Classic musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opens in Christchurch gallery

The musical is based on the Biblical story of Joseph from the book of Genesis.
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The musical is based on the Biblical story of Joseph from the book of Genesis.

A revival of classic musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opened in Christchurch on Thursday night.

The touring production of the 47-year-old musical started life a year ago in South Africa, before playing Auckland for two weeks in April. The musical, which is based on the Biblical story of Joseph from the book of Genesis, runs at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch until May 14 and then moves to Wellington's Opera House from May 17 to May 21.

Company manager Johann Kupferburger said the new production was faithful to the original, but with a "little bit of a modern feel to it".

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opens in Christchurch on Thursday night.
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Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opens in Christchurch on Thursday night.

"The creative team wanted to revive the show for a new generation," he said.

"It is a bit edgier, but not radically different."

The production toured Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa before coming to New Zealand and will celebrate its 400th performance on Saturday night.

The show will run at the Isaac Theatre Royal until May 14.
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The show will run at the Isaac Theatre Royal until May 14.

The costumes, lighting rig and sets tour the world in three, 12-metre-long shipping containers.

The musical was one of the first successful collaborations between composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice. It has been revived on the West End in London and Broadway in New York many times since its London debut in 1973.

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The show will then move on to Wellington.
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The show will then move on to Wellington.

Joseph is played by Earl Gregory.
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Joseph is played by Earl Gregory.

Joseph gets his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
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Joseph gets his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

 - Stuff

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