From Dreamboat to Dreamcoat: Stephen Gately Stars in Lloyd Webber's Joseph

News   From Dreamboat to Dreamcoat: Stephen Gately Stars in Lloyd Webber's Joseph Stephen Gately, one of the lead singers in supergroup Boyzone, is to star in the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

The musical, which opens March 3 following previews that begin Feb. 13, retells the biblical story of Joseph, his 11brothers and his coat of many colors. The many famous songs include "Any Dream Will Do" and "Close Every Door to Me." Design is by Sean Cavanagh with choreography by Henry Metcalfe, musical direction by David Steadman and lighting design by Nick Richings.

During Boyzone's heyday, the band had six number-one singles and four number-one albums, and Stephen was the lead vocalist on the group's biggest hit "No Matter What" — coincidentally from another Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Whistle Down the Wind.

Boyzone became the first act in chart history to reach the top three with their first 14 singles and the first band since The Beatles to debut at number one with their first four albums.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was first performed at Colet Court School in 1968. The first stage production was at The Young Vic in 1972 which subsequently transferred to The Edinburgh Festival and from there to The Roundhouse and Albery Theatre in 1973.

Bill Kenwright's record-breaking touring production has attracted an audience of over 15 million people throughout its 20-year run. It has a place in The Guinness Book of Records for the world's longest-running touring musical. This production though, is entirely new, and has been mounted specifically for the West End New London season.

The Bible proved spectacularly successful for Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, with Joseph and the even better-known Jesus Christ Superstar, a revival of which reopened the Lyceum a few years ago.