The musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” based on the biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors from the book of Genesis, opens Friday, July 13, at the Lyric Theatre in Brownwood.
The show’s director, Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, described the show as “a spectacular musical,” with every song in a different style.
There is virtually no spoken dialogue as the entire show is performed in song.
“We are so excited about this,” Humfeld said. “This is the neatest musical. I love the story. It’s a wonderful biblical story, but it’s told in song and almost every song is a different style.
“The music is great. We have an amazing cast. When they sing, my heart soars. It is truly family entertainment for all ages.”
Performance times are:
• Friday, July 13 — 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, July 14 — 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, July 15 — 7:30 p.m.
• Friday, July 20 — 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, July 21 — 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, July 22 — 2:30 p.m.
The musical’s lyrics by Tim Rice and music is by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
“It’s the largest cast we’ve ever had on the stage here,” Lyric Theatre managing director Eric Evans said. “I think there’s 64 cast and kids, and overall there are over 100 people that are involved in getting it to the stage — the live orchestra, the consumers, back stage, support crew …”
Evans said he heard the show’s narrator, Renee Blackstock, say the show is “like a rock musical.”
“ Everything is sung,” Evants said. It certainly has a ’70s vibe to it. “It has almost every genre you could imagine of music, from western to calypso, dancing music … there’s a kids choir in the show that keeps coming and intermingling with the cast.”
Evans described the musical as “exceptionally family friendly with tons of bright colors, and the music is fun. If you have a family and kids, they are going to love this show.”
In addition to Blackstock as the show’s narrator, other cast members include Matthew McNiece as Joseph, Jeff Woods as Jacob, Holli Blanton as Jacob’s wife, Stephen Haynes as Potiphar, Alisa Hinton as Potiphar’s wife, Derek Smith as the butler, Jonathan Harvey as the baker and Nicholas Ewen as Pharaoh.
“It’s a big show,” Evans said. “I’m thinking it’s one of the biggest, if not the biggest, show we’ve ever attempted to do here.”