Plays-In-The-Park Presents The Second Show Of The 50th Anniversary Season

EDISON — Plays-in-the-Park, located in Roosevelt Park in Edison, will produce “Damn Yankees” as the second show of the Summer 2012 season under the stars. “Damn Yankees” will open on July 11, and will run through July 21, with no show on Sunday, July 15. Go see “Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, MO” take the Washington Senators baseball team by storm.

“This is one of the most fun and enjoyable musicals produced for the stage,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Stephen J. “Pete” Dalina, Chair of the Infrastructure Management Committee, which oversees the Office of Parks and Recreation. “I encourage families to come out to experience for themselves a show that has been delighting audiences for decades.”

Plays-in-the-Park is a production of the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

This musical comedy was written by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop, with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. It was based on the Faust legend set in Washington D.C. in the 1950s, during which time the New York Yankees were the untouchable team in Major League Baseball. It tells the story of a diehard Washington Senators fan, Joe Boyd, and how he sells his soul to the devil, disguised as a character named Mr. Applegate, for the chance to go back in time and play on the Senators’ team to help them try to beat the Yankees.

The original Broadway production opened on May 5, 1955 at the 46th Street Theatre. Directed by George Abbott, with musical numbers staged by the legendary Bob Fosse, and with a stellar cast including Ray Waltson, Stephen Douglass, and Gwen Verdon, this show took Broadway by storm. At the Tony Awards in 1956, Damn Yankees won Best Musical, Best Choreography, Best Conductor and Musical Director, Best Leading Actor, Best Leading Actress, and Best Featured Actor in a Musical. The production at Plays-in-the-Park is directed by Gina Lupi, choreographed by Randy Accardi, and musically directed by Warren Helms. The cast is full of “Heart,” and with “A Little Brains, A Little Talent,” they’ll make the show one you won’t forget!

“What a perfect musical to stage during the height of baseball season,” said Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano. “Fans of America’s favorite pastime will surely be able to relate to the feelings and themes explored in this timeless production.”

Tickets can only be purchased the night of the performance and the Box Office opens at 5:30 p.m. each night. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and free for children 12 and under. Patrons must provide their own lawn chairs, and the height of the chair-back cannot exceed 40”. All shows begin at 8:30 p.m., and there are no Sunday performances. Visit for more info about the box office or seating policy.

In the event of a cancellation due to weather, you can retain your ticket stub and use it to get into another show for free. Ticket stubs are valid for up to one year after the rained-out performance. When you return, just show your stub to the Box Office, and they will exchange your ticket for you.

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