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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Arrive in Houston With an Updated Version

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It's the story of the trials of Joseph, the kid who was his father's favorite out of 12 brothers and had the special coat to prove it, and could see the future through dreams (although somehow he missed that his envious brothers would throw him in a pit and sell him to slavers carrying him on down to Egypt land).

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is on its way back to Houston thanks to Theatre Under the Stars and this rebuffed version stars the husband-wife duo of Diana DeGarmo (Narrator) and Ace Young (Joseph).

Both were American Idol contestants who first met on Broadway in the 2009 revival of HAIR, and six months into their marriage decided they wanted to be working in the same place if possible - when the national tour of Joseph presented them with exactly that opportunity. Now, just over a year later, they and the tour are still going strong with about two months left in the national run.

Joseph is the first produced musical Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera) and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King) did together when they were in college. The show has been updated at various points and now has a multimedia aspect, DeGarmo says. "It definitely makes the show leap off the stage and into the audience," she adds.

Young talks about the new energy that's been instilled in the show. "There's no throwaway moment in the show anywhere. We're like a p90x workout for everyone." He also says he thinks Joseph has lasted so well because of the diversity of the genres of music in the show, which is unlike Weber and Rice's other productions.

"You have a hoedown, you have big belting Broadway numbers, you have calypso. You have dancers that are so overqualified. They have to do everything from contemporary to hip-hop to tap. They're covering the whole spectrum of dance and singing at the same time."

Performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat are scheduled for March 17-29 at the Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. For information visit tuts.com or call 713-558-8887. $44.50 - $125.

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