Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Book by Michael Stewart
At the Stephen J. Capestro Amphitheater, in Roosevelt Park, Edison, NJ
July 30 through August 9 2014
Plays-in- the-Park is pleased to present the classic Tony Award winning musical Bye Bye Birdie as the final production of its 2014 Summer Season. Performances will run from July 30 through Aug. 9 with no performance on Sunday, Aug. 3. All shows begin at 8:30 p.m. and are staged at the Stephen J. Capestro Amphitheater at 1 Pine Drive in Roosevelt Park, Edison, NJ.
In this family-friendly classic inspired by Elvis Presley, 1959 small town Ohio is up for a big surprise. The MacAffe family and the residents of Sweet Apple, Ohio, go topsy-turvy when teen idol Conrad Birdie comes to town to serenade one lucky fan before he enters the Army. Jealousy and hilarity ensue with fun and memorable songs such as “Put on a Happy Face,” “Kids,” and “Honestly Sincere.”
Kimberly Diane of Piscataway will be featured in the production as Rose Alvarez. Also featured in the production is Joe Riley as Albert Peterson, Vicki Tripodo as Mae Peterson, Natalie Romeo as Kim MacAffe, Izzy Figueroa as Conrad Birdie, and Evan Krug as Hugo Peabody. The cast of 35 actors hail from all over New Jersey.
“Each year, Plays-in the-Park puts on a great mix of contemporary shows, classics, and family-friendly fare,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Bye Bye Birdie is one that County residents will not want to miss.”
Freeholder Charles E. Tomaro, Chairman of the County’s Infrastructure Management Committee, states, “I am sure many families will make seeing Bye Bye Birdie a priority. It has timeless songs, and it’s a fun, affordable group outing that's good for all ages.”
Tickets for Bye Bye Birdie can only be purchased on the night of the performance. The Box Office is open from 5:30 p.m. 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.
Patrons must provide their own seating, and the height of a chair-back cannot exceed 40 inches. Please refer to the PIP website at www.playsinthepark.com
for more information about the Box Office and seating policies.
If a performance is cancelled due to bad weather, patrons may save their 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.
Plays-in-the-Park is dedicated to providing theatre to all peoples. Patrons requiring assistance due to a disability are encouraged to contact Jackie Neill, Recreation Supervisor, at 732-745-3936, prior to attending a performance so that any special needs may be met. PIP offers an Audio Description performance (Friday, Aug. 1) an Open Captioned performance (Monday, Aug. 4), and also a performance with Sign Language Interpretation (Wednesday, Aug. 6).
Plays-in-the-Park represents a unique, collaborative partnership between community theater 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.