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Plays-In-the Park 'sSuperstar Earns 2015 Broadwayworld Award

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EDISON, NJ - Middlesex County’s Plays-in-the-Park 2015 season production of Jesus Christ Superstar was named the Best Production by a Local Theater (Non-Equity) by the BroadwayWorld New Jersey Awards.

The competitive 2015 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Regional Awards honored productions that opened between October 2014 and September 2015. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting ran through December 31 of last year.

“To be recognized alongside New Jersey theater greats like the Paper Mill Playhouse and the New Jersey Repertory Company is an honor for Plays-in-the-Park and all of Middlesex County,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “I look forward every year to seeing what the producers, directors, actors and technicians have in store for us. They always strive for excellence in each of their productions, and I witnessed this first hand at “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Oklahoma!” this past year. My fellow Freeholders and I are proud to see all their hard work and that effort recognized. Congratulations to everyone at PIP! ”

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“Plays-in-the-Park continues to be a special tradition in Middlesex County, and it’s wonderful to see their accomplishments recognized by the world of professional theater,” said Freeholder Charles E. Tomaro, chair of the Infrastructure Management Committee. “I know they will continue to give us quality productions for many years to come, and continue to enrich the lives of all our County’s residents and visitors.”

 

Jesus Christ Superstar tells the events of Jesus’ last days through the eyes of Judas Iscariot, and is one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most beloved musicals.

Plays-in-the-Park, produced by Gary P. Cohen, staged this revolutionary rock opera from June 29 through Aug. 8, 2015 at the Stephen J. Capestro Theater in the County’s Roosevelt Park in Edison.

 

It starred Matt DeMarco as Jesus Christ and Timothy Walton as Judas Iscariot. Dana Simone played the conflicted Mary Magdalene and Matt Burns played Pontius Pilate. Others featured in the cast included Gregory Newton as Caiaphas, Frank Andrews as Annas, and Richard Colona as King Herod. The cast of 29 was directed by John Menter, choreographed by Samantha Hahn, and musically directed by Mark Baron. 

For a full list of winners and more information about the 2015 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Regional Awards, please visit:  http://www.broadwayworld.com/new-jersey/article/2015-BroadwayWorld-New-Jersey-Awards-Winners-Announced-Laura-Osnes-Kelly-Briggs-David-Van-Pelt-and-More-20160113.

Plays-in-the-Park has represented 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 re-create the quality and intent of the original Broadway productions of these shows.

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