by Teri Link
Talented Tri-States area youth and adults are gearing up for this summer’s blockbuster musical productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Into the Woods. While both plays are being jointly coordinated by the Grand Opera House’s Nick Halder and Rising Star Theatre Company’s Megan Schumacher, the stories themselves are quite different from each other.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the most popular shows of all time. It’s a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers, and the coat of many colors. Written in the 1960s by famous composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lyricist Tim Rice, this tale is a family-friendly story with familiar themes and catchy music. Into The Woods is a bit darker, although based on everybody’s favorite Brothers Grimm fairy tale characters. This musical is tied together by a childless baker and his wife who wish to have a family, their interaction with a witch who has placed a curse on them, and several other classic characters such as Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, and Jack, of the beanstalk story.
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