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White Plains Performing Arts Center Celebration Coming In November

An Academy Award winning actor and other guests will help celebrate the White Plains Performing Arts Center's anniversary with a special event in November.
An Academy Award winning actor and other guests will help celebrate the White Plains Performing Arts Center's anniversary with a special event in November. Photo Credit: Courtesy the WPPAC Facebook Page

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham will be among the guests at the 10th anniversary celebration at the White Plains Performing Arts Center.

The event, "Looking Back ... Looking Forward," will also feature Actors’ Equity President Nick Wyman and master of ceremonies Sirius Radio’s Christine Pedi, who are set to lead the event to honor theater supporters Peter Gisondi Sr. and Tony and Anthony Goncalves, according to a news release. The White Plains Performing Arts Center's annual gala will start at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.

"The event will honor Peter Gisondi Sr. and Tony and Anthony Goncalves for their steadfast support of the theatre and its mission," representatives said in the release.

“It is my particular pleasure to single out three stellar individuals who have been with us for the last decade with ongoing support and encouragement," said the center's board Chairman John J. Ioris. "The Gisondi and Goncalves families are beloved members of our community and original Founders of the theater who believe in the value of the arts to the residents of our city and region. We salute them for their leadership roles among the local business community in recognizing the theater’s contribution to the quality of life and economy of our city.”

The program will also include a musical retrospective "celebrating the best of the theater’s past ten years with a sampling from the upcoming season," according to the release.

“We are delighted to relive the moments that have made WPPAC stand out in the landscape of professional regional theaters and also give a sneak peek at what's to come. This evening will be a spectacular, not-to-be-missed event”, said Jeremy Quinn, producing artistic director, in the release.

"In addition, we are honored to welcome Academy Award Winner F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus), also a current cast member of Showtime's hit show, Homeland and Actors' Equity Association President, Nick Wyman (Broadway's "Catch Me If You Can," "Phantom of the Opera," "Les Misérables" and "My Fair Lady," among others, as well as WPPAC's "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and recurring on TV's "Boardwalk Empire") who will give a unique and intimate 'behind the scenes' look into the entertainment industry."

Gala tickets are available at the box office on the third level of City Center on Mamaroneck Avenue and Main Street or by calling 914-328-1600. Premium tickets are $150 each for a champagne reception before the show and an after party with the cast at 42 the Restaurant on top of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, according to the release. Regular ticket pricing is available at $65 and includes the show only.

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