First of all, anything at The Fox Theatre is pretty much a sure thing for me. It's always been one of my very favorite places, and continues to be so, even though I really think it's just a little too big for Broadway shows. The average house on the Great White Way in NYC is considerably more intimiate than the Fox, because Broadway shows are written and meant for smaller houses. So if you attend a play or a show at the Fox and are too far away from the stage, you generally miss a lot that you would otherwise experience in an actual Broadway theatre.
Dreamcoat was Andrew Lloyd Webber's first published work. He wrote it in college, before Jesus Christ Superstar or some of his later, more sophisticated pieces, but it's enjoyable and family-friendly, and has held up well enough over the years. I have an original album soundtrack version of it somewhere that I bought when I was 12 or 13 and memorized, and even auditioned for a local production of it years ago and got the part, but couldn't work it out with my schedule.
That's all well and good, but it's the amazing story of Joseph, itself, that shines through and so resonates with me, regardless of the medium in which it's presented. It's probably my favorite Bible story...a story that is obviously about the power of dreams, but is also a saga of love and redemption, reconciliation in a dysfunctional family, and the mysteries of the prophetic. It's a story about survival and triumph...one that always inspires me, no matter how many times I hear it told (or sung or danced).
These days I really try to savor and enjoy every moment that I experience. I am grateful for my kids, for the wonderful time I had last night with two of them, for art and music and all that goes with it, for my beautiful Atlanta, and for the part of the Word that gives life, instead of the letter that kills. But today I am thinking particularly of Joseph...and about dreams...and about life...and about happy endings to stories of hardship. My favorite Scripture verses in the story are Genesis 50:19-21:
Joseph replied, "Don't be afraid. Do I act for God? Don't you see, you planned evil against me but God used those same plans for my good, as you see all around you right now—life for many people. Easy now, you have nothing to fear; I'll take care of you and your children." He reassured them, speaking with them heart-to-heart.
- The Message
Wow. I love it. And I relate to it.
Gotta go get ready for church...
Hold on to you dreams...