Headliners will include Oscar-winner F. Murray Abraham (“Amadeus”) and Actors’ Equity President (and Westchester resident) Nick Wyman, with Westchester native Christine Pedi (of Sirius radio’s Broadway channel) serving as mistress of ceremonies.
The Nov. 2 event begins at 7:30 p.m. and will honor WPPAC supporters Peter Gisondi Sr. and Tony and Anthony Goncalves.
Jeremy Quinn, the theater’s producing artistic director, says the evening will include a musical look back at the theater’s past and a taste of the upcoming season, which includes “Les Miserables” and “The 39 Steps.”
Nick Wyman knows the White Plains PAC stage well, having appeared as J.B. Biggley in a memorable 2008 production of “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying,” in the second season of producer Jack Batman’s effort to present seldom-seen musicals in White Plains. The experiment lasted just under two seasons, and Batman moved on to Broadway, where he produced Tony winners “Clybourne Park” and “Pippin.”
Batman’s team was replaced by another effort — led by Kleban Award-winning songwriters (and Westchester residents) Laurence Holzman and Felicia Needleman — to present new works, including their own impressive show about Raul Wallenberg.
After that effort failed to get traction, Quinn stepped up from running the stage’s youth theater to programming shows with family appeal and a limited number of Actors Equity actors. Then Quinn moved the theater in a new direction, presenting more contemporary works on the WPPAC, such as “Spring Awakening” (a co-production with Stephen Ferri’s Harrison Summer Theater) and “August: Osage County.”
The $3.5 million, 420-seat, state-of-the-art performing arts center opened Nov. 8, 2003, with a gala weekend that included The Flying Karamazov Brothers and comedian Bob Newhart. It is next to the City Center’s 15-screen multiplex.
Premium tickets are $150 and include a pre-show champagne reception at 6:30 p.m. and an after party at 42 the Restaurant at the Ritz Carlton. Show-only tickets are $65. WPPAC box office, on the top floor of the City Center mall at Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue in downtown White Plains. Go to the White Plains PAC website or call 914-328-1600.