One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors.
Told entirely through song with the help of a main character, Narrator, the musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with the Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right hand man and reunites him with his family.
This magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, from a parody of French ballads (“Those Canaan Days”), to country-western (“One More Angel in Heaven”) and calypso (“Benjamin Calypso”), along with the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
Music by Lyrics by
Tim Rice Andrew Lloyd Webber
March 9, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25 at 7:30
March 11 & 18 at 2:00
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was first written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber at the request of a friend of Andrew’s father, Colet Court School choirmaster Alan Doggett, for the school’s 1968 end of term concert.
The children’s concert proved so successful that the piece, originally 15-minutes long, continued to expand until it became a full-length professional musical. The first amateur production in America was in May 1970 at the College of the Immaculate Conception in Douglastown, New York.
Professionally, Joseph premiered at Scotland’s Edinburgh Festival in 1972, and transferred to the West End’s Albery Theatre the following year. The Broadway opening, with the late Laurie Beechman as the first female to take the Narrator role, was in 1982 and garnered six Tony nominations, including Best Musical. The title role has been played by a succession of stars including Gary Bond, Donny Osmond, Patrick Cassidy and Jason Donovan.
It has been staged numerous times in the decades since; a new production recently toured the U.S., directed and choreographed by Hamilton Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler.
Narrator – female
Joseph (age 25-40)
Jacob, Joseph’s Father (age 40+)
Ensemble of Wives
Children’s Chorus: This will be made up of 16-20 young actors ages 10-14
Auditions will be held at 7:00pm on December 3 and 4 with callbacks on December 5, 2017 at the Cohasset Town Hall Theater, 41 Highland Avenue on Cohasset Common.
Please prepare 32 bars of a song from the musical theatre genre either from the show or in the style of the show. If your song is not from the show, please bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. If your audition piece is from the show, no sheet music is necessary as the score will be available at auditions.
Please bring a headshot or recent photo and a resume to auditions if you have them. Please also print out the audition form attached below, fill it out and bring it to auditions with you.
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