Joseph on stage

Drama season opens with musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber

In collaboration with the Walla Walla University Department of Music, wwudrama presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat this fall.

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 the main character, Narrator, the musical follows the preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with the Egyptian noble Potiphar but ends up in jail. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he 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.

The magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, from a parody of French ballads to country-western and calypso, along with the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.” Appropriate for all audiences and groups, Joseph received six Tony nominations in its initial Broadway run.

The cast includes current WWU students, recent alumni, and students from Walla Walla Valley Academy and Rogers Adventist School. Christine Janis, assistant professor of music, directs with musical direction by Kraig Scott, professor of music.

Tickets are $15 and on sale now at truebest.net/drama

Performances are November 4, 8, 9, and 11 at 7 p.m. and November 5 at 2 p.m. All performances are in the Village Hall, 204 S. College Ave., College Place.

Posted Oct. 13, 2023

Program poster
Students rehearse on stage