is a classic musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It’s been brought back to Michael J Fox Theatre from November 3 – 18 by Align Entertainment Inc.. The story, set in ancient Egypt, is based on the rags to riches journey of Joseph, his eleven brothers, and his “coat of many colors” from the Bible.
The show features a full orchestra, sets, costumes and stars: Stuart Barkley (The Drowsy Chaperone) returning in the lead role of Joseph, with Katie-Rose Connors (Cabaret, Rocky Horror Show) as the Narrator, Justin Lapena (Pharoah), Robin Sukurokoff (Jacob), Brennan Cuff(Potihar), and Erin Matchette (Mrs. Potihar).
The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father’s favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged.
He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar’s wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph’s gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh, Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize.
After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.
I couldn’t remember this story, but my husband remembered every detail, so it was interesting to see our different interpretations of seeing the story unfold. I really loved Align Entertainments injection of pop cultural references and symbols of the Lower Mainland that we know very well. We both love musicals and enjoyed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Tickets are very affordable and the show is family friendly, so if you are looking for something to see in the next few weeks, definitely consider this.
We would consider watching it again, but Align Entertainment is working on Legally Blonde and A Christmas Story, which we are also excited to see.
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