Seven years after taking local audiences by storm, plans are well underway for the staging of Lloyd Webber’s most endearing musical, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’, says a press release from Maitisong on Friday.
Stuart White, the director said that the show is back by popular demand. “People love this show. It has everything that a good musical should have: a story that is high on drama tugs at your heart strings and songs and scenes full of variety arguably some of Lloyd Webber’s very best tunes, which will make you walk out of the theatre whistling,” said White. It is also seven years since it was last staged.
Interestingly, says the release, the number ‘7′ is significant in the story as Joseph predicts to the pharaoh of Egypt that there will be 7 years of bumper crops followed by 7 years of famine. So it felt right that we should tackle it again 7 years on.
The release states that work has been done to improve production, including lights and sound.
Says White, “We are going to try and make this a spectacle to behold by bringing in the best sound and lighting equipment. We will also be improving choreography and have many fresh new faces on stage. This production will be on the same scale as the sort of musical shows you expect to see in Johannesburg.”
The show is scheduled to open at the end of June and run for a full 3 weeks. Auditions start in early March and the cast swings into full rehearsal in mid April.