White Plains Performing Arts Center — a venue committed to presenting new works — has learned that sometimes when you do new works things don’t go as planned.
I got a call from Annette Jolles, the White Plains PAC’s artistic director, letting me know that the musical “Enchanted April” — which was to end the venue’s ambitious first season — won’t be coming to the stage as planned on June 2 for a four-weekend run.
“The collaboration on that show has fallen apart,” she said.
Instead, they’ll fill the first weekend with a two-person tap-dance show, “Two on Tap: A Tribute to Song and Dance,” starring Ron DeStefano — who was in this season’s “Wallenberg” and also in “How to Succeed” a few seasons back — and Melissa Giattino (from the national tour of “A Chorus Line”).
They’re dancing lemons into lemonade, with performances at 8 p.m. June 3 and 4 and 2 p.m. June 5. Bring your tap shoes on June 5: A tap master class follows the Sunday matinee.
PAC general manager Kathy Davisson tells me that “Enchanted April” ticketholders were contacted and were offered two seats for “Two on Tap” for every ticket they held, and they have all been accommodated.
“Everybody was very cool about it,” she says, adding that “Two on Tap” will be set to a score of Tin Pan Alley favorites — “I Got Rhythm,” “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby,” “The Glory of Love” and “Fascinating Rhythm” — backed by a trio under the musical direction of David Snyder.
Tickets are $30 adult, $15 children under 18 (groups of 10 or more, $25 per adult, $10 per child) and are now available online at the White Plains Performing Arts Center’s website or by calling 877-548-3227.
It has been an ambitious first year for White Plains PAC.
A new team — Executive Director Laurence Holzman, Artistic Director Annette Jolles, Literary Manager Felicia Needleman and Managing Director Lara Holzman — put together a season of new musicals and plays.
Beginning with the Holzman-Needleman musicals “Wallenberg” and “That Time of the Year,” it continued with the plays “The Passion of the Hausfrau,” and “Renovations.” All were regional, Westchester or world premieres.
As we’ve seen with Penguin Rep, Rockland’s wondrous little home to new works and classics, when you’re working with new material, sometimes you have to cut the cord and go in another direction when things aren’t panning out. Here’s hoping WPPAC’s sophomore season will be full of more new works and that the loss of “Enchanted April” doesn’t portend something darker.