Fran and Barry Weissler are renowned Broadway producers and have brought many theatrical shows to the stage. Their 8900 square-foot mansion, located in Waccabuc, New York, is currently on the market at the price of 13.2 million US dollars.
The Tony Award-winning producers are best known for bringing musicals such as Waitress, Chicago, Pippin, Annie Get Your Gun, La Cage aux Folles, Finding Neverland, and many more to the stage. Chicago is their most successful musical and is currently the second-longest running show in Broadway history, after The Phantom of the Opera. As of 2014, the two had earned 28 Tony Awards and Drama Desk nominations and won seven Tony Awards and four Drama Desk Awards. The pair received the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production for their production of Chicago. In 2010, Fran and Barry were given a lifetime achievement award by the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
The property was built in 1950 and acquired by the Weisslers in 1999 for $3.65 million. The estate is located at 35 Schoolhouse Road, Waccabuc, New York, and is just about an hour from midtown Manhattan.
The palatial mansion sits on 18.4 acres of French-inspired and landscaped beautiful gardens and offers both an exquisite full indoor and outdoor living experience. The villa boasts of a sculpture garden, a tennis court, an in-ground pool with cabana rooms, a wine cellar, five wood-burning fireplaces, a custom-built amphitheater, and a wooded walking path.
The sculpture garden includes a Hanneke Beaumont bronze sculpture. The amphitheater was designed by artist Beverly Pepper and has hosted performances by James Earl Jones, Christopher Plummer, the New York Philharmonic, Tommy Tune, Marvin Hamlisch, and many others.
The 8900 square foot, eight bedroomed home comprises a four-bedroom main house and a four-bedroom guest house. Each house utilizes two floors. Both mansions incorporate French designs with their multiple chimneys, French doors, and rooflines and boast of country-inspired interiors, with their high cathedral ceilings and dark hardwood floors.
The rooms are large, with the formal living and dining room and the kitchen incorporating fireplaces and doors that open to the outdoors, offering views of different parts of the landscape. The living room contains green striped wallpaper, and the kitchen is fully equipped with modern appliances and includes light green cabinetry and a center island.
Matching suspended curved staircases with wrought-iron balustrade offers access to the second-floor bedroom space. There are two primary bedrooms at either end of the second floor – one with his-and-her bathrooms and two additional bedrooms in between. The bedrooms are large with high ceilings, and they all open to a large enclosed porch that offers scenic views over the landscape. The home has a total of seven full bathrooms and two half bathrooms.
Other than the appeal that Broadway royalty has lived and performed here, I love the breathtaking view of the landscape, the sculptured gardens, and the amphitheater.
The estate’s listing agents are Melissa Colabela and Anthony Lando of William Pitt-Julia B. Fee, of Sotheby’s International Realty, New York.
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