Arts & Entertainment

Freeholders Invite You to Plays-in-the-Park’s “Fiddler on the Roof”


EDISON, NJ - Plays-in-the-Park opens its summer 2018 season with one of Broadways’ most endearing musicals – “Fiddler on the Roof.” Filled with a powerful and heartwarming score by Sheldon Harnick, including "Tradition;" "Matchmaker, Matchmaker;" "If I Were a Rich Man," and "Sunrise, Sunset,” “Fiddler on the Roof” is a timeless classic.

The show runs June 20 - 30 (no show Sunday, June 24). All performances begin at 8 p.m. and are staged at the Stephen J. Capestro Amphitheater located in Middlesex County’s Roosevelt Park in Edison. The play will be directed by Gary P. Cohen, with choreography by Michelle Massa and musical direction by Matt Hosmer.

“No other musical has so magically woven music, dance, poignancy and laughter into such an electrifying and unforgettable experience,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Whether this is your first time or your fiftieth, “Fiddler” is a story that stays with you forever.”

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“‘Fiddler on the Roof’ looks to be an impressive start to this year’s season of Plays-in-the-Park,” said Freeholder Charles Kenny, chairman of the Infrastructure Management Committee. “I know the cast, crew and staff will make this a show to remember for all our residents. Break a leg!”

Tickets for shows can be purchased only on the nights of performances. The box office opens at 5:30 p.m. on show nights and closes at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for seniors (60+). Children 12 and under are admitted for free.

The Middlesex County Freeholders are proud to offer complimentary admission to the summer musicals to active U.S. Military Service members and their immediate families.

Proper ID is required when picking up tickets.

Complimentary tickets also are available for veterans and a guest on the Monday and Tuesday performances of each show. Please call the Parks Office for more information.

Throughout the season we will be collecting donations for the Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services (MCFOODS). If you would like to help, please bring a non-perishable food item with you to the show.

Audience members must provide their own seating. All chair backs must not exceed 40 inches high.

Please go to the County website at and search Plays-in-the-Park for more information about the box office and seating.

If a performance is cancelled due to inclement weather, you may save your ticket and use it to attend any other PIP performance at no additional charge. Ticket stubs are valid up to one year after the cancelled performance.

There will be Audio Description, Sign Language Interpretation and Open Captioning at the following performances:

Audio Description – Friday, June 22 (Rain Date: Saturday, June 23)
Open Captioning – Monday, June 25 (Rain Date: Tuesday, June 26)
Sign Language Interpretation – Wednesday, June 27 (Rain Date: Thursday, June 28)

PIP’s “Fiddler on the Roof” stars Paul Whelihan reprising his role as the poor milkman, Tevye, which he played at Plays-in-the-Park in 1996. In addition, Hannah Schroeder will appear as Tevye’s wife, Golde. Kelliann DeCarlo, Emma McGahan, and Emma Schwartz will appear as Tevye’s three daughters Tzeitel, Hodel, and Chava, with their suitors Motel, Perchik, and Fyedka played by Justin Brown, Matt Maiolo, and James Lynch. Also joining the cast is David Hampson as Lazar, the butcher, and Lorraine DeMann as Yente, the matchmaker.

“Fiddler on the Roof” is followed by the ultimate feel-good jukebox ABBA musical, “Mamma Mia!” (July 11- 21) and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” a family musical that brings together the entire Peanuts gang and showcases some important lessons on the meaning of love, life and friendship (August 1-11).

Plays-in-the-Park represents a unique collaboration 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’s mission is to recreate the quality and intent of the original Broadway productions of these shows.

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