Dozens of competitors bid for roles in a professionally produced stage production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Bailiwick Chicago Theater's annual Chicago Casting Auction. Now, they're ready to take the stage for four performances only, January 31 - February 2, 2013 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, Joseph is co-directed by Bailiwick Chicago Executive Director Kate Garassino and Collective Member Christopher Pazdernik with music direction by Robert Ollis. Tickets are currently available at bailiwickchicago.com or by calling (773) 969-6201.
The cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat includes Jill Renn (Narrator), Rusty Rector (Joseph), Harvey Kaluzna (Pharoah), Amy Robbins (Rachel), Fran Kaluzna (Pharoah's Queen), Larry D. Blust (Jacob), Myles Tobin (Potiphar), Nancy Studenroth (Mrs. Potiphar), John Drexiler (Baker), Herb Quinde (Butler), Barry O'Driscoll (Reuben), Paula Goedert (Simeon), Carol Christensen (Levi), Stuart Burstein (Naphtali), Wendy Istvanick (Issachar), Javid Madix (Asher), Denise Doherty (Dan), Linda Effinger Quinde (Zebulun), Peg Wander (Gad), Kim Klein (Benjamin) and Andy Lambros (Judah) with Ali Bazell, Ben Branda, Nigeria Brooks, McKennen Campbell, Jenna Dreixler, Luke Emano, Declan Fuller, Annie Goldenberg, Maria Harrigan, Deb Hayes, Scott Hildebrand, Lina Hinostroza, Nicholas Hong, Rory Kopplin, Lina Klak, Marcie Klestil, Laura Ladewski, Dylan Lainez, Tian Chen Luo, Diana Lynch, Bliss McMahon, Sawyer Mills, Penny Reynolds, Ariel Rodriguez, Emily Rodriguez, Leatrice Berman Sandler, Thomas Serges, Emily Smagacz, Niani Soto, Emmy Stanley, Joe Studenroth, Eileen Sweeney, Myles Tanzer, Khilah Turnipseed, Nora Winsberg and Bennett Van York III. Joseph also features a children's chorus from Chicago's Franklin Arts Center.
A family favorite for decades, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat tells the story of a young man sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, but who rises to power in Egypt and manages to save his family's lives. The narrator guides the story and colorful cast through Andrew Lloyd Webber's family-friendly and eclectic score of pop music genres: from country western and disco to reggae and rock 'n' roll.