Flat Rock Playhouse to Present JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT This SummerThe Flat Rock Playhouse 2017 season will continue with one of its most beloved musicals, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

This mega-musical of Biblical proportions follows the story of Joseph, whose coat of many colors sparks the envy of his brothers and leads him on the journey to greatness.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat returns to Flat Rock Playhouse as the irresistible family-friendly reimagining of the Biblical tale of Joseph, Israel's favorite son and features an infectious and unforgettable score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita). The story begins with Joseph and his eleven brothers, who believe their father strongly favors Joseph. When Joseph has a dream that he believes shows he will rule over his brothers, their jealousy reaches its peak, and they sell him as a slave. Joseph's talent for interpreting dreams saves him from a life of slavery and leads him to being the powerful right hand man of the Pharaoh.

Premiering on the West End in 1970 and Broadway in 1982, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was met with commercial and critical success. It received 6 Tony nominations including Best Musical and Best Original Score. The show has seen two revivals on Broadway and London along with a film adaptation starring Donny Osmond as Joseph. This musical features notable favorites like, "Any Dream Will Do," "Close Every Door," and "Go Go Go Joseph."

Newcomers to the Flat Rock Playhouse stage are Lance Bordelon and Jessica Crouch portraying the roles of Joseph and the Narrator, respectively. Also featured in the cast of over 40 performers are Preston Dyar, Scott Treadway, Erin Rubico, MAddie Franke, Stephen Sheffer, a youth ensemble (the "TechniKids") and the 2017 Apprentice Company.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be directed and choreographed by Amy Jones. Ethan Andersen is the Musical Director. Joining Jones and Andersen on the production team are Dennis C. Maulden, CJ Barnwell, Ashli Arnold and Kurt Conway as the Scenic, Light, Costume and Sound designers respectively. Bill Muñoz will be Stage Manager with Lindsey A. Moss as Assistant Stage Manager. Paul Feraldi is Props Master.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is presented by Mainstage Series Sponsor Henderson County Tourism Development Authority (visithendersonvillenc.org) with BMW of Asheville serving as Opening Night Sponsor. The Executive Producers of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat are CarePartners Foundation and Boyd Chevrolet Cadillac Buick.

Due to the overwhelming success of Special Family Pricing for Annie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will also have Special Family Pricing available with youth tickets as low as $15.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will run July 28th through August 20th at The Flat Rock Playhouse Clyde and Nina Allen Mainstage. Performances Wednesday, Thursday evenings at 7:30PM, Friday and Saturday evenings 8:00PM, matinees Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Tickets are $15 - $50 and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse box office at 828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-732-8008 or online at www.flatrockplayhouse.org.

The Flat Rock Playhouse Clyde and Nina Allen Mainstage is located at 2661 Greenville Hwy Flat Rock, NC 28731.

In 1937, a group of struggling performers, led by Robroy Farquhar, organized themselves as the Vagabond Players. The Vagabonds worked in a variety of places over the course of three years, and in 1940 found themselves in the Blue Ridge region of Western North Carolina. The local and tourist community welcomed them with open arms when they presented their first summer season of plays in a 150-year-old grist mill they converted into The Old Mill Playhouse at Highland Lake. So successful was that summer, they returned in 1941. After WWII, the Vagabond Players reorganized, came back to the region and opened a playhouse in nearby Lake Summit. The Lake Summit Playhouse thrived during the post war years and soon the Vagabond Players were looking for a larger and permanent home. In 1952, the troupe of performers, and a newly formed board of directors, made an offer to buy an 8-acre lot in the Village of Flat Rock. This new home made the Vagabonds "locals" and a rented big top gave birth to Flat Rock Playhouse. As the beautiful Western Carolina region continued to grow, so did the Playhouse and in 1961, by Act of the North Carolina General Assembly, Flat Rock Playhouse was officially designated The State Theatre of North Carolina. What began as a few weeks of summer performances in 1940 is now a nine-month season of plays including Broadway musicals, comedy, drama, and theatre for young audiences. The Playhouse's dual mission of producing the performing arts and providing education in the performing arts includes a professional series; a summer and fall college apprentice and intern program; and Studio 52, year-round classes and workshops in theatre and film for students from kindergarten through adults. Flat Rock Playhouse now hosts over 98,000 patrons annually and is a significant contributor to the local economy and the Arts in North Carolina.

Pictured: Jessica Crouch and Lance Bordelon star in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage. Photo by Treadshots.

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