Congregation Beth Israel ner Tamid sets “Joseph” headlined by Andrew and Susan Varela

Susan and Andrew Varela will direct and perform in :Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Congregation Beth Israel ner Tamid Sept. 8.

Summer may be fading and fall may be knocking at the door, but one way to prolong the joy of summer may well be to take a Sunday afternoon and visit a Jewish temple in Glendale.

What you will find at Congregation Beth Israel ner Tamid is a concert staging of the first musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice that was ever publicly produced. 

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is a spectacular piece of musical theater that’s been staged over 20,000 times around the world. 

This one will be headlined by some of the most talented and magnetic Milwaukee performers you will ever see. 

Andrew VArela and his wife Susan Varela will sing and will also direct the production that is an annual fundraiser for one of the most interesting congregations in the area, Jewish, Christian or any other faith. 

Since moving back to Milwaukee the Varela’s have had a profound impact in the world of theater on our stages.

He is a magnificent singer and actor and has created some of the most memorable roles in recent years – Sweeney Todd at Skylight and The Fantasticks at In Tandem.  In addition he can be seen occasionally hosting The Morning Blend on Channel 4. 

Ms. Varela has a stunning voice and is living proof that her husband “married up.” She also has a refined sense of taste that will be reflected in the staging.

It promises to be an evening of high entertainment and no plug for the event would be complete without a mention of Samantha Sostarich.

A combination of Carol Channing, Ethel Merman and Bette Midler, Ms. Sostarich brings a comedic and sexy delight to whatever she does on a stage.

She is seen far too seldom and her ability to wrap an audience in whatever character she plays is one of the most enjoyable treats in Milwaukee theater.Other cast members include Tim Rebers, Doug Clemons, Matt Zeman, Carrie Gray and Ryan Charles, as Joseph.

The show is at 4 p.m., on Sept. 8 and tickets and information are available by calling Hazzan Stein at (414) 352-7310 or

This will be the perfect way to end a summer Sunday afternoon.

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