An Evening at Our Own Westchester Broadway Theatre

Real Estate Broker/Owner with J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY License # 49FA1074963

Phil and AnnDiscovering Westchester County is like peeling an onion-anyone that views "the 914" as an amalgam of bedroom communities slumbering while all the action takes place south of us in Manhattan is missing out. For the last 37 years, Broadway has had an outpost right in Elmsford at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. Just last night, Ann and I celebrated our 10 anniversary at a fantastic performance of My Fair Lady starring Jennifer Babiak and Tom Galantich with a great ensemble cast. 

We love the arts. Ann is a Stuyvesant alum and plays three instruments, and I have it on good authority that my mention of Audrey Hepburn and Julie Andrews on our first date got me my second date. Before we got all tangled up in children and work we saw our share of shows, and as a matter of fact our first reception dance was from Rent. So, driving 10 minutes and parking for free to see an awesome musical with a great dinner is quite a luxury. 

Dinner and a show at the Westchester Broadway TheatreThe Westchester Broadway Theatre has been around for 37 years. It was originally called An Evening Dinner Theatre, and when I was younger my parents took me there twice (Fiddler on the Roof and South Pacific). In 1991, it became the Westchester Broadway Theatre, and for the better part of the last 4 decades it has been a source for more great productions that I could list- Evita, Chicago, 42nd Street, and dozens more. 

We had a wonderful experience last night. They start with a cocktail hour, dinner, and then the show. The place seats under 400, so it is intimate. We were in the 2nd row, with the stage centered with seats on three sides stadia style, so we could see the veins in their neck at the high notes. There is really nothing like a live performance, and this cast really brought it. You get chills.

Jennifer Babiak, a Long Island girl, was Eliza Doolittle and she was powerful. It is a tough role following Julie Andrews, Marni Nixon and Audrey Hepburn, but she was a good girl, she was! Just the right mix of vulnerability, passion, and what a voiceTom Galantich, himself a Brooklyn product, was wonderful as Henry Higgins as well. It didn't stop there, and if you are in the sound of my voice you should pick a date in October and enjoy yourself. 

10 minutes after we left the parking lot, we were home. As much as we love Manhattan, it is so nice that we have something so high caliber that is local for our own. The WBT is one of the great things about Westchester County, and as I have said many times, we feel blessed to live, work and raise our family here.

Put down roots here already!  



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Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
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Very nice localism post...I often think actors are the interpreters of our worlds, and to view great acting/superb writing is a gift, always.

Sep 25, 2011 06:59 AM #1
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Phil, congratulations on your 10 years anniversary. It is important that you two took the time and went for a great celebration. By the way, Do you play any musical instruments since Ann plays three?

Sep 25, 2011 07:02 AM #2
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

GREAT photo of you two looking so happy there, congratulations on your 10 years (and 4 kids + a pup) later anniversary. 

Sep 25, 2011 07:07 AM #3
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Phil, you got my vote on this one, will have to go and check it out with my wife, good call ~ Dave.

Congratulations on the ten year celebration, many more to come :-)


Sep 25, 2011 07:41 AM #4
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
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You know, I have actually never been there, believe it or not.  I guess we always went to Broadway.  I will need to check it out sometime real soon.

I love My Fair Lady.  Yes, my dad saw Julie Andrews (before she was famous) in that first year and describes it over and over as well as later when Rex Harrison won that award and thanked both his Fair Ladies.

Sep 25, 2011 09:04 AM #5
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hello Mr. J. Philip,

Congrats on the ten years. Where doe's all the time go? It's been 29 for us and no end in sight.

Very nice way to "see the town" as through a play".

Have a great day my friend,

Best, Clint McKie

Sep 25, 2011 11:19 AM #6
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC
It’s so cool that you remember those two shows from your childhood!  There is indeed something about live theater that makes it a special experience. (And Happy Anniversary!)
Sep 25, 2011 12:25 PM #7
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

I love My Fair Lady!  I saw it at the Academy of Music with Richard Chamberlain as Professor Higgins.  No one is as good as Rex Harrison though.  So happy you had a great time.

Sep 25, 2011 12:29 PM #8
Debbe Perry
Real Living Carolina Property - Morganton, NC
828.439.3084 Morganton/Lake James NC

Happy Anniversary!

I'm a long way from Broadway, and  Westchester Broadway Theatre, but love live shows at our own City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium (CoMMA)! Will have to do a localism post on it soon.

May you have many more wonderful celebrations!

Sep 25, 2011 01:52 PM #9
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
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Phil, it sounds like a wonderful evening without traffic and hassle...and in your own backyard...always appreciate high caliber theatre and we have it here too with Courthouse Center for the Arts & the renowned Trinity Repertory roots are here for now!

Sep 26, 2011 08:12 AM #10
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
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First and foremost, congratulations on your 10th year anniversary! Many many more to come. Second, there is nothing quite like a live performance.  We use to go to a little performance every year where the croud heckles the actors and actresses, throws money at them, and they respond with cute little words or looks every now and then.  A roaring good time.  I think it is time to make a trip down south in a couple of weeks to see another show...Unfortunately it is 5 hours for us.

Sep 26, 2011 03:14 PM #11
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Phil, Happy Anniversary. What a great way to celebrate 10 years. My husband and I previously performed in community theater. That's how we met. He came to see a show I was in and introduced himself after the performance. That was 22 years ago. So seeing a show would be a very appropriate way to celebrate an anniversary.

Sep 26, 2011 03:30 PM #12
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