Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Uncharacteristically Plausible (and Perky) at Peoria's Arizona Broadway Theatre

The setup: Whether you embrace or avoid contemporary musical theater, you've heard of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, he of the dancing, spandex-clad kittycats and singing choo-choo trains on roller skates, the man who (with the able assistance of iconic source material and talented collaborators) gave us the desire to have Argentina not cry for us and the huge, falling chandelier of The Phantom of the Opera, which helped whet the appetite for outsize spectacle that consumes our stage to this day.

If you were standing right in front of Baron Lloyd-Webber, particularly if you were in the United Kingdom at the time, you'd properly address him as "My Lord" (which feels a bit too spot-on for the man who scored Jesus Christ Superstar). This is because he has not only been knighted for his service, he's been awarded a peerage. He gets to serve in Parliament. His children are known as "The Honourable." But considering how we choose our own legislators lately, I'm not gonna squawk.

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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
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