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Phipps stages 'Joseph' next month

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, will be performed July 10-Aug. 2 at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

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"Joseph" was the first collaboration between the famed composer and lyricist. Set to a high-energy mixture of musical styles, from country western and calypso to pop and rock 'n' roll, the tale is based on an Old Testament story has been a family favorite since its debut in the early '90s.

In Canaan, a man named Jacob lives with his 12 sons. One of his sons, Joseph, has received a colorful coat from his father while the others wear sheepskin, which infuriates the brothers. In addition, Joseph's apparent ability to interpret dreams is the last straw as they foretell that he is destined to rule over them. To get rid of Joseph, and to prevent the dreams from coming true, the brothers sell Joseph as a slave to a passer-by who takes him to Egypt.

Back home, his brothers, accompanied by their wives, break the news to Jacob that Joseph has been killed. They show his tattered coat smeared with blood, which is actually goat blood, as proof that Joseph is dead.

Throughout the story, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged.

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is a tale of many elements: a young man who understands dreams, sibling rivalry, attempted murder, prison, a rise to power, a gorgeous coat and, of course, singing and dancing.

Tickets:

Performances are July 10 through Aug. 2 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. on the main stage. Tickets are $23 for adults and $16 for all students with a current ID, with a $2 discount for the opening weekend, and a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinees. Discounts are available by purchasing season tickets. For reservations, contact The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or online at www.ThePhipps.org.

Champagne brunch cruise and theater packages are available for the Sunday matinees. For reservations, contact Afton-Hudson Cruise Lines at (651) 436-8883 or www.AftonHouseInn. com.

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