London Joseph Revival to Open at the Adelphi in July

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The revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the climax to the latest reality television casting venture "Any Dream Will Do," will open at London's Adelphi Theatre July 17 following previews that begin July 6.
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber

As with BBC-TV's "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?," which discovered Sound of Music star Connie Fisher, "Any Dream Will Do" will also seek new West End talent, this time to play the lead role of Joseph. Lloyd Webber and Rice's musical follows the biblical tale of the title character, who is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers.

Joseph played on Broadway in 1982 with Bill Hutton as Joseph and Laurie Beechman as the Narrator. It was then revived in 1993 with Michael Damian and Kelli Rabke in those roles.

In 1967 the show originally took the form of a 20-minute piece composed for Colet Court St. Paul's Junior School. The forthcoming West End version, revives Steven Pimlott's London Palladium production, with design by Mark Thompson and choreography by Anthony Van Laast.

The production replaces Evita, another Rice-Lloyd Webber musical, which finishes its run May 26.

The judging panel for "Any Dream Will Do" includes West End and Broadway star Denise Van Outen, producer Bill Kenwright, stage actor John Barrowman and voice coach Zoe Tyler.

For more on Joseph, which is booking until Jan. 5, 2008, call (0)870 895 5598.

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