Plays-In-The-Park Presents “Xanadu” Beginning Aug. 7

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EDISON — Plays-in- the-Park will present the fun-loving, musical comedy Xanadu as the third and last production of its 2013 Summer Season. Performances will run from Aug. 7-17, with no show on Sunday, Aug. 11. All shows begin at 8:30 p.m. and are staged at the Stephen J. Capestro Amphitheater at 1 Pine Drive in Roosevelt Park, Edison.

Xanadu is based on the 1980 cult classic film starring Olivia Newton-John, Michael Beck and Gene Kelly. The story focuses on Greek muse, Clio, who descends to Earth to help inspire the struggling artist, Sonny Malone, to build a roller disco. Disguised as a human named Kira, Clio falls in love with mortal Sonny, and must face the wrath of her jealous sisters. The staged production of Xanadu includes roller skating, hit songs from the movie, and also pokes a bit of fun at the original film.

The original Broadway musical opened in 2007, and starred Kerry Butler as Clio/Kira and Cheyenne Jackson as Sonny. The production was nominated for four Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards, and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical.

Featured in this production is Kara Krichman as Clio/Kira, Brian Hall as Sonny Malone, Matt Burns as Danny Maguire, Judi Laganga as Melpomene, Vicki Tripodo as Calliope, Phil Solomon as Terpsicore, Nicholas Williams as Thalia, Allyson Hern as Euterpe, Mariah Dalton as Erato, and Evan Krug and Rebecca Phillips as “Song” and “Dance.”

Tickets for Xanadu can only be purchased on the night of the performance. The Box Office is open from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on the evenings of all performances. Tickets cost $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (60+), and are free for children ages 12 and under.
Patrons must provide their own seating, and the height of a chair-back cannot exceed 40”. Refer to www.playsinthepark.com for more information about the Box Office and seating policies.

If a performance is cancelled due to bad weather, patrons may save their ticket stubs for use at any future summer performance at no additional charge. Ticket stubs are valid for exchange up to one year after the rained-out performance.

Plays-in-the-Park is dedicated to providing theater to all people. 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 that any special needs may be met. PIP offers an Audio Description performance on Friday, Aug. 9, an Open Captioned performance on Monday, Aug. 12, and also a performance with Sign Language Interpretation on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Plays-in-the-Park represents a unique, collaborative partnership 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.


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