A stellar international cast is today announced to perform one of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat when it tours New Zealand, starting in Auckland at Easter.
Winner of one of South Africa’s most prestigious theatre awards, a Naledi award, Earl Gregory will play the lead role of Joseph, reprising a role that thrust him on to the world stage almost a decade ago. Since then he has been in demand by producers around the globe. His other credits include playing Seaweed in Hairspray, directed by Broadway’s Matt Lenz; touring Asia as Chad in High School Musical; Dreamgirls directed by Broadway’s Robert Longbottom; Rum Tum Tugger in Cats and as Anthony in Sweeney Todd.
Earl says he is beyond thrilled to be coming to New Zealand and to be playing the role that thrust him into international stardom.
Making a triumphant return to New Zealand in the role of Pharaoh is Jonathan Roxmouth who dazzled audiences some nine years ago as Danny Zuko in the international touring cast of Grease the Musical.
His interpretation of Judas Iscariot in Jesus Christ Superstar earned him the Fleur Du Cap Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. Then came his big break – Pieter Toerien and The Really Useful Group’s record-breaking return production of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. Jonathan played the Phantom himself and was catapulted into a new phase of his career. He garnered the Fleur Du Cap and Naledi Awarda for Best Performance in a Musical as well as the Artes Legends Award then toured with the production to Asia, making history as the youngest English-speaking Phantom yet and winning the Broadway World Award for his performance.
Joining them on stage are actors from a league of nations and backgrounds, from pop stars to TV action heroes; this cast is one of the most thrilling to be welcomed on to our shores.
With past credits including The Lion King, German-trained Calvyn Grandling plays Levi while Kenneth Meyer, playing Reuben, is fresh from a tour of the musical blockbuster Jersey Boys in the lead role of Bob Gaudio.
Playing The Narrator is Belgium-born Louise Duhain who comes to us from Legally Blonde, while in the role of Dan is Richard Gau whose credits include Dirty Dancing and Singin’ in the Rain.
Dean Roberts, who plays Jacob, is also no stranger to New Zealand having been here before with the stage hit We Will Rock You. He has since toured with High School Musical, Cabaret, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, The Rocky Horror Show, Fame and Sister Act.
A graduate of the Broadway Dance Center and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York City, Sonwabiso Sakuba – playing Benjamin – has worked with some of the world’s greatest choreographers and danced for international hip hop rapper Cam’ron.
James Cundall, CEO of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and producer of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat says “I am thrilled to be able to bring a cast of this calibre to New Zealand, in a show that is such a favourite across all ages. Over the years we have built a reputation in New Zealand as producers of top quality international musical theatre with shows such as Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Cats, The Sound of Music and Singin’ in the Rain. I’m sure Joseph will achieve the same high standards and level of enjoyment that our audiences have come to expect of our international productions.”
A joyous retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph, his 11 scheming brothers and his coat of many colours, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a kaleidoscope of catchy songs and colourful dance numbers – Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door to Me and Go Go Go Joseph – parodying various musical styles from rock ‘n’ roll to country and western, French ballad, calypso and jazz.