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White Plains Performing Arts Cast of OLIVER! Announced, Opens 11/20

The full cast has been announced for a new production of the Tony Award-winning musical Oliver! at the White Plains Performing Arts Center, Westchester's professional regional theatre located in White Plains, NY. The show will play November 20 – December 14, 2008 as the opening production of the theatre's Bank of America Broadway Classics series.

Based on the classic tale of the orphan boy who asked for more, Lionel Bart's musical masterpiece Oliver! features all the timeless Charles Dickens' characters singing such popular songs as "Food, Glorious Food," "I'd Do Anything," "Consider Yourself," and "As Long As He Needs Me."

Starring in the production are Sidney J. Burgoyne as Fagin and Natalie Venetia Belcon (pictured) as Nancy. Featured in the cast are Cyrilla Baer (Widow Corney), Jason Edward Cook (Artful Dodger), Alex Covington (Charlotte), John P. Geraghty (Workhouse Boy), Christopher Gray (Workhouse Boy), Steven Hauck (MR. Brownlow), David Gabriel Lerner (Oliver),Geoff Lutz (Noah Claypole), Benjamin Milan-Polisar (Workhouse Boy), Jan Neuberger (Mrs. Sowerberry/Mrs. Bedlow), Alex Pasieka (Workhouse Boy), Gabriel Rush (Workhouse Boy), Roland Rusinek (Mr. Bumble), William Ryall (Mr. Sowerberry/Dr. Grimwig), Noah Silverman (Workhouse Boy), Rochelle Smith (Bet), Travis Taber (Knife Grinder), Christian Whelan (Bill Sykes).

Sidney J. Burgoyne appeared as The Padre in WPPAC's inaugural production of Man of La Mancha, and was the director of the theatre's highly acclaimed productions of Ragtime and Camelot.  Natalie Venetia Belcon is known to audiences for her roles in the Broadway production of Avenue Q (as the original Gary Coleman) and for her starring role in Lincoln Center's The Glorious Ones. 

Oliver! is directed by Luke Yankee, with Choreography by Melissa Rae Mahon and Sean McKnight, Musical Direction by Christopher D. Littlefield, Scenic Design by Michael Hotopp, Costume Design by T. Michael Hall, Lighting Design by Thom Weaver and Sound Design by Wallace Flores. Janet Friedman is Production Stage Manager. The show is produced by Jack W. Batman for the White Plains Performing Arts Center.

Oliver!, winner of three 1963 Tony Awards, has Music, Lyrics and Book by Lionel Bart and is based on "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens. This production of Oliver! is sponsored by Entergy.

Tickets are $60.00/$50.00. Season subscriptions and gift certificates are also available. Bank of America Broadway Classics series begins with Oliver! (November 20 – December 14, 2008), followed by A Little Night Music (March 5 – 22, 2009) and Hello, Dolly! (April 30 – May 17, 2009). 

White Plains Performing Arts Center is located on the third level of City Center at the corner of Main and Mamaroneck in downtown White Plains, NY, just 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan, and there is plenty of convenient parking. For tickets please call 914.328.1600 or buy them online at

White Plains Performing Arts Center brings innovative and eclectic entertainment and classic Broadway musicals to appreciative audiences who live throughout the county and beyond. It is Westchester's only professional regional theatre and is now in its second season. Under the direction of Executive Producer Jack W. Batman, the 410-seat, $6 million theatre also hosts local, national and international performing artists whose work reflects Westchester's diverse population. The 2008-2009 Season is sponsored by the City of White Plains, Bank of America, Entergy and other major corporations, government and private foundations and individual donors.

Photo credit: Genevieve Rafter Keddy


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