Once upon a time I went to a show and it was called Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It was directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler. The lyrics were by Tim Rice and the music was by--guess!--Andrew Lloyd Webber, as most musicals are. It was based on the story of Joseph (Ace Young) from the Bible and it is about his "coat of many colors" and how his brothers pretended to kill him and they wanted to actually kill him. It is also about basically his trip to Egypt and then he has to go to jail and he tells about the dreams people are having. Some of them are having good dreams and some of them are having bad, and Joseph told them all--even the Pharaoh (Ryan Williams)--what was going to happen to them. I think this is a great show and the songs were amazing!
I loved the song, "Go, Go, Go Joseph." It was definitely in my head for the rest of the day, and even longer, but in a good way. I thought that Joseph and the Narrator (Diana DeGarmo) even just singing "ahead of my time," that one line was amazing. I also really liked the dance number that went with it, especially how he was in jail and it was like they were encouraging him while he was there. I also liked that they were singing all together and they had basically their own Joseph outfits; everybody was dressed in white except the narrator. The song was in there because they wanted to encourage Joseph to go and be optimistic.
I really liked, "Those Canaan Days," which I call "The French Song" because some of it was spoken in French and they also had a backdrop that was covered in baguettes. And whenever Simeon (Paul Castree) said Joseph, his father Jacob (William Thomas Evans) started crying, so then even when Simeon would say, "Ever since we lost…" without the word Joseph in it, you would still hear the father go "waah!" I thought that that was pretty funny. I'm even laughing right now. At the moment you are reading this, I might still be laughing, and I probably will be.
I thought that the projections (by Daniel Brodie) were mostly a.w.e.s.o.m.e. One of my favorites was when all the girls in very flow-y cloaks held hands and made projections of animals running and what it looks like to be in a car on their cloaks. I thought that some of the projections looked like they were just there, and they kind of looked like plain old projections and not used in a creative way. But I did really like at the end when they pulled down the screen behind Joseph and attached it to his coat and then he had an coat that stretched throughout the entire stage. They were projecting on the screen and that made it look like his coat was very long.
People who would like this show are people who like awesome projections, amazing dances, and Elvis Presley becoming a Pharaoh. It was a toe-tapper; I was actually literally tapping my toes. I think this is good for kids and adults. I saw many kids there, and I had a great time. It is a good one to go to with your friends; I went with my friend Heather and she had a great time too!
Photos: Daniel Brodie & Daniel A. Swalec