March 5-16, 2014
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Energized, idol-ized, eager-to-please ‘Joseph’ is living the dream.
To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's article here.
JOSEPH is one of my favorite escapist musical theatre scripts. I love the music, the creativity of taking a Bible story and making it into a pleasant family experience without getting preachy. The version now on stage at the Palace was not one of my favorite stagings of the show. Audiences will generally like it, but it could have been “One More Angel in Heaven,” at least in show business firmament, but it wasn’t.To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.
As if Andrew Lloyd Webber's biblical saga of a boy and his garment isn't light and frothy enough -- infused with feel-good pop-rock anthems -- director/choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler gets things so hopping and tapping, it could give the "Brady Bunch Variety Hour" a run for its money.
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While not a perfect opening night performance, you can still prepare yourself to be dazzled by the lights, sound, music, dancing, singing and music of this performance of “JOSEPH and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in the Palace Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. It is two hours of fun entertainment that will help you put the winter blues on hold for awhile.To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.
If you love “American Idol” and bare male chests, then this current packaging of the reliable theatrical warhorse Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will no doubt amaze and delight you. After all, it stars two Idol alums, the newlywed couple Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, the latter of whom parades around in the buff from his waist up, Putin-style, when he’s not wearing the aforementioned robe.
Lovers of "Joseph/Dreamcoat" should be excited by the quirks of this production. New orchestrations which are pleasant and surprising are combined with a dance heavy first act that moves like a spirited freight train. A new finale maximizes the pop voices of Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, who sound oddly out of place earlier in the musical theater setting. Projections everywhere give depth to the production.
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