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Mamma Mia! at Plays-in-the-Park

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Plays-in-the-Park continues its summer 2018 season with the ABBA musical, “Mamma Mia!” The show opens on July 11 and plays through July 21 (No show Sunday, July 15.)

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 Moggie Davis, with choreography by Christy Rak and musical direction by Warren Helms.

“Mamma Mia!” uses the classic 70s sound of ABBA to tell a story of family, fun, romance and mistaken identity. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the Greek island they visited 20 years ago.

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“The story and songs of ‘Mamma Mia!’ have enjoyed worldwide popularity, and we’re all excited to see them debut at Plays-in-the-Park,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “This feel-good musical is great summer entertainment, and a great opportunity to experience a Middlesex County tradition. Break a leg, everyone!”

“Whether onstage or onscreen, ‘Mamma Mia!’ has always been a show that audiences love. I hope many people will visit Roosevelt Park to watch it come to life,” said Freeholder Charles Kenny, Chair of the Infrastructure Management Committee.

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. 

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

Please go to the County website at www.middlesexcountynj.gov 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, Open Captioning and Sign Language Interpretation at the following performances:

Audio Description & Sensory Seminar - Friday, July 13 (Rain Date: Saturday, July 14)

Open Captioning - Monday, July 16 (Rain Date: Tuesday, July 17)

Sign Language Interpretation - Wednesday, July 18 (Rain Date: Thursday, July 19)

“Mamma Mia!” stars Wanda Toro Turini as Donna Sheridan, mother of bride-to-be Sophie, played by Shannen Doyle. Armando Picone, Joe Riley, and Joe Zedeny play Sophie’s three possible fathers. Also joining the cast are Cindy Chait, Katie Riley, Kale Thompson, Samantha Cantaffa, Alexa Karp, Blaze Dalio, Jordan Rubio and Stephen D. Belfatti. 

Throughout the season, PIP 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.

“Mamma Mia!” will be followed onstage by “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, running Aug. 1-11 at the Stephen J. Capestro Theater.

To end the summer season, bring your lawn chair and join Plays-in-the-Park for the 13th Annual Labor Day Weekend Concert, featuring The New York Bee Gees and Eaglemania. Gates open at 3 p.m.; show is at 4 p.m. Admission is free.

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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