Reviving a less successful 1970’s Broadway production to bring hit shows like Waitress the Musical, Pippin and Finding Neverland to the stage, renowned producers Barry and Fran Weissler have come a long way. This successful couple owns a lavish property in New York. This mansion with much grandeur is up for sale at $13.2 million.
Built in the year 1950, this 18-acre mansion is located in midtown Manhattan, at 35 schoolhouse road. This breath-taking property is designed in a style similar to that of a French chateau; with multiple chimneys and a roofline. It has a lot to offer with sculptures, entertainment area and of course plenty of hiking possibilities in the nearby nature preserves. Theatre producer and owner of this house, Fran Weissler said, “it’s the house that Chicago built”. With the success of the musical show Chicago, The Weissler’s bought this property in 1999. The show became a huge hit at that time. Now it is the second-longest-running American musical in the history of Broadway.
This massive villa has a total of eight bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, two half baths and a living space of 8900 square feet. Out of the eight bedrooms, four are in the main house, and the other four are in the guest house. This beautiful house also has a custom-built amphitheatre, where well-known artists like Christopher Plummer, Tommy Tunes, Marvin Hamlisch, James Earl Jones and the New York Philharmonic gave private performances.
Stepping inside this luxurious house, with the beamed cathedral ceilings and dark hardwood floors, one will definitely get a country-style feel. The kitchen has a huge wood-burning fireplace, light green coloured cabinets, centre island and modern appliances. Adjacent to the kitchen is a sitting room with a unique green striped wallpaper and french doors open to outside. On this floor, the massive rooms have dining and formal living areas. The spacious bedrooms have beamed ceilings, and a large enclosed porch with beautiful views of the landscape makes this space inviting.
The property consists of seating and dining spaces, including a big enclosed porch. Within this mansion, there is an in-ground pool with cabana rooms and tennis court. There is a gallery hall located on the second floor. The stairs leading to the second floor in this mansion are designed in a suspended curving style with a wrought-iron bannister.
One cannot miss the stunning two art sculptures in this property; one is an art sculpture by Beverly Pepper, and the other is a bronze sculpture by Hanneke Beaumont. Not just these sculptures, but the outside space also has two water bodies.
Barry and Fran Weissler met during a touring theatrical production in New Jersey in the year 1964. The duo started a theatrical group, The National Theatre Company. This company worked with professional artists and brought their performances to college, high school and adult audiences. After several years of touring, this talented pair introduced Othello and Medea to Broadway in 1982. For these two plays, the Weissler’s received two Tony Awards. Later, they won seven Tony and four Drama Desk awards. For their famous musical show, Chicago, the couple were bestowed with the Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production. In 2010, they were honoured with the lifetime achievement award by the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
-- Akhila with inputs from www.toptenrealestatedeals.com