On some Friday mornings, I’m not found at my kitchen table in pajamas eating cereal and reading the Brownwood Bulletin. Occasionally, I’m enjoying eggs and pancakes with a small group of friends at a local restaurant. One of us emails a proposed topic to the others, and we discuss.
If we stay on task for half of our allotted one hour together, it’s a miracle. However, our subject a week ago isn’t important to this discussion today. What is important is a story one member of our group shared about something that happened years ago in his family. He preceded his tale with a disclaimer. He said as time passes, the way he recalls events increasingly differs from the way his wife remembers them.
It’s the type of observation that would elicit an “amen” if we had been in church.
The edition of the Bulletin that carried my column last week hadn’t been off the press but a few hours then, and little did I know that in my article, I inadvertently corroborated his statement about how couples remember events differently — especially in my case.
I ended last week’s column with an inaccurate item about an answer in the Trivial Pursuit game. I was wrong. Trivial Pursuit was right — right as the Bible.
This is unfortunate for two reasons, the first being that I made a very public mistake forcing me to admit my wife knew something I didn’t. The second is that I maligned the accuracy of Trivia Pursuit’s answers. That is most unfortunate. I apologize.
The mistake involved a question about Joseph and the coat of many colors. Trivial Pursuit’s answer was correct: Joseph wore that coat. It was a friend of my wife who was playing the game who was convinced that the answer should have been Dolly Parton. Dolly sang a song about a different multicolored coat in 1971. An amusing story, but I fumbled the punchline.
Thankfully, this retraction gives me another opportunity to praise the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” which today begins its final weekend at the Brownwood Lyric Theatre. It’s only one man’s opinion, but I think this is the most uplifting musical the Lyric has put on stage.
The Lyric has produced many outstanding shows in recent years, and each has been all the more remarkable because the cast and crew are drawn from the local talent pool. Repeatedly, audience members who have been to theaters in major Texas cities have expressed wonder after seeing Lyric shows, because they weren’t expecting such a polished degree of talent in Brownwood, Texas.
It’s a tribute to the individuals who devote countless hours of their time perfecting roles, learning music if that’s what’s required for a show, building sets, planning the technical details, and directing the productions. Their rewards are the applause of the audiences they entertain, and the satisfaction of jobs well done.
While none of that is new with this summer’s show, “Joseph” elevates the music to a new level. The solos are superb, but this production offers perhaps the finest singing ensembles Lyric audiences have witnessed. Accompanying them all is a talented orchestra, and the melodies from this Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice show will linger in your head for days.
Last week, I fumbled the story about Trivial Pursuit. Don’t fumble the answer on what to do here this weekend. The correct answer remains “Joseph.”
Gene Deason is editor emeritus of the Brownwood Bulletin. His column appears on Fridays. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.