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Thu, Mar 3, 2011 3:22 PM by Jessica Brooks
For the first time the colorful musical celebration by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice will delight Japanese audiences in Tokyo. The premiere in Tokyo, Japan is TODAY and will run for two-weeks.
This tour is made possible through Broadway Asia International and Thirty Saints Production Company, Ordway Performing Art Center's recent production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” directed by James Rocco, and starring American Idol star Anthony Fedorov.
Twin Cities Artists Involved: Jairus Abts, Lisa Bartholomew-Given, Marnie Buckner, AJ Eskridge, Jessica Fredrickson, Larissa Gritti, Reid Harmsen, Brian Kim, Caliea Kohler, Timotha Lanae, Kinaundrae Lee, Joel Liestman, Anne Lukaska, Lucy Niver, Bridget Noltimier, Andrew Rasmussen, Randy Schmeling, John R. Sloan, Jered Tanner, Kameron Taylor; and Tony Vierling, along with creative and managerial team members.
Check back for more updates from the cast and crew about the tour throughout the next two weeks!
The Children's Chorus in Japan
Tue, Dec 21, 2010 8:58 AM by Anthony Fedorov
Thanks to everyone who has come out to see the show thus far! Here are a few videos I've taken or been a part of during my time in the Twin Cities.
Anthony On Stage
Anthony at Tree Lighting Ceremony in Rice Park
Tue, Dec 14, 2010 3:12 PM by Ryan Jones
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opened last week. Below are some reviews from theater critics in town. But we want to hear from you. What did you think of the performance? Your thoughts are important to us, so comment below!
St. Paul Pioneer Press: http://www.twincities.com/stage/ci_16836696
Sun, Dec 12, 2010 3:02 PM by Ryan Jones
Saturday’s severe weather created a dilemma for every local theater as they decided whether or not to cancel their evening performances. The Ordway’s standing policy is that the show will go on as long as local freeways are open. However, late in the afternoon, Metro Transit suspended all bus service and MnDOT issued an order stating that no travel was advised, even though the freeways were still open. At the same time, we also learned that some of our cast (including some of the 41 children) would be unable to get to the Ordway. In the interest of safety for our patrons, cast and crew, we therefore made the difficult decision to cancel the evening show. We posted a notice on our website, changed our phone greeting, and issued a media alert. We also made sure that Ordway staff would be at the front door to explain the situation to ticket holders who arrived at the theater. Unfortunately, a few patrons did not hear about the cancellation and were understandably frustrated to arrive at the theater only to learn that weather had forced a cancellation. On the other hand, our 2pm show did proceed on schedule but many patrons were unable to get here, causing frustration for them as well.
The Ordway is fully committed to serving all patrons holding tickets to the Saturday performances. We will offer free exchange privileges to another performance of Joseph, which runs through January 2. Patrons may contact us online at email@example.com or by calling 651.224.4222 on Monday. We are committed to serving all Ordway patrons and deeply regret this situation that forced cancellations at nearly every venue in the Twin Cities.
Posted in Joseph
Sat, Dec 11, 2010 5:06 PM by Ryan Jones
Sunday Update: Both performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat today will go on as scheduled. If you need to exchange your tickets from Saturday into another performance please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us back on Monday to make arrangements. Thanks for your patronage and enjoy the show!
Due to the extreme weather conditions, the 7:30pm performance of Joseph for Saturday, December 11 has been CANCELLED.
We don't want the snow to stop you from getting the chance to see this amazing Holiday spectacular so we will exchange your tickets into another performance. Email us at email@example.com or call us back on Monday to make arrangements. Thanks for your patronage and enjoy the show!
If you’re calling regarding one of the Sunday performances, we anticipate the performances will go as scheduled.
Check back for updates, and Happy Holidays!
Posted in Joseph
Sat, Dec 11, 2010 12:00 PM by Ryan Jones
This Saturday's performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be taking place. If you have been calling our box office, we apologize for the wait time and thank you for your patience. If you need to exchange your Saturday tickets, we will be able to make the exchange through Monday at noon if you'd like to call back at 651.224.4222. If you decide to venture out, please drive safely.
UPDATE: The 7:30 performance of Joseph for Saturday, December 11 has now been CANCELLED. You may exchange your tickets between now and Monday at noon. See the latest blog post for more details.
Posted in Joseph
Fri, Dec 10, 2010 10:23 AM by Kristie Gaalswyk
To help us kick off our official opening night of Joseph, MyTalk107.1 will be broadcasting The Lori and Julia Show live in the Ordway lobby from 3—6p.m. this Friday, December 10. Anthony Fedorov will be interviewed during the broadcast about his experience playing Joseph and being a part of Season Four of American Idol. In addition to the broadcast, MyTalk107.1 will be hosting a Santa Stop collection box in the foyer to collect small toys and gift cards for the Ronald McDonald House. Tune in today for behind-the-scenes information on Joseph!
If you’re coming to see the show tonight, be sure to bring a donated item to put in the Santa Stop collection box!
Posted in Joseph
Wed, Dec 8, 2010 3:21 PM by Ryan Jones
Jennifer Paz, who plays the Narrator in our production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, recently talked with KARE 11 and WCCO TV about the show.
KARE 11’s 4pm News
WCCO TV’s Noon News
Mon, Dec 6, 2010 12:17 PM by Kristie Gaalswyk
It's finally here! Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat opens this week! To celebrate we thought we would give our loyal readers a chance to see photos from the show's tech rehearsals.
Thu, Dec 2, 2010 5:54 PM by Anthony Fedorov
At last we are now rehearsing at the Ordway. Not that I didn’t enjoy rehearsing at our previous rehearsing space…I did. But now that we are finally on stage and there are all these seats that are just waiting to be filled with people, the butterflies start to come in, and not the nervous kind, the "I’m excited" kind. I am ready to start.
Also, now that we are getting closer and closer to that opening night, I’ve been doing some press to help promote the show. I’ve done some TV interviews, newspaper interviews, as well as performances around town.
Just a few days ago, I performed at the lighting of the Christmas tree ceremony in Rice Park, which is right next to the Ordway. I sang “Any Dream Will Do”. I got up there with my flip cam and filmed the crowd cheering. That was fun. You can see this performance in a video I'll post to the blog soon. Then I participated in the Holidazzle Parade. I stood on a float and waived as I was passing by. What surprised me the most was the amount of people who came out to see the parade in this freezing weather. But I was told that this parade has been a tradition here for a long time so it was great to see so many people there. Even though I could not feel my hands or feet or anything pretty much, I had a blast.
I also found out that there is a bus that is completely wrapped with Joseph. That’s cool!!!!! I took a picture next it (see below!)
It’s really great to see everyone in their costumes because now I really get to see how the characters come out. This is a very talented cast so the overall picture just keeps growing more and more.
I am going to be wearing a different wig this time around. It will make me look a bit more rigid than in previous productions and I like that. At the end of this week, we will be rehearsing with the orchestra for the first time. I can’t for that. There is nothing better than a live orchestra!
I took some pics of my outfits so you guys get an idea of what I am wearing in the show (again stay tuned in to this blog to see them in the next few days).
The first preview is on the 7th. This show is going to be great.
Until next time, Joseph signing off…:)
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