A Technicolor Fantasy for their 40th Anniversary

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat runs through August 19.

As the dinner plates are cleared away and the lights come down the stage is set for one of the most engaging, exciting and energetic productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Closing their current season is the rock opera BDT Stage opened with 40 years ago.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was the first collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. It follows the iconic bible story of Joseph as he is sold into slavery, works for the pharaoh and eventually saves his family from famine.

This production, directed and choreographed by Matthew D. Peters, is a pop infused rock show. They have lost the sand, lost the robes and gained a clean and tight concert experience.

“This is definitely a different take on it,” Peters said. “Joseph is usually done really traditional and for me it didn’t work. I wanted to do something different.”

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And something different was certainly achieved. Peters assures the content is the same. None of the story has changed, none of the lyrics have changed and beside a couple tempo changes it is still the same music audiences have come to love.

Tracy Warren (The Narrator) feels this production is breathtaking.

“I think it’s a visual feast and I think Matty did such a great job with the dancing and it’s exciting from start to finish,” she said.

Taking on the title role is up-and-coming actor Jack Barton. Joseph marks his second time leading a production at BDT Stage. As with everything in the production Barton’s portrayal of the character was unique and that’s exactly how he wanted it.   

“I knew I was going to be compared to Donny Osmond and every person that has done Joseph so I think just trying to ignore the pressure and try to do my own version is what I wanted,” he said.

From the minute you walk up to theatre one can spot the Michael Jackson themed show poster telling audiences from the start this show will pull influence from the king of pop.

“He was my inspiration growing up, so for me I get to live my dance dreams every night,” Peters said. “It’s a take off a dance concert, so I really researched Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson and a little bit of Beyonce but it’s just like a concert would be done.”

The production was recently nominated for four Henry Awards including Best Lighting of a Tier 2 Theatre, Best Musical Direction, Best Choreography and Outstanding Actress in a Musical for  Tracy Warren’s Narrator.

Warren admits the role was challenging because Peters wanted to emphasize The Narrator only interacting and only being seen by Joseph throughout the show.

“The Narrator has a little bit of a maternal feel toward Joseph, from the very beginning when I introduce him it’s like ‘You guys are in for such a treat, you are going to meet this person you are going to hear this story,’” Warren said. “So I find a it full of joy in the storytelling. Knowing what’s happening and also knowing it’s unfolding for the audience for the first time.”

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Peters and the rest of the team knew a reinvention of such an iconic show would be a risk but it was a risk that paid off.

“I think the beauty of theatre is it can be told in so many different ways and if you allow yourself to dive into the story those little things go away,” Peters said.

“I just think it’s a straight up infusion of joy and I think we all need to just be present to the fact that there are things to be joyful about,” Warren said.

 

Jack Barton as Joseph in BDT Stage’s experimental new imagining of “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat” Photo Credit: Glenn Ross


 

BDT Stage’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Ticket information

  • Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
  • Directed by Matthew D. Peters
  • Through Aug. 19
  • 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder
  • Tickets $35-$55
  • For tickets, call 303-449-6000 or go to bdtstage.com

 

Performance schedule:

  • 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 7:45 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 1:45 and 7:45 p.m. Sundays (dinner service 90 minutes before).

 

 

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Author: Avery Anderson

Avery Anderson is the general manager of Met TV. He hosts “The Nightly Met,” an entertainment show that highlights local art and culture. He loves the theater and all art and is an advocate for local theater companies through his many stories. He also enjoys gardening and being outside.
Connect with him through email at aande133@msudenver.edu.

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