca" will open for previews Oct. 30 at the Broadhurst Theatre with Howard McGillin in the Laurence Olivier role and Karen Mason in the Joan Fontaine role.

“Rebecca” was one of five Academy Award nominations for Hitchcock for best director without a win. The legendary director never won a competitive Oscar, but received the Academy’s Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1968. Besides “Rebecca,” he was nominated for best director for “Lifeboat,” “Spellbound,” “Rear Window” and “Psycho.”

Hitchcock received three Emmy nominations in the 1950s for his TV series “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” but never won the Emmy.

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