Plays-in-the-Park returns to Middlesex County this summer
Plays in-the-Park and Music-in-the-Park returns this summer to Middlesex County.
Performances will be at both the Plays-in-the-Park stage in Edison and the Raritan Bay Waterfront Park in South Amboy throughout July and August.
“We are thrilled that COVID-19 crowd restrictions for large outdoor gatherings have lifted, allowing us to resume Plays-in-the-Park and Music-in-the-Park for our residents to enjoy after postponing last year’s summer series," Ronald G. Rios, director of the Board of County Commissioners, said in a release.
"The excitement of live performances is finally back and what better way to spend time this summer with family and friends than in our pristine county parks and outdoor spaces," he continued in the release.
All events will be performed outside. Rain dates are based on the availability of the bands, so visit middlesexcountynj.gov/About/ParksRecreation/Pages/default.aspx for any canceled or rescheduled events.
The Raritan Bay Waterfront Park will be starting its performances on July 7. All performances start at 6:30 p.m.
The first performance will have Danny V’s 52nd Street Band doing a tribute show to Billy Joel. Other performances will feature Motown, classic rock, New Orleans and Irish music. There are also two tribute concerts — one for Simon and Garfunkel and one for Creedance Clearwater Revival.
There are three theater productions that will be performed at the Stephen J. Capestro Theater in Edison. The space opens at 5:30 p.m. and all shows are free and all attendees are required to bring a lawn chair. All performances will start at 8 p.m.
America the Beautiful, a collection of American songs that dedicated to the armed forces, will be performed on July 2.
Rock Roll & Soul, is a collection of rock n' roll music and a little bit of soul, will be performed on July 23.
Showtune, coming Aug. 13-15, is the only musical that will be performed this season. The collection of musical songs was written by Jerry Herman and strung together to create a musical that is all about love.
The music performances also at Stephen J. Capestro Theater will start on July 8 with the Kraus Memorial Band.
It will be followed by Into the Woods Woodwind Trio on July 18. The trio will be playing a selection of music from classical, Broadway, pop and jazz genres.
August will have four performances that include jazz nights, American and Argentinian music.
As has been done in past seasons, attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to the performances that will be donated to residents in need.
“From a wide variety of genre-defining music from established and emerging artists to Broadway-caliber shows, join us this season for a variety of live entertainment that will appeal to the whole family,” said County Commissioner Charles E. Tomaro, chair of Infrastructure Management Committee, in the release.
“And as we continue to help those in need that have been impacted negatively by the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage everyone attending these events to bring a non-perishable food item as a donation for the Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services (MCFOODS)," he continued in the release.
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