A show of many colours

It’s almost 60 years old, but like the Biblical tale it’s based upon, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has proven timeless.

This March, North Queensland Opera and Music Theatre (NQOMT) will introduce a new generation to the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic when they transport the Townsville Civic Theatre “way, way back many centuries ago” to stage this brightly-coloured, energy-infused show that can only be described as ‘epic’.

Sandra Neal, who’ll play the show’s Narrator, says regular theatre-goers are likely to recognise more than a few faces among the well-seasoned cast.

Sandra Neal as The Narrator (centre) with some of the Dream Chorus from NQOMT’s production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ IMAGE: Photobase NQ

“Most of the Ensemble have been leads in previous productions such as Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables, Legally Blonde, Titanic, Saturday Night Fever, and Boy from Oz to name a few,” says Sandra.

“Some of these brilliant performers and I have been performing together for 20 years so it is like one big family.  I’m particularly excited to be performing with Brady Cronin as Joseph.  Brady and I have been involved in several productions together! We have a great rapport on stage and he is one of my dearest friends so I’m really thrilled to be performing with him again.”

The show, which contains very little spoken dialogue, is driven by its catchy tunes ranging from country and western to pop to rock ‘n roll. Sandra says the diverse mix of music, teamed with universal messages, is a big part of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’s long-lasting appeal.

“It’s an incredibly entertaining show and lots of fun to sing.

Brady Cronin as Joseph and Sandra Neal as The Narrator from NQOMT’s production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ IMAGE: Photobase NQ

“As an audience, we can all relate to Joseph’s ambition and Joseph’s sincerity, even if it is sometimes misguided. Most of us can relate to the sibling rivalry and struggle; and the hot water it can land us in. Joseph’s not malicious, but he does tend to find himself in situations where he’s annoyed someone unwittingly and ended up in jail or being sold to slavery as a result. But we love how hard Joseph works to get to a position of power. He never gives up on his dreams – he even sings a song about finding his way out, and finding his way through. I think that’s a great message for families and especially children.”

NQOMT will present Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Townsville Civic Theatre 22 March – 1 April 2017. Click here for tickets.

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