For those who want to see a biblical story (straight outta the Book of Genesis!) turned into a spectacle of music and dancing, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat comes to the Corona, headlined by Chanlon Jay Kaufman in the titular role. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music and Tim Rice’s lyrics made this an international hit (and provided Donny Osmond some theater mileage in the late ’90s) that details a comic and colorful journey of young dreamer Joseph and his misadventures with his 11 siblings. The musical and choreography is across the board, from ’50s rock (“Song of the King”) to calypso (“Benjamin Calypso”) to disco (“Go, Go, Go, Go Joseph”). While Moulin Rouge! might have seemed fresh and exciting by melding MTV generation music with turn-of-the-century cabaret, Joseph (which debuted in a 15-minute format in 1968) was way ahead of the curve with the idea of filtering contemporary songs and genres through a classical medium. And with a family-friendly storyline, universal themes and catchy music, it’s a no-brainer why this show has proven to be an immensely popular production. Produced in partnership with Off-Broadway Christian Theater and the Inland Vineyard Christian Fellowship church, the show’s cast is anchored by Kaufman, who is known to SoCal audiences for his role as Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Performance Riverside) and Fabrizio in Light in the Piazza (Lamb’s Players Theatre, Coronado). The cast also includes Jimmy Saiz as Reuben, Rodger Taylor as Jacob and Garrett Goodell as Pharaoh.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Inland Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 935 N. McKinley St., Corona, (951) 264-5794; www.inlandvineyard.org, April 30-May 2, 7:30PM (+2PM show May 2), $5.