New Jersey Stage

Thursday, October 28, 2010


(CINNAMINSON, NJ) -- Burlington County Footlighters continues its 73rd season with author and journalist Mitch Albom's comic play And the Winner Is…, November 5 – 20, 2010. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm; and Sundays at 2 pm at The Playhouse, 808 Pomona Road in Cinnaminson, NJ. Albom, a New Jersey native noted for his books "Tuesdays with Morrie," "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" and more, has also written for the theatre.

And the Winner Is... debuted in 2005 and tells the comic story of Tyler Johnes, a self-obsessed movie star who is finally nominated for an Oscar after many years in the business. Then he dies the night before the awards ceremony. Outraged at his bad luck and determined to know if he wins (even though he's dead), he bargains with a heavenly gatekeeper to return to Earth for the big night. Along the way, he drags his agent, his acting rival, his bombshell girlfriend and his ex-wife into a journey that is a wildly twisting tale of Hollywood, the afterlife and how we are judged.

Director Jennifer Staffenberg of Cherry Hill, along with assistant director Brian Peeke of Medford, leads a cast that includes Roman Lupan of Marlton as Tyler with Dan Brothers of Maple Shade as Seamus, Jason Cutts of Riverton as Kyle, Valerie Mazzagatti of Maple Shade as Sherri, Siobhan O'Brien of Mount Laurel as Serenity and Tim Sagges of Oaklyn as Teddy.

Tickets are $15. For reservations or additional information, call 856-829-7144 or visit

Funding has been made possible in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, from a grant to the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Department of Resource Conservation, Division of Cultural Affairs & Tourism.