Written by the same team that produced Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opens Friday night at 7pm, launching a three week run at the Newport Performing Arts Center. It’s the tale of Joseph of the Old Testament having less than an optimal relationship with his 11 brothers who, by the way, are extremely jealous of his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Because Joseph is so bright and intelligent, and occasionally rather visionary, his brothers are very jealous and fear that the Dreamcoat foretells that he’ll someday rule them.
To make sure he doesn’t, they sell Joseph into slavery which leads him to Pharoh’s Egypt where Joseph finds himself working for a very wealthy man who has what appears to be a rather love-starved wife. She takes an instant liking to the strikingly handsome Joseph. Her husband suspects they’re up to no good, so he throws Joseph in jail.
In the meantime, a slightly neurotic Pharoh, who thinks he’s Elvis Presley and sings and moves just like him, hears that a man in his jail is interpreting other inmates’ dreams, and that he’s pretty good at it. Since Pharoh has been having a recurring pack of nightmares traumatizing him, he summons Joseph to find out what they mean. When Joseph correctly diagnoses Pharoh’s nightmares as forecasting an impending famine, Pharoh takes immediate steps to stem what is, indeed, an emerging food shortage due to a deep drought.
Long about then, Joseph’s brothers are heading to Egypt because of the worsening famine back home. They run into Joseph, but they don’t recognize him. What happens next is the best part of the play.
To find out how it all turns out, you’ll be happy to know that tickets for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat are available at the Newport Performing Arts Center, including on line at CapNewport.com, the website of the production company producing the play. Coastal Act Productions specialize in family friendly and family involved musical theater on the Central Coast.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat will run from January 3-18, 2014. Evening performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00pm with Saturday matinees at 2:00pm. All their performances are held at the Newport Performing Arts Center, in the Alice Silverman Theatre. For more information call 541-265-ARTS (2787).