Trumpets' 1980s Musical "Joseph the Dreamer" Gets Re-staged, Topbilled by Sam Concepcion
Gathering some of the most promising and most formidable names in the local theatre industry, Trumpets’ presents a reimagined production of its hit musical, “Joseph the Dreamer.”
Joseph the Dreamer goes onstage February 21 to March 7 at the Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performing Arts Theatre and promises to recreate moments of sheer nostalgia for people who have experienced the magic of previous stagings. The updated material is aimed at reaching a newer, younger audience and has been given new twists and takes that make it more vibrant and playful yet somehow more profound.
Trumpets President Butch Jimenez says, “The time is ripe for younger generations to experience this incredible musical and the best way to reach them is to have millennials at the helm of this new production. We did not have to look far to assemble the best artistic team. “
Renowned concert director and stage actor Paolo Valenciano, who grew up witnessing the magic of Joseph the Dreamer, makes his theatre debut as Director. He has assembled only the finest young artists to form his team. Nelsito Gomez, accomplished theatre actor and rising new director, sits at his right hand as Associate Director. Myke Salomon, acclaimed Musical Director of Rak of Aegis and Ang Huling El Bimbo, puts on that hat once again for Joseph.”
Hip-hop group A-Team’s choreographer Mike Arda also lends his talent for the musical. The dance numbers for this his first theatre adventure will be as energetic and powerful as those his award-winning crew is known for.
Trumpets veteran and skilled scenographer Mio Infante, Sound Engineer Rards Corpus, and Lighting Director Dong Calingacion, who are all known for their brilliant work in their respective fields of expertise, round-off the artistic team.
Born and bred for theatre Sam Concepcion (The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, High School Musical, Peter Pan) returns to Trumpets and his first love playing the title role of Joseph after time away from theatre making a name for himself in mainstream entertainment. Playing his love interest, Asenath, is Kayla Rivera, who headlined a string of hit musicals including ATEG’s Beautiful.
The "King of Philippine Musical Theatre" Audie Gemora, who played Joseph in earlier runs, returns as Joseph’s father, Jacob.
Also returning is the original Benjamin, Carlo Orosa, who now plays multiple key characters that show off his flair for comedy including the role of Egypt’s Pharaoh.
A former member of the JTD ensemble and one of many Mrs. Potiphars, powerhouse performer Bituin Escalante is now Rachel, Jacob’s wife and Joseph’s mother.
“It is so good to have Sam, a mainstay of Trumpets, and Kayla, a Trumpets first-timer, in one production. Sparks really fly between them,” shares Audie. “And it is also nice to share the stage with returning cast members Carlo and Bituin.”
Completing the cast are Mitzi Lao, RJ Dela Fuente, Carlos Canlas, Paul Anthony Valdez, Neo Rivera, Jim Ferrer, Renz Bernardo, Edrei Tan, Matthew Barbers, John Paul Fausto, Joshua Ade Valenzola, Guido Gatmaytan, Aldo Vencilao, Alys Serdenia, Jo Mari Logdat, Coleen Paz, Samantha Libao, Kathleen Francisco with two child wonders Elai Estrella and Eli Luis.
Joseph The Dreamer is based on the anointed life of Joseph and his journey towards becoming one of the most beloved characters in the Holy Bible.
Written by Freddie Santos based on the cantata by Cam Floria’s Joseph, Whatever Happened to the Dreamer?, the musical, rechristened Joseph the Dreamer, was first staged at the St. Teresa’s Auditorium Cebu in 1989. The modest staging was such a hit that the show quickly snowballed and had numerous runs shuttling back and forth between Manila and the provinces. It has played at the Meralco Theatre, Cebu Plaza Ballroom, Waterfront Ballroom, 8000 seater Cebu Coliseum, the Ultra, San Agustin Gym in Iloilo, Bacolod Convention Center, Davao Convention Center, Dagupan Coliseum, Cuneta Astrodome and was even aired on television.
Its record-breaking ten-year-run was brought to a new high when pop superstar Gary Valenciano played Joseph in the 1999 staging. These were followed by school runs in the early 2000’s and full runs at the SM Megamall theatres.
Joseph the Dreamer runs from February 21 to March 27 at the Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performing Arts Theatre. www.ticketworld.com.ph