February 6, 2007

Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Joseph' to come to Elliott Hall of Music

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The new national tour of the hit Broadway musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" will make a stop at Purdue University's Elliott Hall of Music at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22.

Combining music by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber ("Cats," "Evita" and "Phantom of the Opera") with the humor and poetry of lyricist Tim Rice ("Aladdin" and "The Lion King"), "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" will take audiences on a musical trip through ancient Egypt. Purdue Convocations is presenting the performance.

Originally written as a 15-minute pop cantata for a children's choir, this musical has become one of America's favorite shows, said Kerry Schutt Nason, Purdue Convocations marketing director. Since the first production in 1968, the show, based on the biblical tale of Jacob's son Joseph and his 11 brothers, has proven to be one of the most enduring and endearing shows of all time. The production blends pop, country, rock and other musical styles while it tells a story of betrayal and hardship, prophecy and forgiveness, Nason said.

Taken from the last 13 chapters in the biblical book of Genesis, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" tells of Joseph's rise to power in Egypt after being sold into slavery by his brothers.

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" was the first in what would become a string of hit musicals by Lloyd Webber. Shortly after writing "Joseph," the Lloyd Webber-Rice team hit a home run with the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar."

Their success continued in the late 1970s when "Evita" won seven Tony Awards. Then, following "Cats," Lloyd Webber produced the roller skating spectacle "Starlight Express," which, like "Joseph," used different styles of music to keep the story on track. More recent Lloyd Webber compositions include the musicals "The Phantom of the Opera," "Sunset Boulevard" and "The Woman in White."

This national tour of "Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat" is directed by Dallet Norris ("Oliver," "South Pacific" and "Camelot") and choreographed by Arlene Phillips ("Grease," "Starlight Express" amd "We Will Rock You").

"Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat" will play at Elliott Hall at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22.

Tickets are $20-45 for adults and $20-32 for children 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices at (765) 494-3933 or (800) 914-SHOW. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster outlets.

Source: Kerry Schutt Nason, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, (765) 494-5045, knason@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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Purdue Convocations:  http://www.convocations.org

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