SOPRANOS' Vincent Pastore and More Join WPPAC's 10th Year Celebration Tonight
White Plains Performing Arts Center will host its star-studded 10th Anniversary Gala tonight, November 2nd, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Join these outstanding artists of stage and screen in an intimate venue for an unforgettable evening of your favorite theatrical moments from WPPAC's past productions and a sample of the upcoming season.
Vincent Pastore - discovered by Matt Dillon and his brother Kevin at the Crazy Horse Cafe in New Rochelle, NY. A versatile actor, he has appeared on Broadway in the smash hit, Chicago as 'Amos Hart' and has appeared in several films including "Revolver", "Gotti", "This Thing of Ours", "Mickey Blue Eyes", "Mafia", "The Jerky Boys", "Made", "Two Family House" and "Hurricane" with Denzel Washington. TV: Besides playing the character, Sal Bonpensiero, on "The Sopranos", Vincent has also made television appearances on NBC's "Ed", VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club", "The Practice", "Witness to the Mob", "Law & Order", "General Hospital", "Americas Most Wanted" and "Vegas". Most recently Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice".
Christine Pedi - currently in NEWSical the Musical in NYC and can be heard daily hosting SiriusXM Radios ON BROADWAY channel. Off Broadway she was the lead in Miss Abigails Guide and received a Drama Desk nomination for her work in Forbidden Broadway. Broadway: Chicago, Talk Radio with Liev Schrieber and Little Me with Martin Short. Fans of The Sopranos may recognize her as Mrs. Bobby Baccala. (4 scenes, 5 lines ...dead.) Her multi award winning cabaret act GREAT DAMES has played New York, London, South Africa and beyond. Nick Wyman - Broadway shows include Catch Me If You Can, A Tale of Two Cities, Sly Fox, LES MISERABLES, The Phantom of the Opera (original Firmin);Musical Comedy Murders of 1940; Doubles; My Fair Lady; On the Twentieth Century. Current President of Actors' Equity Association. Feature films include Die Hard With a Vengeance; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Funny Farm; Private Parts. Television: ?One Life to Live,? ?The Good Wife,? ?Law & Order(s),? ?The Murder of Mary Phagan,? many others; plus more than 100 commercials.
Jeannette Bayardelle - On Broadway, she starred as 'Dionne' in HAIR as well as 'Celie' in The Color Purple on Broadway and in the First National Tour where she received an NAACP award for best lead actress in a musical. Other National Tours include: Big River, Rent and Sister Act. Her extraordinary performances on stage led her to work on Disney?s ?Princess and The Frog,? and ?Little Mermaid Ariel?s Beginning?. She received national media attention with television appearances on ?Oprah,? ?Live with Regis & Kelly,? ?KTLA,? TBN and many more.
Quentin Earl Darrington - made his Broadway debut as 'Coalhouse Walker' in the 2009 revival of Ragtime. National tours include: The Color Purple, Memphis and The Lion King. Regional: Ragtime at the Kennedy Center and Paper Mill Playhouse; A Little Night Music at Sacramento Music Circus; Abyssinia at Goodspeed Opera House; Dreamgirls at Madame Walker Theatre; Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at Center Theatre Company and The Gift of the Magi at the Polk Theatre as well as many others.
Rita Harvey - appeared as 'Hodel' in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof and made her Broadway debut performing the lead role of 'Christine Daee' in The Phantom of the Opera, after two years performing the role with the second national tour. Off-Broadway credits include originating the role of Lady Edith in The Prince and the Pauper (Lamb?s Theatre); Ethel Chichester in Peg O? My Heart (Irish Repertory Theater); the role of The Diva in Plaiser D?Amour (59E59 Theater); and recently the role of Katrrin Binder in Flirtatation (Marvel Rep). Regional productions include: Diana in Next to Normal; Laurey in Oklahoma!, Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Mariott Lincolnshire Theater); Carousel (Natchez Opera Festival); and Street Scene (Des Moines Metro Opera).
Rob Sutton - On Broadway, he understudied and performed the roles of 'Beast' and 'Gaston' in Disney?s Beauty and The Beast and starred as 'Sam Carmichael' in the Las Vegas company of Mamma Mia! Additional credits include: The World Goes Round (Pittsburgh Public); Children of Eden (Ford?s Theatre); We Will Rock You (Las Vegas); Idaho! The Musical (NYMF); Mame (North Shore) and The Scarlet Pimpernel (Sacramento Music Circus). An Arkansas native, he holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Arkansas and an MFA in acting from the University of Arizona.
John Anthony LOPEZ - Was recently cast as 'Jean Valjean' in WPPAC's upcoming prodution of LES MISERABLES. Regional credits include: Beast (Beauty and the Beast), Emile (South Pacific), Rochester (Jane Eyre), Ben (The Sunshine Boys), Alfredo (La Traviata), and Tamino (Magic Flute). Metro area credits include Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof/VLOG), Fagin (Oliver! / WBT), Old Deuteronomy (CATS / WPPAC), King Arthur (Spamalot / Yorktown Stage), Joshua (The Seed of Abraham / FringeNYC), Frank (Someone to Belong to / PIT), Aramis (The Man in the Iron Mask / WVMTF), Baal Shem Tov (Secret of Our Souls / FringeNYC), Baker (Into the Woods / DeBaun Theatre) and Broadway concerts of Camelot and Oliver! (Irish Repertory).
...AND SPECIAL GUEST STARS - THE CONSERVATORY THEATRE CAST OF AVENUE Q
SPECIAL HONORS: PETER GISONDI, SR. and THE GONCALVES FAMILY