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"City of Joseph" Author Performing in This Year's Pageant

NAUVOO, ILLINOIS -- Thirty years after he wrote the musical "City of Joseph" with composer Maughn McMurdie, Don Oscarson has returned to Nauvoo and is performing in the musical along with 10 members of his family. Oscarson had no idea that the show would eventually draw as many as 50,000 people each year during a two-week run. "I just felt the story of this city needed to be told in some kind of outdoor production," he said. First performed in an indoor theater in 1971, the show wasn't performed outdoors until 16 years after it was written, in 1976, when an outdoor amphitheater was constructed for it. "There was absolutely nowhere to do this," Oscarson said. Some 1,300 people apply to be a part of the roughly 500-member cast each year, according to Oscarson, who ran the show for its first two decades.


'Joseph' author in character
Burlington IA Hawk Eye 28Jul01 US IA Nauv A1
By Stephen A. Martin: The Hawk Eye


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