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"Legally Blonde," "West Side Story," and Mary Poppins" Onstage at Plays-in-the-Park This Summer

Get your blonde on this summer at Plays-in-the-Park in Edison. Credits:

Plays-in-the-Park is proud to announce its exciting upcoming summer season of musicals. All shows begin at 8 p.m. and are staged at the Stephen J. Capestro Amphitheater inside Middlesex County’s Roosevelt Park in Edison, NJ.

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.

The first show of the season is the comedy “Legally Blonde,” based on the popular 2001 film. The show runs from June 21 to July 1 (no show Sunday). It tells the story of a sorority queen who gets a new outlook on life and love when she enrolls in Harvard Law School.

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Next up is the classic “West Side Story,” an update of “Romeo and Juliet” set in 1950s New York City, where the young lovers contend with prejudice and gang violence. The show runs from July 12 to 22 (no show Sunday).

Rounding out the season is the family favorite “Mary Poppins,” running from Aug. 2 to 12 (no show Sunday). The musical, based on the beloved Disney film and the timeless stories of P.L. Travers, is about a nanny who brings a troubled family together using her own special brand of magic.

Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios said: “Our residents and their families have made Plays-in-the-Park a beloved County tradition for over 50 years. This season has some very impressive shows in store, so be sure to plan ahead, bring your lawn chairs and get ready to enjoy theater under the stars.”

Freeholder Charles Kenny, chairman of the Infrastructure Management Committee, said: “This season of Plays-in-the-Park is one that everyone can enjoy, from those who attend the shows each summer to kids who are experiencing live theater for the first time. I know that the actors and production team will make this another year to remember.”

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. 

Complementary 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.  

Audience members must provide their own seating. All chair backs must not exceed40 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 canceled performance.

There will be audio description, Sign Language Interpretation and Open Captioning at selected performances:

“Legally Blonde”

·         Audio Description: Friday, June 23 (Rain Date Saturday, June 24)

·         Open Captioning: Monday, June 26 (Rain Date Tuesday, June 27)

·         Sign Language Interpretation: Wednesday, June 28 (Rain Date Thursday, June 29)


“West Side Story”

·         Audio Description: Friday, July 14 (Rain Date Saturday, July 15)

·         Open Captioning: Monday, July 17 (Rain Date Tuesday, July 18)

·         Sign Language Interpretation: Wednesday, July 19 (Rain Date Thursday, July 20)


“Mary Poppins”

·         Audio Description: Friday, Aug. 4 (Rain Date Saturday, Aug. 5)

·         Open Captioning: Monday, Aug. 7 (Rain Date Tuesday, Aug. 8)

·         Sign Language Interpretation: Wednesday, August 9 (Rain Date Thursday, Aug. 10)


Plays-in-the-Park is dedicated to providing theater to everyone. 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.

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