Andrew Loyd Weber is a musical genius. It is an opinion that few people can argue against. From his brilliant Phantom of the Opera to his controversial Jesus Christ Superstar the legendary playwright is easily a household name. Which is why it is no surprise that Jenkins High School’s Theatrical Department would choose to take on this legend’s earliest work: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Written when Weber was 18 years old, this musical retelling of the biblical story of Joseph is ripe with choral music and songs ranging many different genres. All the way from Country Western to 1950’s Rock-and-Roll, the play is a diverse petri dish of different musical sounds.
For anyone unfamiliar, here’s a quick summary of the story. It will be told by narrator Kayti Hilzinger. Joseph (Philip Chantry) is the youngest of 12 sons and incidentally also his father Jacob’s (Geno Ludwig) favorite son. He is gifted an amazing coat created from a myriad of different colors, which causes his brother’s to become jealous. Being as this is biblical times, the most logical course of action is to throw him in a pit to rot.
But as it happens, a hairy bunch of Ishmaelites comes along and the brothers instead sell him into slavery. After being thrown into a cell by a man named Potiphar (Alex Honeycutt) due to his evil lust filled wife (Andras Bakken) attempting to seduce him, Joseph is in a bad place. But as luck would have it the young man can interpret dreams and soon finds himself in the court of the Pharaoh (Shawn Anderson) who has been having some serious nightmares.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a gorgeous show, having something for just about everybody, and when put together by the talented JHS Theatre Department, you know you’ll be in for a good time. The show will be running Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 9-12 at 7 p.m. with Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available at Akers, Valley Drug, The Independent, and the JJSHS Office for $5 or $7 at the door.