Royale Theatre, (1/27/1982 - 9/04/1983)

Opening Date: Jan 27, 1982
Closing Date: Sep 04, 1983
Total Performances: 747

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)

Produced by Zev Bufman, Susan R. Rose, Melvyn J. Estrin, Sidney Shlenker and Gail Berman; Produced by arrangement with The Robert Stigwood Organization Ltd. and David Land; Associate Producer: Thomas Pennini, Jean Luskin, Jerome Edson and The Rose

Originally directed by Frank Dunlop at the The Young Vic (Frank Dunlop: Director); Originally directed at Ford's Theatre in the United States by James D. Waring; Originally choreographed at Ford's Theatre in the United States by Wayne Cilento

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice; Book by Tim Rice; Music arranged by Martin Silvestri and Jeremy Stone; Music orchestrated by Martin Silvestri and Jeremy Stone; Musical Director: David Friedman

Directed by Tony Tanner; Choreographed by Tony Tanner

Scenic Design by Karl Eigsti; Lighting Design by Barry Arnold; Costume Design by Judith Dolan; Sound Design by Tom Morse; Wig Design by Charles LoPresto; Beaded Headpieces Designed by Paige Southard

General Manager: Theatre Now, Inc.; Company Manager: Helen V. Meier

Production Stage Manager: Michael Martorella; Stage Manager: John Fennessy

Musical Supervisor: Martin Silvestri and Jeremy Stone; Copyist: Music Services Int'l, Ltd.; Orchestra Personnel Manager: Earl Shendell

Casting: Meg Simon and Fran Kumin; General Press Representative: Fred Nathan & Associates; Dance Captain: Joni Masella; Photographer: Martha Swope and Associates; Advertising: Ash / LeDonne

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Opening Night Cast

Bill HuttonJoseph
(Jan 27, 1982 - Jun 23, 1982)
David ArdaoPotiphar
Laurie BeechmanNarrator
(Jan 27, 1982 - Nov 30, 1982)
Tom CarderPharaoh
Philip CarrubbaBenjamin
Robert HymanReuben
Randon LoMrs. Potiphar
Chorus Woman
Steve McNaughtonLevi
Charlie SerranoNapthali
Gordon StanleyJacob
David AsherAsher
Lorraine BarrettChorus Woman
Karen BoganChorus Woman
Kenneth BryanSimeon
Katharine BuffaloeChorus Woman
Lauren GolerChorus Woman
Stephen HopeJudah
Peter KapetanIssachar
Joni MasellaChorus Woman
Kathleen Rowe McAllenChorus Woman
James RichDan
Barry TaralloGad
Doug VoetZebulon
Renée WarrenChorus Woman

Swings: John Ganzer and Rosalyn Rahn

Understudies: David Asher (Jacob), Kenneth Bryan (Ishmaelite, Potiphar), Rosalyn Rahn (Narrator), James Rich (Ishmaelite, Pharaoh) and Doug Voet (Joseph)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1982 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Zev Bufman, Susan R. Rose, Melvyn J. Estrin, Sidney Shlenker and Gail Berman

 1982 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Tim Rice

 1982 Best Original Score [nominee] 

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice

 1982 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Bill Hutton

 1982 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Laurie Beechman

 1982 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Tony Tanner

 1982 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Tony Tanner

Drama Desk Award

 1982 Outstanding Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Zev Bufman, Susan R. Rose, Melvyn J. Estrin, Sidney Shlenker and Gail Berman

 1982 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Laurie Beechman

 1982 Outstanding Director of a Musical [nominee] 

Tony Tanner

Theatre World

winner 1982 Award [recipient] 

Laurie Beechman


music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics by Tim Rice

ACT 1 Sung By
Jacob and Sons / Joseph's CoatNarrator, Brothers, Jacob, Joseph and Women
Joseph's DreamsNarrator, Joseph and Brothers
Poor, Poor JosephNarrator, Brothers and Women
One More Angel in HeavenLevi and Brothers
PotipharNarrator, Women, Mrs. Potiphar, Potiphar and Joseph
Close Every DoorJoseph and Women
Stone the CrowsNarrator, Pharaoh, Joseph, Women and Men
Pharaoh's StoryNarrator and Women
ACT 2 Sung By
Poor Poor Pharaoh / Song of the KingNarrator, Pharaoh, Women and Men
Pharaoh's Dream ExplainedJoseph, Women and Men
Stone the CrowsNarrator, Pharaoh, Joseph, Women and Men
Those Canaan DaysReuben and Brothers
The Brothers Came to Egypt / Grovel, GrovelNarrator, Brothers, Joseph and Women
Who's the Thief?Joseph, Brothers and Women
Benjamin CalypsoNapthali and Brothers
Joseph All the TimeNarrator, Joseph, Brothers and Women
Jacob in EgyptJoseph, Brothers and Women
Any Dream Will DoJoseph and Company
May I Return to the BeginningCompany


New York Daily News: "'Joseph' is a youthful dream"

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" opened at the off-Broadway Entermedia Theater on November 18, 1981 and transferred to the Royale on January 27, 1982.

Before "Jesus Christ, Superstar" and "Evita," Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" as a 25-minute college frolic. Despite its intended early audience, the musical is by no means sophomoric, even though it crackles with the youthful energy one normally associates with the school-tie set. Expanded now to some 90 minutes, "Joseph" is an exuberant revel on the biblical story of Joseph and his brothers underscored by the perky dances and swift pacing of choreographer-director Tony Tanner.

In "Joseph" one can detect techniques Webber and Rice employed so successfully in the later "Superstar" and "Evita": a story told entirely through song; a score shaped from many genres and rhythms - country-western, rock, calypso, soft shoe, French chanson - to lend variety to both music and character; the use of a narrator to introduce and comment on the action.

Tanner, in addition, builds laughter with sudden surprises, choreography based on ancient Egyptian art and even circus devices. Right at the beginning, Joseph and his 11 brothers scramble out of a hovel just large enough to fit a dwarf, a variation on the old clowns-out-of-the-car bit. Pharoah buys the hero with a yard's worth of credit cards and couriers arrive breathlessly on scooters. Indeed, "Joseph" is much like a fairy tale seen through a Barnum and Bailey filter.

Joseph's story unfolds via narrator Laurie Beechman, who plays impishly and sings robustly. She reminds us that Joseph is Jacob's favorite, a fact which ruffles the the 11 other sons. When Jacob, innocently, lays a coat of many colors on his favorite, that cuts it with the brothers. They gang up on poor Joe and, after inhaling a few tokes from itinerant camel pedlars, sell him into slavery.

But, in the Webber-Rice version, it is difficult to work up any malice agains the brothers because they're just a bunch of pot-smoking buffoons who are, in the bargain, excellent song-and-dance men. How can you hiss a choral group who explains the missing Joseph with an ironic, disarming song titled "One More Angel in Heaven"? Come on, man, this is a musical about innocence triumphant.

Tanner has cast well. His performers, leads and chorus, bring an engaging fantasy to their roles. They sing, with soundman Tom Morse's able assistance, clearly and with strength, a crucial factor in a show which has no dialogue. Bill Hutton's Joseph captures the archetype young hero of yore: He's slim, handsome, pure, noble, intelligent, courageous, sly and all those other things God seemed to like in the old days. Beechman, in fez, pantaloons and boots, dashes about the stage singing with a sort of cheerleader abandon that reflects the boundless enthusiasm of rah-rah spirit. And Tom Carder, who understudied the Che Guevara role in "Evita" and played it well several times, stops the show when he whips off his Pharoah robes and becomes, in a wonderfully loony moment, Elvis Presley hyping Joseph to go ahead with his dream interpretations. David Ardao and Randon Lo shape a scheming and seductive Mr. and Mrs. Potiphar and Robert Hyman offers a witty lead voice as he and the brothers lament those good old times in Canaan.

But Tanner's prime achievement is the integration of music, singing and story with Judith Dolan's anciently modern costumes, Barry Arnold's truly colorful lighting on Karl Eigsti's flexible, inventive set and Tanner's own choreography. It's almost as seamless as Joseph's coat.

I wonder, however, if "Joseph" is not too innocent, too rockishly simplistic, for a stage that has welcomed "Sweeney Todd" and "Evita." To enjoy it, one must fade back into youth and see with eyes one hasn't used for a long time. If you can do it, "Joseph" should be a joy.

New York Daily News

Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Royale Theatre

(1/27/1982 - 9/4/1983)
Assistant Conductor: Michael Tornick.

Dance Captain: Stephen Hope; Press Representative: Francine L. Trevens, Eileen McMahon.


Eric Aaron
Stephen Bourneuf
Sharon Brown
Narrator (Dec 1, 1982 - Sep 4, 1983)
David Cassidy
Joseph (Mar 6, 1983 - Sep 4, 1983)
Timmy Fauvell
Allen Fawcett
Joseph (Jun 24, 1982 - Nov 30, 1982)
John Ganzer
Andy Gibb
Joseph (Dec 1, 1982 - Jan 12, 1983)
Richard Hilton
Terry Iten
Chorus Woman
Joni Masella
Apache Dancer Role was cut during previews
Rosalyn Rahn
Chorus Woman
James Rich
D. Peter Samuel
Michael Speero
Dorothy Tancredi
Chorus Woman
Doug Voet
Joseph (Jan 13, 1983 - Mar 5, 1983)

Understudies: Michael Howell Deane (Jacob), John Ganzer (Joseph), Dorothy Tancredi (Narrator), Barry Tarallo (Pharaoh).

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