A sure home run: Central Jersey’s newest performing arts venue and a new musical about baseball and friendship

George Street Playhouse Artistic Director David Saint wanted to launch the company’s new season in its new home with a big show that would “appeal to the head and to the heart.” Steve Kruger’s new musical “Last Days of Summer,” at New Brunswick Performing Arts Center through Nov. 10, perfectly fit the bill.

“Audiences want to see shows with characters they care about and can invest in,” Saint said. “This show has a real emotional center and some important things to say about compassion, fatherhood, mentorship and love. It’s set in the 1940s during World War II, but it has a lot of resonance today.”

He also wanted to showcase the recently-opened NBPAC. The $172 million, 23-story structure has two theaters, five rehearsal studios, plush seats and more of them, ample bathrooms, central air and heat, and “wings and traps and an orchestra pit and all the newest sound equipment and lighting equipment,” Saint said.

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