PLAYS-IN-THE-PARK
Press Release


PLAYS-IN-THE-PARK PRESENTS
SUNSET BOULEVARD

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Book and Lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton

At the Stephen J. Capestro Amphitheater, in Roosevelt Park, Edison, NJ
June 18 through June 28 2014

Edison, NJ, June 4, 2014: Plays-in- the-Park is pleased to present the Tony Award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard as the first production of its 2014 Season.  Performances will run from June 18 through June 28, with no show on Sunday, June 22. 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, N.J. 

Sunset Boulevard is a lush and sweeping tale of Hollywood’s darker side. Based on Billy Wilder’s 1950 film noir classic of the same name, the story follows struggling screenwriter, Joe Gillis.  Romance and tragedy ensue when he accidentally finds himself at the mansion of Norma Desmond, a once-great star of the silent film era. As both chase success, neither of them can manage to get everything they desire. “With One Look,” this 7-time Tony Award winning musical is sure to blow you away.

Julie Stiel of West Orange, N.J. will be featured in the role of Norma Desmond. Also featured in the production is Billy Piscopo as Joe Gillis, Scott Daniels as Max, Emma McGahan as Betty Schaefer, Bob Nutter as C.B. DeMille,  Kirk Geritano as Artie,  Abe Vorensky as Sheldrake and Jeffrey O’Neil as Manfred. The cast consists of 21 actors from all over New Jersey and New York.

“This looks to be another stellar season for Plays-in-the-Park,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “I encourage everyone to attend this production, 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.”

“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.  I wish the casts and the staff all the best for this production and this new season.”

Tickets for Sunset Boulevard 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. 

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, June 20) an Open Captioned performance (Monday, June 23), and also a performance with Sign Language Interpretation (Wednesday, June 25).

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.

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

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