White Plains Performing Arts Center to Feature New Musicals Enchanted April and Wallenberg

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The White Plains Performing Arts Center in White Plains, NY has announced its 2010-2011 season, which will feature two new musicals, one based on the classic Enchanted April, the other on the life of a Holocaust humanitarian; a new play about a family estrangement that heals with a new house; and more.

The new musical Wallenberg will start the season, running Oct. 28-Nov. 21. Featuring book and lyrics by Laurence Holzman and Felicia Needleman, and music by Benjamin Rosenbluth, the show will tell the story of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swede who saved the lives of thousands of Jewish refugees during World War II.

The theatre's holiday show, That Time of Year, will run Dec. 2-19, and will celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and all other end-of-the-year holidays and festivals. The show features lyrics by Laurence Holzman and Felicia Needleman and
music by Sanford Marc Cohen, Nicholas Levin, Donald Oliver, Kyle Rosen, Brad Ross, Mark Wherry and Wendy Wilf.

The one-woman comedy The Passion of the Hausfrau will make its New York premiere Feb. 3-13, 2011. Written by Bess Welden, Annette Jolles and Nicole Chasion, the play "addresses the hilarious misadventures of Motherhood and pokes fun at all the mistakes, challenges and joys of parenting," according to the theatre's press notes.

Renovations will have its world premiere March 17-April 3, 2011. Andrew Gerie's new play, based on the book of the same name by John Marchese, follows an estranged father and son who come together to rebuild a house.

The new musical Enchanted April will premiere June 2-19, 2011. Featuring book and lyrics by Charles Leipart and music by Richard B. Evans, the musical is based on the 1922 novel by Elizabeth von Arnim, which has also been turned into a Broadway play and film. It tells "the classic and beloved story of four discontented London ladies who travel to the castle of their dreams in Italy where they discover love and the joy of living." The theatre's Broadway Concert Series will kick off with Behind the Mask, a salute to the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Kander and Ebb and Stephen Schwartz, Oct. 2 at 8 PM. Broadway Salutes…Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim will be performed April 9, 2011, at 8 PM. The final concert will be Greatest Hits of Broadway, which will be performed May 15, 2011 at 2 PM.

The season will also feature Conversations @ 7, a series of five evenings with theatre luminaries who will talk and answer questions about their work and careers, beginning Nov. 7; and the First Look Series, five evenings of staged readings of new works in development, which will start Nov. 15.

Conservatory Theatre students will study and perform three shows beginning in January: The Rocky Horror Show, Sweet Charity and The Wedding Singer. To attend or support the program, contact education director Jeremy Quinn at (914) 328-1600.

The White Plains Performing Arts Center is located at 11 City Place in White Plains. For tickets, call Ticket Fusion at (877) 548-3237, visit the theatre box office or go online at www.wppac.com.

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