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White Plains Performing Arts Center Stages 'Once Upon A Pastime'

The White Plains Performing Arts Center is presenting 'Once Upon A Pastime.'
The White Plains Performing Arts Center is presenting 'Once Upon A Pastime.' Photo Credit: Courtesy the WPPAC Facebook Page

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- "Once Upon a Pastime," Terry Cashman’s new musical about baseball and redemption being staged at White Plains Performing Arts Center, has been cast for its world premiere with a diverse group of performers with dozens of Broadway, Off-Broadway, film and television credits to their names.

"Once Upon a Pastime" is about America’s oldest pastime, a touching and lighthearted story centered around Mac McCarty, a one-time great baseball prospect whose career was cut short by an injury. Music and lyrics are by Terry Cashman, and the show includes Cashman’s celebrated song, “Talkin’ Baseball.”

The musical is being produced by Ossining’s Armand Paganelli and directed by Joe Langworth. Music direction is by Joe Baker.

"Once Upon a Pastime" also features the voices of actor James Earl Jones and sports broadcaster Bob Costas.

Currently in rehearsals, the cast includes actor John Bolger as Mac and David Green as Shep. Bolger has had a long career in theater, television and film, including national tours of "Dirty Dancing" and "South Pacific," and TV roles in "The Blacklist," "Law and Order," and "NYPD Blue." Green is a Broadway veteran who has appeared in "Annie," "Evita" and "The Flowering Peach."

Rounding out the cast are Robert Montano, Okema T. Moore, Russell Sirico, Brandon Schraml, Laura Pavles, Tony LePage, Kevin Schuering, Matt Martin, and Andrew Lent.

Paganelli, who grew up in Rye, said he decided to produce the musical because it “touched me on all levels. The relationships are heartwarming, the music is fun, and it’s chock-full of universally understood baseball references.” He noted that Cashman “tells stories with his music that invite you to engage with each character. He’s insightful, warm and full of pleasant energy.”

Show dates are Saturday, May 7, at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee.  All seats are $40. White Plains Performing Arts Center is at the City Center off Mamaroneck Avenue and Main Street in downtown White Plains. For tickets visit the theatre box office Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., purchase tickets online at this link or call 914-328-1600. For group sales, contact barbara@wppac.com

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