It’s the spectacle of religion that lingers the longest in people’s memories, the element of ancient faiths that keep them alive as myths long after their believers have died. Lightning being thrown by Zeus, Moses parting the Red Sea with the wave of his own hand, or a boy rising to power in a strange country with a coat as beautiful and varied as a rainbow.
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” which adds its own heaping helping of spectacle to the classic Bible story, will be coming to Salt Lake’s Hale Centre Theatre August 2 through September 24 (tickets are available online). The show, for those who haven’t seen it before, tells the story of Joseph of Egypt almost entirely through song, big set pieces, and more than a few large-scale complicated dance numbers done in a variety of musical styles (including island and country – somehow, it ends up working).
Taking all that into account, Hale has decided to take things up even one more notch. In addition to a huge camel run by two technicians, the show will have a Lucite color-changing stage and a custom overhead LED lighting system. The titular coat is getting the most specialized treatment – it will be white and covered in its own set of LED lights, which will provide the color and can be manipulated by the theater’s lighting techs.