Prince Andrew Abraham debuts as a director with a Broadway classic
The popular Broadway musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, is being recreated as part of St George’s School’s tercentenary celebrations. And Prince Andrew Abraham is making his directorial debut with it. The city-based theatre artiste—who played Le Fou in Disney Live Entertainment’s debut theatre venture in India, The Beauty And The Beast—is excited about transporting audiences to ancient Canaan and Egypt with the biblical story.
Set to the original music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber — expect a mix of genres, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll. The 75-minute musical narrates the story of Joseph, a boy blessed with prophetic dreams, and his colourful coat that comes to life. “Almost 95 per cent of the cast comprise of amateur actors, ranging from eight to the late 50s,” begins Abraham, adding, “They may be new to theatre but not to singing, as they all have been part of church choirs in the city. So it was not a difficulty training them.”
Joshua Williams, the producer tells us, “There’s nothing that we have outsourced—be it props, costumes or the set. We have designed and made everything from scratch.” Prince Phinehas, a Chennai-based fashion designer, was roped in to design the costumes that are “simple yet era-specific”. Abraham, who is also a trained Western classical singer (he will be part of Disney’s sequel, in Mumbai and New Delhi, this year) hopes this will be the first step to creating a theatre ensemble that focusses on musical plays. Williams, a music instructor at the school, also has plans to establish a theatre production group, St George’s Georgians, that will be open to the public.
Today and tomorrow, at the Museum Theatre, from 6.30 pm onwards. Tickets from Rs 300 onward. Details: ticketnew.com