ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER AND TIM RICE'S Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Greg Kohout, Eric Martsolf, Ensemble - Photo by Ludwig

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER AND TIM RICE'S Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
AT THE KODAK THEATRE
at Hollywood & Highland
EIGHT PERFORMANCES ONLY!  APRIL 13 TO 18, 2004

The Kodak's Musical Series closes with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" Tuesday, April 13 through Sunday, April 18, for eight performances only, in a production from Sunwoo Entertainment and Theatrical Arts.  

Lloyd Webber and Rice created "Joseph" at the very beginning of their careers and it has beguiled the world ever since.   Later, together and separately, Lloyd Webber and Rice created some of the great musicals of the current era -- "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Evita," "The Phantom of the Opera," "Cats," "The Lion King," and "Beauty and the Beast" among many others.
 

Greg Kohout, Eric Martsolf - Photo by Ludwig

Based on the Biblical hero Joseph, this musical shows that we can all overcome adverse times, defeat the odds and fulfill our destinies.   The BBC said, "The Technicolor Dreamcoat is a huge rainbow of excitement that fills the entire stage!"

In the summer of 1967, Andrew Lloyd Webber was asked to write a "pop cantata" for St Paul's Junior School to sing at their Easter end of term concert.  Andrew immediately approached his friend Tim Rice and asked if he would write lyrics for the project; Tim suggested the story of Joseph.  Tim raided the book of Genesis, but his true inspiration was The Wonder Book of Bible Stories.  There was to be no dialogue; the action would be told entirely through song.  "We realized," Andrew would later say, "that it was possible to put together something continuous without a narrative line, without that ghastly moment when the violins are lifted and the dialogue stops.  Without realizing it at first, we found that you could switch styles crazily throughout the whole thing, mixing up musical comedy numbers with calypso, country and western and Elivis Presley.  And the basic story is such a good plot."  The first performance of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" was in March of 1968.  It was accompanied by the school orchestra and conducted by the head of the school's music department, Alan Doggett - and was only 20 minutes long. 

Greg Kohout - Photo by Ludwig

The first amateur production in America was in May 1970 at the College of the Immaculate Conception in Douglastown, New York.  Following was great interest from colleges and schools and various professional productions, including two in New York.  One of those was so successful that on the 27th of January in 1982 it was moved to the Royale Theatre on Broadway where it enjoyed a long run. 

Since then, it has become one of the major staples of Musical Theatre all around the world.  The show has been performed in nearly 15,000 schools or local theatres.  Today there are nearly 500 school or amateur productions each year in the UK, and over 750 in the US & Canada, together with other productions in Australia, Germany, South Africa and various other territories world wide.


Calendar Listing for:
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland
April 13 to 18, 2004

Dates: 8 Performances only!
  Tuesday through Friday evening at 8 pm
  Saturday at 2:00pm & 8:00pm
  Sunday at 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Theatre: Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland
  6801 Hollywood Blvd.  Hollywood, Ca.

Tickets: $30, $45, $65, $70, $95
  Phone - Ticketmaster Phone Charge 213/365-3500
  or 714/740-7878
  Online - ticketmaster.com
  In Person - Kodak Theatre Box Office at 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
  All Ticketmaster Outlets including Tower Records, Robinsons-
  May, Wherehouse Music, Tu Musica, and Ritmo Latino.
  Groups of 15 or more - 866/LAGROUP

Information: 323/308-6363, or visit kodaktheatre.com

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