Marriott's Joseph Begins Feb. 18 in IL; Marc Robin Directs

News   Marriott's Joseph Begins Feb. 18 in IL; Marc Robin Directs Susan Moniz plays the Narrator, Max Quinlan dons a robe of many colors and Bernie Yvon is a pop-star Pharaoh in Marriott Theatre's new production of the Bible-inspired musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Feb. 18-May 10 in Lincolnshire, IL.

The musical by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice is directed by multi-Jeff Award winner Marc Robin, who also choreographs. Robin, the respected director and choreographer whose work has been acclaimed in Chicago and elsewhere, was recently named artistic director of the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA.

The tale of Joseph's jealous brothers and his rise to fame in Egypt is told in musical styles from calypso to French cabaret to rock 'n' roll, country and more.

The Marriott cast also includes Roger Anderson (Jacob/Potiphar, Ishmaelite), Kevin Barthel (Zebulan, "One More Angel"), Don Denton (Isaacher), Andrew Keltz (Napthali), Brandon Koller (Dan), Christian Libonati (Benjamin), Ryan Reilly (Asher), Arbender Robinson (Judah, "Benjamin Calypso"), Jason Shuffler (Levi), Joe Tokarz (Simeon, Baker), J. Tyler Whitmer (Gad) and George Andrew Wolff (Rueben).

The production's ensemble features Lyndsey Cole, Ericka Mac, Summer Rich and Laura E. Taylor.

* The show premiered as a 30-minute rock student cantata in 1968 before being reshaped and professionally staged as a musical in 1972. It opened at the Royale Theatre on Broadway in 1982, receiving eight Tony Award nominations and playing for 747 performances. It was revived on Broadway in 1993 at the Minskoff Theatre for an additional 231 performances. A London revival also mounted in 1993 starred Jason Donovan, followed by Donny Osmond, as Joseph. Osmond's performance was filmed and released on DVD. The production has been performed by more than 20,000 amateur theatre groups and schools and is currently back in the West End in a new production cast via a reality TV contest.

Musical direction and vocal arrangements are by Michael Mahler. The creative team includes sound designer Cecil Averett, properties designer Greg Isaac, costume designer Nancy Missimi, set designer Tom Ryan and lighting designer Diane Ferry Williams.

Patti Garwood conducts the Marriott Theatre orchestra, with orchestrations by David Sigel.

To reserve tickets, call the Marriott Theatre box office at (847) 634-0200 or visit www.marriotttheatre.com.

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