'Amazing Dreamcoat' opens at 2 p.m. today at Bankhead

Performances scheduled for three days each weekend through Aug. 8

The Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre will continue its production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" starting at 2 p.m. today at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

The performance, which opened Friday night, blends humor with the stunning music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.

The delightful musical parable unfolds the Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged.

He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar's wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph's gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command.

Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel.

This production stars Min Kahng as Joseph, Alex Orenberg as Pharoah and Catherine Gloria as the Narrator.

Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays/Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays from July 23-Aug. 8, at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore.

Tickets are $35 for adults (18-60), $33 for seniors (60-plus), and $25 for juniors (under 18). The Bankhead Theater will add $1.50 to the price of each ticket. Tickets may be purchased on the, by phone at 373-6800, or by visiting the Bankhead Theater ticket window

For more information visit the Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre website.

— Dolores Fox Ciardelli

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Posted by Chris O.
a resident of Valley Trails
on Jul 28, 2010 at 11:28 am

My wife and I saw this production last Friday night and it was so much FUN! Another GREAT production for Tri-Valley Rep. Congrats! If you haven't done so, go and buy your tickets. Definitely fun for the entire family and the time is perfect for even the younger ones at 1 hour 45 minutes, so bring the children and have a great time!

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Posted by BIG FAN
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 3, 2010 at 5:54 pm

We saw this on Sunday afternoon.

I've seen 6 productions of Joseph, ranging from community theatre to a professional traveling production, and this has got to be one of the BEST!

Joseph is amazing (pardon the pun) and the mens ensemble belts out their tunes beautifully. Even the most slow part of the show was pepped up and we were thoroughly entertained throughout.

Definitely worth the price of admission and every seat in the house is great.

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