Joseph, with Callaway and Kunze, Begins Muny Run July 30

News   Joseph, with Callaway and Kunze, Begins Muny Run July 30 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat begins performances July 30 at the St. Louis Muny, the nation's oldest and largest outdoor theatre.
Liz Callaway in Joseph. . . at the Muny.
Liz Callaway in Joseph. . . at the Muny. Photo by Larry Pry/The Muny

Eric Kunze stars in the title role with Liz Callaway as the Narrator, David Hibbard as the Pharaoh and James Anthony as Jacob/Potiphar. The brothers are played by Matt Bailey, Will Burton, Anderson Davis, Ted Ely, Aaron Kaburick, Justin Keyes, Nathan Madden, Mike McGowan, Liam Rhodes, Cary Tedder and Billy Harrigan Tighe.

The ensemble for Joseph, which runs through Aug. 5, comprises Alison Brandon-Watkins, Christina Day, Sara Dobbs, Dana Domenick, Daryl Getman, Kayla Hall, Lauren Holmes, Jessica Holzem, Sydney Laine Morton, Corbin Rei and Sandra Struthers.

Pamela Hunt directs the production with choreography by Darren Lee, musical direction by Michael Horsely, set design by Steve and Sam Gilliam, lighting design by David Lander and costume design by Robert Fletcher. Peter Hynds is the stage manager.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which features music by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Rice, concerns the titular Biblical young boy who is sold into slavery by his brothers, who envy their father's favor toward him. Joseph then embarks on a journey which leads him to Egypt where — because of his portending dreams — he saves the country from famine and eventually his brothers from death.

Joseph has played Broadway twice: in 1982 at the Royale Theatre with a cast led by Bill Hutton (Joseph) and Laurie Beechman (Narrator) and in 1993 at the Minskoff with Michael Damian (Joseph) and Kelli Rabke (Narrator). The London revival opened July 17. Liz Callaway, most recently on Broadway in The Look of Love, made her Broadway debut in the original cast of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, and she also took part in the anniversary concert of that musical. For her work in the musical Baby, she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, and her other Broadway credits include The Three Musketeers, Miss Saigon and Cats. Callaway's solo recordings include "The Beat Goes On," "Anywhere I Wander—Liz Callaway Sings Frank Loesser" and "The Story Goes On."

Eric Kunze has been seen on Broadway in Les Misérables, Miss Saigon and Damn Yankees.

David Hibbard's Broadway credits include Spamalot, Anything Goes, A Class Act, Once Upon a Mattress and Cats.

The Muny season will conclude with Les Misérables Aug. 6-15.

Tickets are available by calling (314) 361-1900, ext. 550; for more information visit www.muny.org.

The cast of <i>Joseph. . .</i> at the Muny.
The cast of Joseph. . . at the Muny. Photo by Larry Pry/The Muny
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