There’s No Debate. TOMORROW’S DOWNTOWN MUSIC DUO IS A WINNER

 

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Wednesday, September 28 at 12:10PM
Violinist Jeehae Lee joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in September 2008. Prior to joining the Met, she performed with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra and held an orchestral fellowship for three consecutive summers at the Aspen Music Festival.
She is joined at the piano by Anna Vinnitsky, who has appeared in recital at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and Merkin Hall in New York. The program includes the Sonata in D minor, Opus 75 of Camille Saint-Saens.
This concert is made possible with the generous support of Beverley and Sabin Streeter.
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DANNON HQ COMING TO TOWN–BROADBAND CONSTRUCTION COALITION PROPOSED AT SPECIAL MEETING

WPCNR COMMON COUNCIL CHRONICLE-EXAMINER. Special to WPCNR from James Benerofe. September 27, 2016:

At a Special Meeting of the Common Council last night, according to James Benerofe, the council heard from Dannon Yogurt which has plans to occupy first floor space in the Fortunoff Mall on Old Bloomingdale Road, and it has started the process to move their world headquarters to White Plains from its current location on Hillside Avenue in Greenburg.

Benerofe says Dannon hopes to get a Special Permit from the Council to change the zoning on the Fortunoff property to allow construction of a research and development laboratory on the first floor of the structure, which Dannon says develops new Dannon products, tests and perfects them and brings them to market. The proposal will bring in 350 current employees into the building, the Dannon Senior Director of Public Relations told WPCNR. The project is hoped to be occupied in 2018. Morton’s Steakhouse and the maternity shop are moving out of the first floor space.

Michael Neuwirth, Senior Director of Publis Relations for Dannon told the WPCNR
“Dannon is in the process of filing applications with the City of White Plains Common Council, the County of Westchester IDA, and the State of New York Empire State Development, as the company explores the opportunity to move from its current location to downtown White Plains. The City, County and State have been very supportive of Dannon’s plans for growth and Dannon’s business goals.

The company has not finalized its move plans, which are contingent on a number of factors.  While we cannot provide any additional information about the possible move until we work through various contingencies, we appreciate everyone’s patience and tremendous support. We recognize the efforts of the State of New York, County of Westchester and City of White Plains to keep us in the area, which we’ve called home for more than 20 years.”

In another development Bill Mooney of the Westchester County Association pitched the Common Council on White Plains joining with other cities in Westchester to add broadband capbilities to the city, a project first introduced  at last spring’s conference on the future of Westchester sponsored by the WCA. Broadband was highlighted as a shortcoming of the Westchester marketplace (not enough broadband capacity to attract research, medical, and other businesses). Mooney suggested that by White Plains  acquiring broadbanding in conjunction with other cities (as it did with Sustainable Westchester’s green power plan bu combining with 20 other communities for combined customer purchasing power), much money could be saved.

 

 

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Downtown Transit District Public Meeting Wednesday, 6:30 PM–

The next public meeting for the White Plains Downtown Transit District will be held on Wednesday, September 28th at 6:30 PM.
The meeting will be held at ArtsWestchester, located at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, at the corner of Mamaroneck and Martine Avenues.

The public will have the opportunity to see how their comments have informed the development of near- and long-term opportunities that will guide the future of the Downtown White Plains Transit District.

 
Where:
ArtsWestchester
31 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10601
When:
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
6:30-8:30 PM

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A view looking East at the White Plains Transit District photographed from a Metro North train. The area around the train station is undergoing a study by Parsons Brinkerhoff as to what should be done to develop the area around the train station in White Plains. The Transit Study District will present their findings of what What White Plains Wants Wednesday evening.

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WANT TO HAVE SAY THIS ELECTION DAY: REGISTER TO VOTE AT THE FOLLOWING LOCAL LOCATIONS–ON NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY TOMORROW

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WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2016. From the League of Women Voters of White Plains. September 26, 2016:
On Tuesday September 27th, the League of Women Voters of White Plains will have nearly 50 volunteers registering new voters as we participate in National Voter Registration Day.
 In an effort to get young people involved in the electoral process, the League will have volunteers at area colleges including The College of Westchester, Berkeley College, Manhattanville College and Pace Law School, plus volunteers at the White Plains Galleria Mall and the White Plains YMCA.
Voting is among the most important of American rights and it is the foundation of our democracy,  The League is proud to be part of this nationwide effort.
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Former Tarrytown Schools Superintendent, Howard W. Smith to be Appointed Acting Superintendent through June 30.

WPCNR SCHOOL DAYS. From Michelle Schoenfeld, Clerk to the Board of Education. September24, 2016:

The White Plains Board of Education plans to vote on the appointment of Dr. Howard W. Smith as Acting Superintendent of Schools at a Special Board of Education meeting on Monday evening, September 26th, 7:30 P.M., at Education House, 5 Homeside Lane.

Dr. Smith’s term is expected to begin on October 1, 2016 and continue through this school year.  He will replace Timothy P. Connors who stepped in for Superintendent Paul Fried who has been on a medical leave since June 1 of this year.

Dr. Smith has had a distinguished career in public school administration and retired in 2013 from the Superintendent position in the Union Free School District of the Tarrytowns after 12 years of  service.

Since then he has held interim superintendent and consultant positions.  He also has been on the Adjunct Faculty at Bank Street College, Fordham University and St. Lawrence University.   A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Marietta College, Dr. Smith has two Masters Degrees and a Ph.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Board President Rosemarie Eller said, “We are confident that Dr. Smith is an excellent choice for the students, staff and community.  He will bring us the experienced leadership needed to provide stability and to move the district forward.”

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TONY BROOKLYN MEETS STEPHANIE MANHATTAN AND IT’S LOVE ON THE DISCO ROUND. JACOB TISCHLER IS STAYIN ALIVE AND HOT BEYOND TRAVOLTA ALEXANDRA MATTEO THE DANCING QUEEN BURN UP WESTCHESTER BROADWAY THEATRE WITH GLITZY GLAMOUR, IMPOSSIBLE ROMANCE GIVING YOU SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER. CLASS GLAMOUR ARE BACK

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Alexandra Matteo, Uptown Girl, meets an Italian boy from Bay Ridge Tony (Jacob Tischler) and he shows her new steps and she has 100 reasons never to see him again. But of course, she does. All Photos, Courtesy, Westchester Broadway Theatre By John Vecchiola

 

WPCNR STAGE DOOR. Theatrical Review by John F. Bailey. September 24, 2016:

Hand me down my tuxedo, I’m coming back for more of Westchester Broadway Theatre’s  SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, the revival of the Broadway film and musical of the 1970s, that in splendid one-surprise-after-another numbers with flawless production of the unique disco beat and hits of the Bee Gee era starts with one of the best overtures to start a New York City musical ever: the surge and swish and honk-honk of NY cabs, the wail of police sirens as  you join Tony Manero ( the ridiculously handsome Jacob Tischler ) and his pals in Bay Ridge Brooklyn USA – 1977—Scott Muni is on the radio, Son of Sam is in the news, and the  underthrob beat of the heart of “Stayin’ Alive” energizes the theatre. Nothing builds excitement more instantly than the real sounds of New Yawk.

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Stayin’ Alive performed by the cast of Saturday Night Fever

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TONY (JACOB TISCHLER, CENTER) WITH THE BAY RIDGE GANG, BOBBY (CHRIS COLLINS-PISANO), GUS (RAYNOR RUBEL), JOEY (CHRISTOPHER HLINKA) DOUBLE J (JOE MOELLER)

Tony and the gang, teens of the old Bay Ridge, five buddies who  talk Brooklyn, use the Italian slang of those times, posture—in the shadow of the Verrazano Bridge— (How do you fit the Verrazano Bridge on stage, go see Michael Bottari’s and Ronald Case’s Swiss Knife-versatile set and Andrew Gmoser’s city lights and disco dazzle) and Mr. Tischler, whip slender with a pompadour just sweeps away any doubts from memories of John Travolta’s role in the movie—

He stands out and fits in with the cast and he drives home the message of Stayin’ Alive in a deadend neighborhood of deadend jobs. Cut to Tony’s Family home, and he accepts the conflict of his fighting parents, who are so proud of Tony’s brother Frank who is a priest, and want Tony to be more like him.

So then Tony gets ready to go out, strips down to his underwear puts on a paisley shirt, pants combs his hair – I saw myself in Tischler’s  perfect young man’s obsession with hair and body. Now, he’s ready to head to the 2001 Odyssey Disco with the boys who build the disco beat with Boogie Shoes in front of a vintage New York Street front.

The dazzle of the 2001 Odyssey club wows the audience. The styles: bellbottoms, high heeled dancing shoes, the afro, the stylin’ – this was the last dancing era in America. The sequenced lights, the way the lights of Manhattan shimmer behind the Verrazano Bridge. Anybody for a drive to Brooklyn?

Coming down with Saturday Night Fever is like seeing a Dancing With the Stars marathon.  If you like that show you’ll love the choreography and dancing moves in this show to The Hustle, the animated frug-updated, and the high flying lifting and throwing around of the supple, acrobatic dancing ladies and appreciative guys in every number who have this tough job.

Tony loves to dance and it is his escape. At the dance club, love walks in the shape of the cool, sophisticated Manhattan young woman, Stephanie Mangano ( the heart-melter Alexandra Matteo, debuting in “SNF” at Westchester Broadway Theatre). She is an unbeatable romantic 1-2-3 early KO of cute beauty. If her sophistication, poise, and innocence doesn’t get you, than the looks and the heart will.  Stephanie is at the club with one of those older men from Manhattan. You know those older men.

Tony, as he watches The Steph,  is annoyed at the puppy dog adulation of neighborhood pal, Annette (Gianna Yanelli) cramping his style. Ms. Yanelli carries this comic, but slightly sad persona so well we’ll all recognize her. The girl who likes you, but you do not like her.

Tony is drawn to the Manhattan sophisticated young lady  – and Tischler plays this well– not liking the sophisticated Stephanie and her airs, but there is that j’ne sais quoi that we men all recognize – she’s the one. She just leaves you paralyzed. You can’t fight it, not being with her makes you miserable. That’s the way this stormy romance begins.

All the while the young people are doing a hustle to Fifth of Beethoven and then the much-missed WBT frequent performer Michelle Dawson is introduced by the house dj, the campy Wolfman Jack character DJ in the wild plaid fur jacket, Pat McRoberts .

Ms. Dawson in the spotlight, brings down the house with a searing, move-your-feet-sway-your-body-thrust-your-hips-shake-your-booty Disco Inferno (Burn Baby Burn). Ms. Dawson is every bit the Disco Diva – (the Lolita Holloways, the Donna Summerses)—returns  to light up the house with her  caressing contralto doing  Night Fever  and You Should be Dancin at the end of the first act. (Man, they should let the audience  dance in the aisles at this show…please!)

Tony continues to have trouble at home lamenting about being at The Top of Your Game and getting nothing for it. He’s getting no play with his charms on the ice queen, Stephanie either.

He convinces the cool Stephanie to have coffee and in this awkward scene, Fischler flings himself awkwardly, criticizes her preoccupation with famous people and cushy office job, only to be rebuffed by Stephanie, as she walks out and his pride is hung out to dry. In a song most have been through before in relationships of their own Ms. Matteo and Mr. Fischler duet 100 Reasons (not to see each other again). Ladies out there will know that feeling, won’t you? Guys, too. Ahh, the wistfulness, the what-might-have-beens, why-can’t-I-get-this-loser-out-of-my-mind feelings are tied up perfectly in a blue ribbon by this great romantic lead pair.

Jive Talkin where the harsh realities of the working world are highlighted by Tony and the boys,  and Ms.Yannelli, the spurned Annette, wails on the Verazano Bridge,  If Can’t Have You (I don’t want Nobody). Her soprano just rakes the knife through your soul expressing her pain with more emotion poured into it that makes the audience feel the hurt that never heals, ever.

How Deep Is Your Love?  Is how Pauline (Audrey Tesserow) and Bobby (Chris Collins-Pisano) pledge their love at the White Castle.  Never have I heard BeeGees songs so good than they do in this show.

Second  Act turns on the fortunes of the couples. Tony loses his job. He convinces Stephanie to be his dancing partner in a dancing contest. Pauline and Bobby face a pregnancy problem.  The gang has to defend their turf. And the Verrazano Bridge takes a fateful role. Tony finds that Stephanie is not what she professed to be and realizing her mistake she admits What Kind of Fool  (she was). Ms. Matteo puts feelings in song precisely right. Do they make up? Does Tony move on? Clue:  They’re dancing at the end.

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THE AUDIENCE CLAPPED STEADY WOWED AT THE FINALE–KEEP THOSE GLITTER BALLS TURNING FOREVER! AND WHERE CAN I GET ONE OF THOSE SATIN SPORTJACKETS. STYLIN’ BABY, STYLIN’. MESSRS. BOTTARI AND CASE DID THE COSTUMES FOR THIS SHOW AND THEY DID THEIR RESEARCH!

This is not a show for young children because of some dark twists of the plot, and language, but the songs and dancing are fabulous.

Boogie Down!

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Catch the Fever. Call the box office at 914-592-2222 or go to the WBT website at www.BroadwayTheatre.com.

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