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Middlesex County Freeholders Invite You to Plays-in-the-Park’s “West Side Story”


Middlesex County’s Plays-in-the-Park is proud to present the second musical of its 2017 season, “West Side Story.”

This romantic drama updates “Romeo and Juliet” to 1950s New York City, where young lovers are threatened by prejudice and gang violence. The timeless story, the music of Leonard Bernstein and the lyrics of Stephen Sondheim have combined to make “West Side Story” one of the all-time classics of American musical theater.

The show runs from July 12-22 (no show Sunday.) All performances begin at 8 p.m. and are staged at the Stephen J. Capestro Amphitheater inside Middlesex County’s Roosevelt Park in Edison.

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PIP is sponsored by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Middlesex County Office of Parks and Recreation.

“‘West Side Story’s’ universal themes and stirring score make it an ideal choice for Plays-in-the-Park,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “I know the cast, the musicians, and the production crew will do an outstanding job of bringing this powerful story to life. Break a leg, everyone!”

Freeholder Charles Kenny, Chair of the Infrastructure Management Committee, said: ‘“West Side Story’ has been a favorite for generations of theatergoers. I know that many people will be excited to see this new production and to share it with their families.”

Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for seniors (60+). Children 12 and under are admitted for free.

Tickets 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.

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 their immediate families for 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 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 canceled 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.

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 special needs may be met.

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

  •          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)

Plays-in-the-Park represents a unique collaboration between community theater and local government since 1963.

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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