Next month, the West Orange community theatre Pleasant Valley Productions mounts Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Roosevelt Middle School in West Orange.
The show is directed by Camille Vecchio-DiLorenzo, with music direction by Ilene Greenbaum and choreography by New Providence’s Cindy Jung McArthur. The cast of 40 features Berkeley Heights resident Sam Rosalsky and Billy McArthur of New Providence.
For more than 30 years, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical has given audiences a new appreciation for Jacob’s favorite son. Joseph, a boy blessed with the ability to interpret dreams, is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt. He endures a series of trials and triumphs, from being thrown into jail to becoming Pharaoh’s second in command. Years later, Joseph’s brothers arrive in Egypt, starving and in need of help.Not recognizing their brother, they beg Joseph for assistance; eventually he reveals his identity and grants them all they desire. The story is told entirely in song, spanning musical styles from rock ‘n’ roll and country- western to calypso, pop, and more.
Pleasant Valley Productions was formed last year by theatre colleagues Camille Vecchio-DiLorenzo, Ilene Greenbaum, and Howie Tilkin to create a professional theatre experience for local area performers, audience members, students and volunteers while providing a broad range of musical theatre works.
Performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be held at Roosevelt Middle School, located at 36 Gilbert Place, West Orange. Performances will be Saturday, Feb. 9 and 16 at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.PleasantValleyProductions.org. For tickets, please visit www.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006.