April 20, 2012

Original Broadway Musical Hits Regent Stage

By Rachel Judy

B.A. Isaac Gay as Joseph
Photo by Patrick Wright
The popular story of a boy and his coat of many colors comes to life in Joseph and the Technicolor® Dreamcoat, a family-friendly musical opening on Friday, April 20, at Regent University's Center for Performing Arts. This modern-day telling of the Old Testament story incorporates popular and traditional styles of music, as well as original animation sequences designed by Regent senior Topher Cavanaugh.
Joseph and the Technicolor® Dreamcoat will run April 20-22 and 27-29. Afternoon and evening show times are available. Purchase tickets through the Box Office.
With lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the musical is familiar to many, but the animation sequences—designed to give audiences a view of the dreams Joseph interprets—are what make Regent's production stand out.
"[The animation] builds on music and themes happening on stage," Cavanaugh explained. "With the animation, we get to show you what [Joseph] is talking about."
Cavanaugh is a student in the animation program housed in Regent's School of Undergraduate Studies (RSU). The lead role of Joseph is played by RSU junior Isaac Gay.
The production tells the story of Joseph from when he is a favored son in his father's household through his slavery and eventual rise to freedom and prosperity in Egypt. The entire production is sung, drawing more comparisons to a "rock opera" than a traditional musical format.
"It's not a traditional musical," said Eric Harrell, chair of Regent's Theatre Department and the play's director. "No matter what style of music you prefer, there's something in there for you."
Church and synagogue group discounts are available.
Purchase tickets through the Box Office. (757)  352-4245

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