EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick's Playhouse 22 is starting the summer off right with its inaugural play Footloose beginning next week in the Summer Under the Stars theater, but there's a lot ahead for the renowned theater in Central New Jersey, too.
Playhouse 22 will offer a crowd-pleasing season next year, following the popular and well-produced plays and musicals onstage this year.
First in line is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, made famous by the award-winning adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel as the Best Picture of 1991 and featuring riveting performances by Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher, is set in a mental institution where at least one person does not belong.
Next up is the classical musical Bye Bye Birdie in which 1950's teens go ga-ga over an Elvis type and his appearance on local TV and The Ed Sullivan Show.
The popular holiday musical play A Christmas Carol, based on the novel by Charles Dickens, is a Playhouse 22 standard that's sure to please.
Another shot of Victoriana is The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the final novel by Charles Dickens., originally published in 1870. Though the novel is named after the character Edwin Drood, it focuses more on Drood's uncle, John Jasper, a precentor, choirmaster and opium addict, who is in love with his pupil, Rosa Bud.
Scrooge and his three night visitors and Jasper's imaginings are followed by another odd guest - the giant rabbit Harvey, a poltergeist who comes to visit his friend Elwood P. Dowd, a beloved local lush. The classic film starred James Stewart as the lovable Elwood.
The season ends with the beautiful music and pageantry of Camelot, the triangle-love story of Arthur, Guenevere, and Lancelot caught in a round-table of moral decisions.
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