Based on one of the most colorful stories in the Bible, the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” sweeps onto the stage at The Lewis and Shirley White Theatre at the Jewish Community Center beginning a four-week run Saturday evening, Saturday, July 1 and continuing through July 23. Performances Performance dates include Wednesdays, July 5,12, and 19 at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays July 6, 13 and 20 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays July 1,8,15, and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays July 2, 9, 16 and 23 at 2 p.m.
“Joseph” is a White Theatre premiere and is its final production of the 2022-2023 season.
The White Theatre is located at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City (The J), 5801 W. 115th St., in Overland Park. Tickets are now available online at TheWhiteTheatre.org, at the box office, either by calling (913) 327-8054, or in person at 5801 W. 115th St., Overland Park. The White Theatre box office is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as well as 60 minutes before curtain on performance days.
Based on the book of Genesis and originating from a cantata written for a school choir, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is a much-loved family classic. “Joseph” was written in 1968 and features lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. This musical features an iconic pop and musical theatre score featuring such dynamic songs “Any Dream Will Do,” “Close Every Door To Me,” and “Go Go Joseph.”
“Joseph” received six Tony Award nominations including Best Musical and Best Original Score.
The White Theatre production is directed by Dustin Pence, director of theatre at Olathe North High School. Brant Challabome will be both the musical director and conductor. Alex Gumminger returns to The White Theatre as choreographer, having choreographed “Matilda” last summer.
Pence has assembled a multi-talented cast for this high-energy show including Matthew Briggs in the title role. Kelly Urschel portrays the Narrator, who takes the audience through this high-energy musical. Urschel is a veteran of The White Theatre having performed as Katherine in “Newsies” as well as its “Fiddler on the Roof in Concert.” Another White Theatre veteran Ray Zarr (“Producers,” “Fiddler on the Roof”) takes on the role of Patriarch Jacob. The company features a children’s chorus that includes siblings Nora and Tessa Brasel.
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