Broadway producers behind ‘Chicago’ list their showstopping Westchester estate for $13.2M

Broadway producers behind ‘Chicago’ list their showstopping Westchester estate for $13.2M

November 30, 2020

All photos courtesy of Anthony Acocella

Broadway producers Fran and Barry Weissler, known for their work on “Chicago,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” Pippin,” and other shows, are selling their impressive country estate in Westchester for $13.2 million. Described by the Tony Award winners as the house that “‘Chicago’ built,” 35 Schoolhouse Road in Waccabuc sits on over 18 acres and contains a four-bedroom main residence, a four-bedroom guest house, a sculpture garden, and a custom-built amphitheater.

The home on the artfully-designed 18.4-acre property was built in 1950. The living area, consisting of two residences, measures about 8,900 square feet. The Weissler’s bought the property in 1999, thanks to the success of “Chicago,” now the second-longest running show in Broadway history after “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Inside, the home boasts country-style interiors, with dark hardwood floors and beamed cathedral ceilings. The expansive eat-in kitchen features modern appliances, a fireplace, and light green cabinetry and center island. A sitting room with green striped wallpaper is next to the kitchen and has French doors that lead to outdoor space.

On this level, there’s also a formal living room and dining room, with access to an enclosed porch with lots of seating and views of the landscape. Despite its large size, the wood-burning fireplaces, beamed ceilings, and built-ins make the space warm and inviting.

Across the two residences, there are eight bedrooms and seven and a half baths. Most of the bedrooms have direct access to the lush outdoor space.

The home’s French-inspired gardens are what make this property truly special. The amphitheater, designed by artist Beverly Pepper, is set into the hills, with granite panels serving as the backdrop for performances and rows of concrete seats. According to the listing, the amphitheater has hosted performances by Christopher Plummer, the New York Philharmonic, James Earl Jones, Tommy Tune, Marvin Hamlisch, and others.

In addition to the performance space, the outdoor space includes two water features, a sculpture garden with work by Hanneke Beaumont, an in-ground pool with cabana, tennis courts, and a wooden walking path. Listing agents even describe the estate as being like a private Storm King.

[Listing details: 35 Schoolhouse Road by Melissa Colabella and Anthony Lando for William Pitt Julia B. Fee-Sotheby’s International Realty]


All photos courtesy of Anthony Acocella

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