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The EmilyAnn Theatre in Wimberley, Texas Presents Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat
"Nathan Villarreal is brillant and the stage is a 'must see.' Thirty-five talented actors take the stage to start your summer. Come out and join us."
Ann Rolling
The Wimberley cast

In a nutshell:

The show runs May 26, 27, 28 and June 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 2006
Concessions include hot dogs, popcorn, and cold drinks  
Grounds open at 6 PM
Show starts at 8 PM
Tickets are $12. and credit cards are accepted
Call 512-847-6969 for reservations and tickets

More...

In the summer of 1967, Andrew Lloyd Webber was asked by Alan Doggett, head of the Music Department at Colet court, St Paul's Junior School who taught his younger brother, Julian, to write a 'pop cantata' for the school choir to sing at their Easter end of term concert.

Andrew immediately approached his friend Tim Rice to ask if he would write lyrics for the project. After toying with ideas about spies, 007's and the like, Tim suggested the story of Joseph.

The first performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was on a cold winter afternoon on 1st March 1968 at the Old Assembly Hall, Colet Court, Hammersmith.

Accompanied by the school orchestra and conducted by Alan Doggett, the performance was only 20 minutes long.

It was such a success that a second performance was arranged on 12th May 1968 at Central Hall, Westminster, where Andrew's father was the organist. (Webber was not unconnected.) To Andrew and Tim's surprise, Derek Jewell, Jazz and Pop Critic for The Sunday Times, saw the show and wrote a favourable review of Joseph, which appeared on 19th May 1968.

An album of the St. Paul's version was commercially unsuccessful, but helped Webber and Rice receive funding to carry on their career.

The copyright on Joseph was sold by Andrew and Tim to Novello & Co., subsequently purchased by Filmtrax, for 50 guineas each. In April, 1989 it was purchased for 1 million pounds.*

The play has been performed by both professional and amateur companies all over the world and by thousands of schools. This summer it is brought to Wimberley by the EmilyAnn Theatre.

In the first act alone, musical numbers include the Overture, a Prologue, Any Dream Will Do, Jacob and Sons/Joseph's Coat, Joseph's Dream, Poor, Poor Joseph, One More Angel In Heaven, Potiphar, Close Every Door and Go, Go, Go Joseph

More interesting facts about Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat:

  • The play has been the subject of at least 12 different cast albums in its thirty one history.
  • Any Dream Will Do from Joseph was voted the Broadway Song Of The Year in 1981 and awarded an Ivor Novello Award in 1991.
  • Joseph has played in 13 different countries, touring extensively. The show has played over 80 cities in the US alone.
  • The total worldwide Box Office since 1991 exceeds $250,000,000.
  • It is currently estimated that the show has been performed in nearly 20,000 schools or local theatres, involving over 700,000 performers of all ages, and with an audience in excess of 9 million people.
  • Today there are nearly 500 school or amateur productions each year in the UK, and over 750 in the US & Canada, together with other productions in Australia, Germany, South Africa, and various other territories world wide.

Call 512-847-6969 for reservations and tickets



*From the Palladium program.
Additional information from the Really Useful Group, Ltd.
and Priya Hudson



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