I Love This Play…

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We just got back from seeing an amazing performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

It’s easily my, and my wife’s, favorite play.

We first saw a production of this when our two oldest kids were in grade school. We loved the play from that night forward (the fact that both our sons were in the play probably had something to do with it), and since then we have seen the show multiple times.

We have seen middle school, high school, college (go Nova!), church school, local community theater, and national touring versions of the play. Each time we see it is a little different, with the director and the actors add their own little tweaks to the performance. I can honestly say that every show we have seen has been amazing, just like Joseph’s coat. We also own the movie version of the play, starring Donny Osmond.

One of my favorite things about the play is that it includes multiple musical genres, including parodies of French ballads (“Those Canaan Days”), Elvis-inspired rock and roll (“Song of the King”), western (“One More Angel In Heaven”), 1920s Charleston (“Potiphar”), and Calypso (“Benjamin Calypso”).

It’s also just a great story (although there is virtually no dialogue, the entire play is essentially sung) about believing in your dreams, forgiveness, redemption, and the powerful bonds that unite families.

And as always, there’s just something about the magic of the theater, watching people who are passionate about what they do, and are willing to share their talents with the world.

If you’ve never seen the play, I can’t recommend it highly enough. Here is list of the tour dates, there’s a chance it may be coming to a town near you.

Tour Dates

I want to include at least one song from the play, but since they are all so great, it is hard to pick just one. So instead, here is a video of the closing song, which is referred to as the Megamix. It includes little bits from each song, giving you a sense of the musical variety. It’s the closing song, and it’s a great way to end the show, and introduce all the performers to the audience.

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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