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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (2022/2023 Australian Tour)

As Vice President of Asia Pacific for TML Enterprises, lead producer of the Australian tour, by arrangement with the Really Useful GroupTim Lawson in association with Michael Harrison Entertainment presented The London Palladium production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT which opened on November 13, 2022 at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne and on February 11, 2023 at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney.

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lyrics by Tim Rice. Directed by Laurence Connor, Choreographed by Joann M Hunter, with Music Supervision by John Rigby. Set and Costume Design by Morgan Large, Lighting Design by Ben Cracknell, Sound Design by Gareth Owen, Hair, Wigs & Makeup Design by Richard Mawbey, Executive Produced by Paula McKinnon, Technical Direction by Frank Harlow, Australian Associate Direction by Darren Yap, Resident Direction and Choreography by Thern Reynolds, Associate Direction by Nikki Woollaston, Associate Choreography by Billy Mitchell, Music Direction by Peter Rutherford, Dance Arrangements by Sam Davis, Orchestral Adaptations by David Andrew Wilson and Orchestrations by John Cameron.

STARRING Euan Fistrovic Doidge (Joseph) and Paulini (The Narrator), Shane Crawford (Melbourne Pharaoh), Trevor Ashley (Sydney Pharaoh) featuring an adult cast of Seryan Burke-Low, Sarah Dimas, Matt Douglass, David Duketis, Ashlee Hammerin, David Hammond, Jackson Head, Alex Hyne, Hanlon Innocent, Nat Jobe, Heath Keating, Nicolas van Litsenborgh, Avigalle Mendoza, William Motunuu, Courtney Murray, Catrina Ralph, Daniel Raso, Annabelle Rosewarne, Asmara Soekotjo, Gabriella Tooma, William Tukia Edwards, Nicole Vella and Stephanie Wall.

The children’s ensemble included Chelsey Abela, Nevaeh Bangit, Thalia Barrientos, William Blakiston, Honey Brodie, Carina Chen, Harry Cook, Sebastian Dovey Cribbes, Flora Feldman, Reagan George, Mia Giordano, Jasper Hall, Macy Harvie, Indiana Hurst, Grace Ivas, Amaya Kendall, Isobel Lauber, Caleb Lee, Maisy Lester-Bryant, Mason Litsos, Jasper McDonald Parsons, Lada Mekmathayan, William Mulready, Lira Mollison, Charlie Mulcahy, Imogen Premraj, Ava Quarrell, Lachlan Tan, Shaenyce Theodore, Elisha Villa, Hamish West and Erena Zhu.

Associate Music Director / Children’s Music Director: Michelle Nguyen, UK Production Manager: Simon Gooding, Associate Sound Designer: Andy Green, Associate Costume Designer: Lee Tassie, Associate Lighting Designer/Programmer: Sarah Brown, Assistant Lighting Designer: Tamykha Patterson, Associate Lighting Designer: Kathy Pineo, Associate Sound Designer: Julian Spink, UK Production Sound: Joe Green, Production Sound Engineer: Andrew Poppleton, UK Production Electrician: Chris Vaughan, Production Electrician: Callum Adams, Lighting Programmer: Matthew Quince, Keyboard Programmer: Stuart Andrews, Followspot Caller: Toni Richards and Automation Engineer: Anton Woodward.

Company Manger: Bradley Barrack, Deputy Company Manager: Ryan Tate, Stage Manager: Maree Kanowski, Deputy Stage Manager: Neole Goss, Deputy/Assistant Stage Manager: Margaret Ernst, Assistant Stage Managers: Georgia Kate Bell and Isobelle De Livera, Head Chaperone: Emma Callaghan, Chaperone: Mitchell Fistrovic Doidge, Chaperone: Nikola Gucciardo, Tutor: Faith Kelly, Head Mechanist: Kane Ernst, Deputy Head Mechanist: Tom Pugh, Technical Swing: Roni Wilkinson, Head Electrician: Seb Miloradovic, Deputy Head Electrician: Kit Cunneen, Automation: Adam Paine, Head of Sound: Paul Tilley, Deputy Head of Sound: Tracy Leong, Radio Mic Technician: Tanieka Stones, Head of Props: Garry Bradley, Deputy Head of Props: Zoe Manning, Head of Wardrobe: Jennifer Hall, Deputy Head of Wardrobe: Siobhan Walsh, Head of Wigs and Makeup: Kelsie Parsons.

BAND:

Music Direction by Peter Rutherford, Associate Music Director / Children’s Md / Keyboard 3: Michelle Nguyen, Assistant Music Director / Keyboard 2: Rainer Pollard, Keyboard 1: Andrew Patterson, Guitar: Marcus Kurban, Bass: Jo To, Drums: Dave Hatch, Violin: Imelda Baligod, Reed: Stuart Brownley, Horn: Deborah Hart, Percussion: Anna Camara & Leah Scholes.

FOR TML ENTERPRISES:

CEO: Tim Lawson, Vice President Asia Pacific: Toby Simkin, Executive Producer: Paula McKinnon, Financial Controller: Yolanda Gentle, Production Manager: Frank Harlow, Associate Producer: Gabi Overton, Marketing & Advertising: Amy Maiden, Kate McDonald, David Harrison, Madeleine Fitzgerald and Bella Dalrymple, Senior Marketing Consultant: Kendra Reid, Ticketing Consultant: Angela Higgins, Senior Ticketing Account Manager: Laura Prunty, Publicity (National): Bruce Pollack, Publicity (Melbourne): Julie Cavanagh, Publicity (Sydney): Amanda Buckworth, Accountant: Pitcher Partners

MELBOURNE:

Regent Theatre Head Mechanist: Nikai Van Garderen, Regent Theatre Head Electrician: Andrew Marshall, Mechanists: Christina Botha, Emily Campbell, Brendan Ewing, Peter Lavery, Silas Reeves (Swing) Flys: Creed Butler-Zelon, William Campbell, Allan Cochrane, Floor LX: Kane Wilson, Domes: Elly Baigent, Holly Crawford, Kareena Dhaliwal, LX Swing: August Shearman, Props: Danny Miller, Wigs: Emily Keely Heitzmann, Dressers: Emma Beard, Olivia Clark Emma Farington, Ezmeralda Gulian, Tish Herbert, Maree Mackenzie, Sarah Neil, Beth O’Tool (Swing), Andrea Ousley, Jaimi Richards, Wardrobe Maintenance: Bianka Gunay, Fabian Holford and Kay Vandenburg

PRODUCTION ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

Scenery built by Rocket SceneryNick Lister, Kevin Bennett, Lighting equipment provided by Production Resource Group, Sound Equipment Provided by JPJ Audio, Props Made by Showworks and Melbourne Theatre Company, Costuming Technicolored Dreamcoat & Joseph Costume by The Costume Workshop Ltd, Embroidery by London Embroidery Studio, Narrator Costume by Elspeth Threadgold, Men’s Tailoring by Costume Workshop Ltd., Mervyn Wallace, Michelle Brett, Ladies Costumes by Ashleigh Cherry, Marie Chandler, Sue James, Wendy Benstead, Melanie Nute, Emma Jealous, Go-Go-Go Joseph & Can Can Costumes by Laura Lejeune & Midnight Costume Services, Children’s Costumes by Barrington Briggs, Dianne Kelly, Dying & Printing by Nicola Killeen Textiles Ltd, Additional Embroideries by Jill Wheeler, Shirts by A.A. Dometakis London, Egypt Armour & Costumes Props by Robert Allsopp & Associates, Leatherwork by Morgan & Wells, Shoes by Gamba Theatrical Footwear, Freight by Australian Touring Services, Risk Assessment by Eva & Associates, Physiotherapy by Performance Medicine, Rehearsal Rooms by Melbourne Opera Centre, Merchandise by Araca Merchandise and souvenir brochure by Conceptonic

Released as a concept album in 1969, the stage version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has become one of the world’s most beloved family musicals. The show features songs that have gone on to become pop and musical theatre classics, including Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door to Me, Jacob and Sons, There’s One More Angel In Heaven and Go Go Go Joseph.

Told entirely through song with the help of The Narrator, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat follows the story of Jacob’s favourite son Joseph and his eleven brothers.  After being sold into slavery by the brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the advances of Potiphar’s wife.  While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled showman, the Pharaoh.  As Joseph strives to resolve Egypt’s famine, he becomes Pharaoh’s right-hand man and eventually reunites with his family.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

(2022/2023 Australian Tour)

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MEGAMIX

The Australian cast of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT perform the Megamix at a private event for press/media at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne

PROMO

The touring promo for JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT from the The London Palladium production for the Australian Tour in 2022/2023.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2022-2023 Australia)

Joseph Bio Photo Laurence ConnorJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat endures through director Laurence Connor’s staging and designer, Morgan Large’s set and costumes.

I was very proud of the way that the show took the audience by surprise,’ says Connor. ‘There was a new approach for the Narrator, and the playfulness of the children was very much a part of that show’s identity – and I wanted to hold on to that. We’re maintaining that same spirit, just with a different tone.

Joseph Bio Photo Morgan LargeThe scale of Morgan Large’s big, colorful set reveals itself as the show progresses, creating a playground for the biggest game of dress-up in the world.

The real challenge was to come up with our own take on a show that people hold very dear to them,’ Morgan Large said. ‘I did this by splitting the design into three very distinct worlds – the world of the Narrator, who in our production is an ethereal story-teller who invites the children to go on this magical journey with her. Her world is represented by constellations of stars from which she conjures Joseph. Second is the world of Canaan, and this is our landscape vistas – it’s a more grounded world where the people are people of the earth, growing crops, and our sun too gives us bold block acid colours. The third world is Egypt, and we use shimmering golden surfaces to contrast the simplicity of Canaan, and echo Joseph’s elevated status.

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SYNOPSIS

ACT ONE

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is based on the story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis. A Narrator opens the show by introducing Joseph, the dreamer (“Prologue”).

The Narrator then draws the audience’s attention to Joseph’s father and his 12 sons (“Jacob and Sons”). Jacob has given Joseph, his youngest and favourite son, a multi-colored coat and his brothers are envious of him (“Joseph’s Coat”).

The brothers’ jealousy is compounded by Joseph’s dreams, which suggest that he is destined to rule over them (“Joseph’s Dreams”). To stop this from happening they try to kill him, before changing their minds and selling him as a slave to some passing Ishmaelites (“Poor, Poor Joseph”).

To hide what they have done, Joseph’s brothers and their wives tell Jacob that his beloved son has been killed by a wild animal. As proof, they show Joseph’s coat, which they have torn to pieces and covered in goat’s blood (“One More Angel in Heaven”). When the devastated Jacob exits, the brothers and wives cheerfully celebrate Joseph’s departure (“Hoedown”).

Meanwhile, Joseph is taken to Egypt (“Journey to Egypt”). There he is bought as a slave by the wealthy Potiphar. He works hard and is promoted, eventually running the household. Joseph catches the eye of Mrs. Potiphar and although he turns down her advances, Potiphar sees them together and jumps to the wrong conclusion (“Potiphar”). Furious, he throws Joseph in jail.

A miserable Joseph laments his situation (“Close Every Door”), but things look up when two prisoners, both former servants of the Pharaoh, are put in his cell. Joseph interprets their strange dreams and predicts the Butler will return to Pharaoh’s service, while the Baker will be executed. On hearinghis prophecies, the other prisoners encourage Joseph to follow his own dreams (“Go, Go, Go Joseph”).

ACT TWO

The Narrator opens the second act with news that there’s a glimmer of light for Joseph in jail: Pharaoh himself had a run of crazy dreams and nobody can interpret them (“Pharaoh Story”). Pharaoh’s (now freed) Butler tells him of Joseph’s skills deciphering dreams (“Poor, Poor Pharaoh”). Pharaoh has Joseph brought to him and describes his dream involving seven fat cows, seven skinny cows and seven healthy ears of corn and seven dead ears of corn (“Song of the King”).

Joseph deduces that there will be seven plentiful years of crops followed by seven years of famine (“Pharaoh’s Dreams Explained”). Impressed with what he hears, Pharaoh puts Joseph in charge of preparations for the famine and the former slave becomes the second most powerful man in Egypt, Pharaoh’s right-hand man (“Stone the Crows”).

Meanwhile, Joseph’s family back home is struggling due to the famine, with his brothers regretting what they did to him and how they lied to their father (“Those Canaan Days”). Hearing that Egypt still has food, they travel there to beg for supplies (“The Brothers Come to Egypt”).

In Egypt, the brothers request food from Joseph, not realizing who he is (“Grovel, Grovel”). Joseph gives them sacks of food, but puts a golden cup in the one belonging to Benjamin, his youngest brother, whom he has never met. When the brothers attempt to depart, Joseph stops them, accusing them of theft. Each brother empties his sack (“Who’s the Thief?”) and when the cup is found in Benjamin’s sack Joseph accuses him of stealing. The other brothers beg Joseph to take them prisoner instead and let Benjamin go free (“Benjamin Calypso”).

Joseph sees that his brothers have changed and reveals who he really is (“Joseph All the Time”). Joseph sends for his father and the pair are reunited (“Jacob in Egypt”). Joseph wears his colored coat again Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (“Any Dream Will Do”/ “Close Every Door”).

I had previously worked on the North American touring production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT’S Vancouver engagement in 1994…

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT 1994 Vancouver