Hershey Area Playhouse Presents the Pop-Opera Edges

HERSHEY, Pa., March 2, 2015 – Hershey Area Playhouse, in conjunction with Musical Theatre International (MTI), presents a special two-night performance of the pop-opera, Edges, a contemporary song-cycle about young adults at the metaphorical edge of their lives, Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Edges  is not a traditional musical; it is an exciting show about four burgeoning adults at the edges of their lives, confronting emotions, escaping expectations, deciphering complicated relationships, and asking classic coming-of-age questions.

Written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul in their sophomore year at the University of Michigan, this contemporary song cycle is a charming, witty and honest examination of adulthood. The songs cover such universal themes as love, commitment, identity, and meaning.

Beyond its youthful appeal, the show is a compelling and emotive ride that gets audiences of all ages to reflect on their younger years – where mistakes defined who you became, love seemed to last forever, and reality hadn’t quite hit yet.  No matter your age or life experience, you will smile with recognition throughout.

Full of heart, humanity, and humor, Edges’ pop-culture references, themes of change and freakishly familiar situations are universal and something to which everyone can relate.  If you have ever aspired for something greater, have hated an ex, been afraid to grow up, been addicted to Facebook, or if you’ve been scared to say “I love you,” you are sure to love this show.

The show’s music and lyrics are by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, winners of the 2007 Jonathan Larson Award, and also known for Dogfight, A Christmas Story – The Musical (nominated for a 2013 Tony) and songs from Season 2 of Smash on NBC.   

This pop/rock opera, with live rock orchestration, stars Lindsay Bretz, Sean Deffley, Carly Lafferty, and Dustin C. LeBlanc. 

Performances will be held at the Playhouse, located at 830 Cherry Drive, Hershey. Tickets are $20 and are available by visiting or by calling the Playhouse's box office at 717-533-8525. Note: This show contains mature/adult themes and the use of some adult language, and may not be appropriate for children under 13.