It was a sold-out musical that by no means received to the stage as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
However now the forged and crew of London-based Musical Theatre Productions’ Joseph and the Wonderful Technicolor Dreamcoat are hoping its creator, Andrew Lloyd Webber, may take discover of a video they’ve created of the present’s opening and shutting quantity, Any Dream Will Do.
The video options greater than 20 of the manufacturing’s forged and crew, every recording their vocals on a cellphone or laptop with the background music of Webber enjoying the music on piano.
Director Andrew Dodd spliced collectively the movies with an introduction aimed toward Webber, who had issued a problem for individuals to sing alongside to his music whereas in isolation as a result of pandemic.
“We’re hoping this video will get all the way in which to the large man (Webber) himself,” mentioned Dodd, who was directing his first present. Scheduled to open final Friday — World Theatre Day — on the Grand Theatre’s McManus Stage, the present has been offered out since January.
However on March 13, the Grand introduced it was cancelling its season and shutting its doorways to the general public, together with outdoors productions.
“The timing of (Webber’s) put up was good,” mentioned Dodd, who has messaged Webber on social media however not heard again.
“He put out the problem just some days earlier than we’d have opened. He was simply doing his half to maintain individuals engaged and it was an ideal alternative to unite our forged and crew once more.”
The video may be considered on Musical Theatre Productions Fb web page. The theatre firm additionally held a Digital Karaoke on Saturday evening when members and associates despatched in movies of themselves performing songs from their properties.
Joseph and the Wonderful Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical comedy with music by Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice that tells the saga of Joseph from the Bible’s Ebook of Genesis.
Regardless of the heartache of cancelling the sold-out run of 12 exhibits, Musical Theatre Productions’ producer Andrew Kaszowski mentioned his firm helps the Grand’s choice.
“It’s essential to guard the general public, our forged and our workforce,” mentioned Kaszowski.
“We’re hopeful that we can do one thing (with Joseph) when it’s secure to take action. However I believed we wanted one thing like this, one thing uplifting that sends a constructive message that was inspiring. We simply wanted to do it.”
Added Dodd: “In a manner, this case with the pandemic is bringing individuals nearer collectively than they’d have been in any other case. In occasions like this, in a scenario that impacts all of us, it creates a social bond as a result of it’s pure for individuals to need to join with different individuals.”
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