Tonight’s first preview of the world premiere of “Renovations” at White Plains Performing Arts Center marks the latest chapter in what’s shaping up to be a busy spring — and quite a tidy career — for composer and playwright Andrew Gerle.
Last month, Gerle became the first composer ever to receive the Richard Rodgers Award four times. This year’s jury included giants of contemporary musical theater: Stephen Sondheim, Sheldon Harnick, David Ives, John Guare, Richard Maltby Jr., John Weidman, Lynn Ahrens and Jeanine Tesori.
Stephen Flaherty (“Ragtime”) calls Gerle “one of the most talented of our new generation of musical theater composers.”
Gerle’s March is going out like a lion. Consider:
• His musical “Meet John Doe” opened last week in Chicago.
• Tonight, it’s “Renovations” in White Plains.
Based on John Marchese’s book “Renovations: A Father and Son Rebuild a House and Rediscover Each Other,” the play is about a magazine writer who tries to reconnect with his construction-worker dad while remodeling a house.
The cast features Broadway veterans Todd Cerveris (“South Pacific”), Lenny Wole (“Wicked”), Tony-nominee Liz Larsen (“Hairspray”) and Ken Forman (“Wilder, Wilder Wilder”).
• Gerle’s second book, “The Enraged Accompanist’s Guide to the Perfect Audition” is in stores this month. (He will hold a book-related workshop at NYC’s Drama Bookshop on March 25.)
• On March 27, he’ll be at Joe’s Pub in New York with “Say We Flew: The Andrew Gerle Songbook,” with Tony-winners Karen Ziemba and Maltby and Mark Linn-Baker.
• On March 29, countertenor Lawrence Zazzo will sing Gerle’s “Anacreontea: Drink Well and Sing” in London’s West End.
• Later this spring, his first opera, “The Beach,” with a libretto by Royce Vavrek, will get an orchestra reading at New York City Opera’s annual VOX Contemporary American Opera Lab.
“Renovations,” previews at 8 tonight and tomorrow. Opens 8 p.m. Saturday. Runs Thursdays through Sundays through April 3, with 8 p.m. curtains, except for Sunday matinees at 2. $29 for previews; $39 otherwise. 11 City Place, White Plains, 914- 328-1600. Go to the White Plains Performing Arts Center website.