MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Barbara Whitman, 2014 Tony-award winning producer of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and the producer of many other Broadway shows, will be sharing her experiences as part of The Center for Continuing Education’s “Notable Neighbors” series on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Mamaroneck High School's Tiered Classroom.
Lesley Jane Seymour, the editor of More Magazine, will moderate the evening.
In addition to “Hedwig,” Whitman is represented on Broadway this season by “If/Then” starring Idina Menzel. She is working on the transfer of the award-winning Off-Broadway musical “Fun Home” to Broadway this spring. Whitman also produced “Legally Blonde,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the 2004 revival of “A Raisin in the Sun,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Next to Normal” and “Of Men and Men” with James Franco.
“Our tagline is ‘Take A Different Course,’ and Barbara has done just that," said Blythe Hamer, the center’s executive director. "She had a career as an actress and singer, followed by a move to Larchmont where she raised her two boys, then a job in finance and finally an MFA in Theatre Managing and Producing."
Whitman commented on her passion for theater.
"I am an example of ‘It’s never too late,’" said Whitman. "My passion for theater combined with my experience in finance made becoming a producer a logical next step. However, while the song ‘I Want To Be a Producer’ from 'The Producers' makes it sound simple, finding projects and figuring out what might be successful is a complex process requiring imagination and determination.”
Seymour will speak with Whitman about her transformation to Broadway producer, what she looks for in projects, the current climate on Broadway and anecdotes from attending the Tony Awards and being a Tony voter. They will also discuss what it’s like to be the mother of two sons pursuing careers on Broadway.
There will be refreshments beginning at 6:45. Tickets are $30. All paying attendees will be entered into a raffle for two tickets to “If/Then” compliments of . Whitman.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit LMCCE.org . or call The Center at 914-698-9126.
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