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Plays-in-the-Park Announces Productions for the 2014 Season

May 21, 2014

Summer 2014 Season at The Stephen J. Capestro Amphitheater:

Sunset Boulevard  from June 18 -28
Shrek from July 9 -19    

Bye Bye Birdie  from July 20-Aug. 9
October 2014 Children’s Musical Indoors at Plays in the Park:
The Little Mermaid Jr.  on Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19 and 25
December 2014 at the State Theatre in New Brunswick:
20th Annual Production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  on Dec. 26, 27 and 28
Plays-in-the-Park, located in Roosevelt Park in Edison, is proud to announce its exciting upcoming summer season.
Opening this season on the Stephen J. Capestro Amphitheater stage will be the musical Sunset Boulevard, winner of seven Tony Awards. The show runs from June 18 to 28.  Based on the 1950s film noir classic of the same name, the show is a lush and sweeping tale of Hollywood’s darker side.  Following closely behind is the family-friendly musical Shrek, based on the 2001 DreamWorks film, with performances from July 9 to 19. Closing out the summer season will be the rock ‘n’ roll inspired classic, Bye Bye Birdie, from Aug. 7 to 17.

“This looks to be another stellar season for Plays-in-the-Park,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “I encourage everyone to attend these productions, not only to enjoy beautiful Roosevelt Park, but also to see and hear the remarkable contributions of so many talented actors, musicians, technicians and directors.”

All summer productions are staged at the Stephen J. Capestro Amphitheater, located at 1 Pine Drive, Edison, within Roosevelt Park.

Plays-in-the-Park represents a unique, collaborative partnership between community theatre and local government since 1963. PIP is sponsored by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Middlesex County Office of Parks and Recreation. Plays-in-the-Park is dedicated to producing shows that re-create or resemble, as closely as possible, the intent, stature and scope of the original Broadway productions.

“Plays-in-the-Park is a County institution,” said Freeholder Charles E. Tomaro, Chairman of the County’s  Infrastructure Management Committee. “Residents have looked forward to them for over 50 years, and many have grown up watching these shows.  Seeing the lawn chairs lined up outside the theater is always a sign that we are coming together as a community for a very special experience.  I wish the casts and the staff all the best for this new season.”

Tickets for the summer shows can only be purchased on the night of the performance. The Box Office is open from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on the evenings of all performances. Tickets cost $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (60+), and are free for children ages 12 and under.  All shows begin at 8:30 p.m., and there are no performances on Sundays. Patrons must provide their own seating, and the height of a chair-back cannot exceed 40 inches. Please refer to the PIP website at for more information about the Box Office and seating policies.

If a performance is cancelled due to bad weather, you may save your ticket stub and use it to attend any future summer performance at no additional charge. Ticket stubs are valid for exchange up to one year after the rained-out performance. There will be a special area set up where you can immediately exchange your ticket stub for a new ticket on the night you decide to revisit Plays-in-the-Park.
In October, the Stephen J. Capestro Amphitheater stage will transform into a black box theater for
Plays-in-the-Park’s annual children’s musical, The Little Mermaid Jr. Adapted from Disney Theatrical’s 2008 production, the familiar music and characters of this show will quickly transport you “Under the Sea.” Performances of The Little Mermaid Jr. are at 1 and 4 p.m. on Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19 and 25.

Tickets go on sale at the beginning of September, and can be purchased from the Production Office during regular hours. Tickets cost $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 12 and under.

Ending Plays-in-the-Park’s 2014 season will be the 20th annual production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, performed at the State Theatre in New Brunswick at 7 p.m. Dec. 26; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 27 and 2 p.m. Dec. 28. Tickets go on sale in mid-November, and can be purchased through the State Theatre Box Office by calling 732-246-7469. All seats are $7.

For more information about Plays-in-the-Park, please visit You can also like Plays-in-the-Park on Facebook at, or follow PIP on Twitter at @PlaysinthePark.
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