Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Technicolor Biblical Tale Webber and Rice Musical Coming to Town

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Technicolor Biblical Tale Webber and Rice Musical Coming to Town

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What's that technicolor flash?

It's Joseph's coat of many colors, a Bible story done Broadway

style in a new national tour that plays in Jacksonville Tuesday

through Thursday.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat , part of Florida

Community College at Jacksonville's Artist Series, is a raucous

musical version of the story of Joseph and his 11 brothers at

the time of the Pharoah.

Music and lyrics are by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the

team that also created Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.

Webber's other musicals include Cats, Phantom of the Opera and

Sunset Boulevard. Rice wrote the lyrics for Disney's Aladdin,

winning the Oscar for Best Song.

Joseph premiered in 1968 and has been an audience favorite ever

since. It's a show that The San Francisco Chronicle called "the

ideal musical to open a child's eyes to the delights of musical


Newsday described it as "a campy, glitzy extravaganza: a little

American Bandstand, a lot of Busby Berkeley."

But this touring production is touted as the first to

incorporate children's choirs as an integral part of the show,

with two local choirs used in each city. The Jacksonville

performances will feature choirs from Justina Road Elementary

and St. Joseph's Catholic School.

Brian Lane Green, who stars as Joseph, likes the innovation, he

said in a recent phone interview from Milwaukee.

"At the end of the show, when I sing and see those faces

beaming back at me, it's such a kick," Lane said. "It adds new

life to our show every week."

Lane joined the tour less than two months ago -- "I'm fresh

meat," he joked -- and is more used to working on Broadway and

on soaps and television series.

He made his Broadway debut as Huck Finn in Big River and

received a Tony nomination for his starring role in the musical

Starmites. …

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