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Arvada Center brings ‘Joseph’ back

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“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is once again playing at the Arvada Center. Several years ago, “Joseph” was an annual tradition. If memory serves, it played each year for at least five years. The new iteration is very different from previous productions. Director Gavin Meyer has definitely put his own stamp on the show. Gavin, who used to be the drama coach at Pomona High School, is currently at the University of Nevada/Reno.

It was fun to see such a different interpretation of an old favorite. The Arvada Center is at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. “Joseph” plays through Dec. 23. Tim Rice wrote the lyrics and Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote the music. Joseph was his father Jacob’s favorite son. Needless to say, Joseph’s eleven brothers weren’t too fond of their little brother. They plotted and planned to get rid of their nemesis. Joseph was sold into slavery and taken to Egypt. The brothers didn’t factor in Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams. That skill opened many doors for him and he became Pharaoh’s trusted confident. Some of the songs in the musical are: “Any Dream Will Do,” “Close Every Door,” and “Go Go Go Joseph.” Other amusing tunes include a calypso number, an Elvis take-off and, “Those Canaan Days,” a scene set in a French bistro. Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck’s delightful and energetic choreography enhances the proceedings. Costumes by December Mathisen are gorgeous I particularly liked the new “dreamcoat”. The stunning set designed by Brian Mallgrave is eye popping. Roberto Sinha took the reins as musical director.

Cast members include Sarah Rex (Narrator), Aaron Young (Joseph), Stephen Day (Jacob/Pontiphar), and James Francis (Pharaoh). While the production was very different than the “original” shows. It was equally enjoyable. Time does indeed march on. Charles Langley (the actor who played Joseph in the earlier shows) is probably actually over 30 by now…maybe waaay over 30. All in all, it’s a delightful evening and very suitable for the entire family to enjoy.

Harriet Hunter Ford can be contacted at hhunterford@gmail.com

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