For its 24th annual summer production, The Carnegie Players will be bringing the famous musical of Biblical proportions “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” to stage this month. Jam-packed with eclectic music ranging from country to pop to rock n’ roll, vibrant color, dancing, and all the songs you love, Joseph is a show that the whole family can tap their feet to!
This story is perhaps one of the most well-known and beloved of the Bible. Join our narrator (Kendal Ford) as she follows Joseph (Peyton Webb), the revered son of Jacob (Bob Sagendorf), as he comes to understand the meaning of his prophetic dreams. After receiving a beautiful coat adorned with all the brilliant colors of the rainbow, Joseph realizes he is destined for greatness. With this dream the only thing to hold on to, Joseph finds himself sold into slavery in Egypt by his eleven jealous brothers. From there, we watch him bravely, and sometimes hilariously, tackle test after test of his integrity and character – including being the adored household servant of the affluent Potiphar (Ron Jordan) and the salacious Mrs. Potiphar (Caity Webb), which goes terribly awry. Enter the reigning Pharaoh (Phil Nagel) – or the “King” – a rock ‘n’ roll, lip-curling ruler who takes a special liking to Joseph and his amazing gift of prophesy. We see Joseph rise to power, and eventually, come face-to-face with the family that betrayed him.
Developed originally as a cantata in 1968, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” was lyricized by Tim Rice and composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The famed duo used the success of their rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” to promote “Joseph” in 1969, and eventually saw its entirety come to Broadway by 1982. With over 20,000 revivals in amateur theatres and schools since its initial success, “Joseph” has become one of the most cherished and family-friendly musicals of all time. Perhaps one of the most well-known renditions is the 1999 straight-to-video production starring Donny Osmond.
Jon Clevenger will return as director this year, along with Bernard Sell as music director (Carnegie’s own dynamic duo), and Allisandra Potts, our talented Rensselaer native, has taken the task of choreographing all of “Joseph’s” lively songs. Returning to the spotlight is Kendal Ford as the Narrator, the spunky, fun-loving storyteller, and Peyton Webb as our hero, Joseph. Both are no strangers to the stage, as they have appeared in numerous Carnegie productions in the past, including principle roles in last year’s hit “Beauty and the Beast.” With a strong supporting cast of brothers, wives, servants, and a children’s chorus, “Joseph” will be certain to light up the stage! For a complete cast list, visit thecarnegieplayer.org
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be running July 28th and August 3, 4, 5th at 7 PM in the Rensselaer Central High School auditorium. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door or online. You can purchase tickets from any cast or Carnegie board member, at Jordan’s, or The Willow Switch. Online ordering will also be available, as well as credit card purchases at the door. Come join us for a tale that teaches us character, perseverance, redemption, and that “any dream will do!”