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Tony Award-winning producers selling Westchester estate for $13.2M


Fran Weissler often called it the house “Chicago” built.

The “house” is a nearly 20-acre estate in northern Westchester.

Weissler and husband Barry are the Tony Award-winning producers who brought the  revival of “Chicago” to the Broadway stage in 1996. The show, which spawned numerous road tours, has become the longest running show in Broadway history after “The Phantom of the Opera.”

The couple also produced a revival of “Pippin,” “Waitress,” and “Finding Neverland” among many other productions.

When they needed a respite from the city, they came to Westchester.

“They absolutely loved the experience and the time spent and the tranquility here,” said Anthony Lando, a real estate agent with Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty.  “You come out of the city and you just exhale.”

The Weisslers have put their Waccabuc property on the market for $13.2 million. It is listed with Lando and Melissa Colabella, also of Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty.

The property includes a four-bedroom modern country-style main house, an attached  four-bedroom guest house and 18.4 acres of carefully thought out grounds that include formal French gardens, a pool, cabana, reflecting pond and tennis courts.

The Weisslers have put their Waccabuc property on the market for $13.2 million. It is listed with Lando and Melissa Colabella, also of Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty.

The property includes a four-bedroom modern country-style main house, an attached  four-bedroom guest house and 18.4 acres of carefully thought out grounds that include formal French gardens, a pool, cabana, reflecting pond and tennis courts.

This Waccabuc estate was a retreat for Tony Award-winning Broadway producers, Fran and Barry Weissler. The couple brought revivals of “Chicago,” “Pippin,” and other major hits including "Waitress" to the stage.

Another highlight of the grounds is a land sculpture by artist Beverly Pepper that serves as an amphitheater.

Over the years, according to Lando, the Weisslers hosted private performances by Christopher Plummer, the New York Philharmonic, James Earl Jones, Tommy Tune, Marvin Hamlisch and more in the amphitheater.

This land sculpture by artist Beverly Pepper is also an amphitheater on the grounds of an estate owned by Fran and Barry Weissler. The Weisslers have hosted performances by Christopher Plummer, the New York Philharmonic, and James Earl Jones.

 “I have never seen anything like the amphitheater,” Lando said. “When you are there, it is such a breath of fresh air. Away from those massive Broadway performances, it is so simple. You just appreciate the art.”

Lando said some of the larger pieces of outdoor art will stay as part of a sale.

Home with Broadway flair

The home is equally well thought out, with generous rooms, each offering views to a different part of the landscape. Matching staircases offer access to both ends of the second floor bedroom space with two generous masters at either end (one with his-and-her bathrooms) and two additional bedrooms in between. All have access to a second floor deck and most of the first floor rooms have French doors that lead to outdoor patios.

This Waccabuc estate was a retreat for Tony Award-winning Broadway producers Fran and Barry Weissler. The couple brought a revival of “Chicago,” and "Pippin," as well as "Waitress“ and “Finding Neverland” to the stage.

Tiled floors, cathedral ceilings and rough-hewn beams throughout add to the rustic country aesthetic and lend a dramatic feel.

At the rear is an expansive screened porch with views to the pool, itself completely enclosed in a precisely trimmed hedges.

“This is a property for entertaining,” Lando said. “The house is ideally positioned on the property. It is a modern country aesthetic in the way it’s laid out. But you add in the sculpture, the amphitheater and the grounds, and you can really spend time there — days and days — enjoying the outside and the inside.”

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