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Joseph and the Superb Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph and the Superb Technicolor Dreamcoat


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Broadway’s Kelli Rabke and Chris McCarrell shine on this close to excellent model of Joseph and the Superb Technicolor Dreamcoat at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, taking part in by June 25, 2023.

What’s the Story of Joseph and the Superb Technicolor Dreamcoat?

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat La Mirada Theatre Review

Loosely primarily based on the Previous Testomony story of Joseph, who’s famously identified for his “coat of many colours” (Genesis 37:3), Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical was initially written as a 15-minute “pop cantata” in 1968 for a London all-boys preparatory faculty. It had its skilled debut on the West Finish in London, England, in 1973, and continues to be one of many duo’s most well-known and well-loved musicals typically performed at native theaters and in colleges all through the USA and United Kingdom.

In Genesis, Joseph is the son of Jacob (“Israel”) by his favourite spouse, Rachel, and certainly one of twelve brothers. He was given a coat of many colours by his father (Genesis 37:3), which was symbolic of his favor.

When Joseph was seventeen years outdated, he shared along with his brothers two goals he had whereby his household bowed right down to Joseph himself. These goals angered his brothers and made the half-brothers (except Rueben) plot his demise. [In the musical, there is no differentiation between the half-brothers and Joseph’s maternal brother, Benjamin, and Rueben is just as culpable as his brothers, leading the rousing chorus of “One More Angel in Heaven”.]

Finally, Joseph was bought to Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh’s guard (within the musical he’s a millionaire who did effectively within the shares), the place he rose to the function of Potiphar’s family’s superintendent. Potiphar’s spouse unsuccessfully tried to seduce Joseph. Angered by his working away from her, she made a false accusation of rape, and he was thrown in jail.

Two years after decoding the goals of Pharaoh’s Cup-Bearer and Baker, the Pharaoh had puzzling goals that stored him awake. When the Pharaoh’s advisers didn’t interpret the goals, the cup-bearer remembered Joseph and he was summoned. He interpreted the dream and suggested the Pharaoh, being elevated to Vizier of Egypt.

Within the second 12 months of famine, Joseph’s half brothers had been despatched to Egypt to purchase items. Within the Bible, Joseph’s full brother Benjamin was stored at residence by a frightened Jacob who was afraid one thing comparable would occur to him. As soon as Benjamin arrived in Egypt along with his brothers, Joseph hid his silver cup in Benjamin’s sack and instructed his steward to arrest him. Judah begged the Vizier (Joseph) to let Benjamin return to their father and take him as prisoner as a substitute.

Seeing how his brothers had modified, Joseph revealed himself to his brothers and twenty lengthy years after he final noticed his father, he lastly was reunited with Jacob (Genesis 46) within the land of Egypt and the Israelites settled in Goshen the place a few years later the story of Moses would decide up.

Kelli Rabke is an Absolute Deal with in Joseph and the Superb Technicolor Dreamcoat

kelli rabke in joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat la mirada

Thirty years after performing in Los Angeles within the pre-Broadway manufacturing of Joseph and the Superb Technicolor Dreamcoat reverse Michael Damian and Robert Torti and Gerry McIntyre, Kelli Rabke is as contemporary and fabulous a Narrator as one may hope for. Her efficiency dwell was definitely worth the worth of the ticket alone.

Her voice is wealthy, filled with the colours of the rainbow! Even in case you don’t have an opportunity to see her dwell in La Mirada, California, in June 2023, you’ll need to keep watch over her calendar for upcoming cabarets and performances in Southern California.

Chris McCarrell Offers His All as Joseph in Joseph and the Superb Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat La Mirada Theatre Review

Following within the footsteps of well-known Josephs corresponding to Donny Osmond, Jason Donovan, Lee Mead, and Patrick Cassidy. Chris McCarrell (Percy in Broadway’s The Lightning Thief) proves his theatrical prowess along with his stunning “Shut Each Door” that implies how his Marius might need sounded.

His charisma and allure are appreciated on this fabulous manufacturing of Joseph and the Superb Technicolor Dreamcoat in La Mirada. Nevertheless, what he lacks is a sexuality and swagger that followers of earlier productions may bear in mind. This choice to keep away from the sexuality is made abundantly clear with the choice to not have Chris go shirtless in “Shut Each Door”.

Joseph and the Superb Technicolor Dreamcoat Brings Collectively the Better of the Finest in La Mirada

Best of the Best in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in La Mirada

The truest spotlight of La Mirada Theatre’s Joseph and the Superb Technicolor Dreamcoat is the ensemble. The producers did a tremendous job bringing collectively the very best of the very best of Southern California expertise.

Every time the brothers ensemble comes collectively in tune and dance, particularly “These Canaan Days” (led by Josh Grisetti) and “Benjamin Calypso” (led by Ceron Jones), the present reached its degree greatest and had the viewers at opening evening, that included the likes of La Mirada Mayor Anthony Otero and Broadway legend Gregg Edelman, clapping up a storm a lot in order that Kelli Rabke had enjoyable joking and pretending to calm down the viewers so she may begin her subsequent tune.

Individually, every of the ensemble members did a great job however once they got here collectively as an ensemble of brothers the present really shines and I might even argue that that is the very best dwell manufacturing of Joseph and the Superb Technicolor Dreamcoat I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing dwell.

The actors are effectively matched by a robust ensemble of “wives” with highlights being dancers Ellie Barrett whose legs appeared to go on endlessly and So You Suppose You Can Dance alumni Bridget Whitman who was excellent as an Apache Dancer reverse Rorey Michelangelo.

Congratulations to Casting Director Julia Flores on a wonderful and noteworthy casting job.

The Pleasure of Stay Music at Joseph and the Superb Technicolor Dreamcoat

Musical Director and Conductor Jennifer Lin did an unbelievable job of creating the dwell orchestra of 13 musicians sound like an orchestra of double that quantity. The dwell orchestrations had been lush as they stuffed the auditorium from the Overture by to the tip of the Megamix.

The Orchestra: Elizabeth Johnson (Violin/Concertmaster), Rhea Fowler (Violin), Eric Lea (Viola), Ginger Murphy (Cello), Sean Franz (Flute/Clarinet/Alto Sax), Michele Forrest (Oboe/French Horn), Emily Pesavento (French Horn), Brian LaFontaine (Guitar), Brian Silverman (Guitar), Dana Decker (Bass), Danny Taylor (Drums), Nick Stone (Percussion), Ryan O’Connell (Keyboard).

Gerry McIntyre’s Route and Choreography of Joseph and the Superb Technicolor Dreamcoat

Gerry McIntyre at opening night of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at La Mirada Theatre

Gerry McIntyre is triple risk with a large number of appearing, directing and choreography credit to his identify. He was a fan favourite as Judah within the Donny Osmond filmed model of Joseph and the Superb Technicolor Dreamcoat – a task he originated within the 1993 Broadway revival reverse Kelli Rabke and Michael Damian, and carried out on Broadway with Patti Lupone in Something Goes.

Earlier than the launch of The Joyous Residing, I used to be delighted to see an area manufacturing of Joseph and the Superb Technicolor Dreamcoat at Golden PAC/Madrid Theatre in Canoga Park, California, starring Brandon Wardell in 2003. Previously twenty years, Gerry’s abilities as a director and choreographer have solely turn out to be an increasing number of refined and pleasant.

Two notable directing variations had been the choice to let native “Story of the Lion King” actor Ceron Jones (Judah) really shine in his model of “Benjamin Calypso” (I can nonetheless recall my visitor in 2003 commenting that the Judah was subdued compared to Gerry’s personal charismatic efficiency in Los Angeles 10 years earlier in 1993) and for Chris McCarrell‘s Joseph to not seem as if he was having fun with himself an excessive amount of through the seduction scene with Mrs. Potiphar (the beautiful and proficient Ellie Barrett).

Whereas the solid didn’t make use of the aisle house at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, Gerry did a wonderful job of creating the very best use of the stage house and of making and showcasing an virtually heavenly ensemble of brothers who wowed the audiences at each likelihood they may.

The Solid of Joseph and the Superb Technicolor Dreamcoat at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Joseph: Chris McCarrell* (Broadway’s The Lightning Thief)

Narrator: Kelli Rabke* (Joseph and the Superb Technicolor Dreamcoat, 1993 Broadway Revival)

Jacob/Potiphar: Peter Allen Vogt* (The Princess Diaries 2)

Levi/Pharaoh: Daniel Dawson* (Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby, Disney Cruise Line)

Reuben: Dino Nicandros*

Simeon: Josh Grisetti* (Broadway’s It Shoulda Been You)

Naphtali/Baker: Edgar Lopez*

Issachar: James Everts (u/s Simeon)

Asher: Brandon Keith Rogers* (u/s Joseph/Pharaoh/Apache Dancer)

Dan: Juan Guillen* (u/s Jacob/Potiphar) (Nationwide Tour of Mamma Mia!)

Zebulun/Apache Dancer: Rorey Michelangelo

Gad/Butler: Kurt Kemper* (u/s Reuben)

Benjamin: Marcus Phillips* (u/s Judah) (1st Nationwide Tour of The Promenade)

Judah: Ceron Jones (Scar in Disneyland’s Story of the Lion King)

Mrs. Potiphar/Spouse: Ellie Barrett

Ishmaelite/Spouse: Rianny Vasquez (u/s Narrator) (See Overview: Shrek Jr. at Younger Artist Ensemble)

Apache Dancer/Spouse: Bridget Whitman* (So You Suppose You Can Dance, Broadway’s West Aspect Story)

Spouse: Marie Gutierrez* (u/s Apache Dancer) (1st Nationwide Tour of The Promenade)

Ishmaelite/Spouse: Ashley Evangeline

Spouse: Lauren Decierdo* (u/s Mrs. Potiphar)

Wives: Bernadette Bentley, Johnisa Breault, Jasiana Caraballo, Andrea Dobbins, Callula Sawyer

Youngsters’s Choir: Cameron Avery, Rachel Beard, Lucy Benney, Elena Bertacci, Blake Brunton, Leila Bustamante, Jayda Concepcion, Grace Ella, Brennan Esguerra, Erica Gonzalez, Ellie Gonzalez, Kallie Graham, Abigail Hernandez, Aria Jocson, Grace Jenkins, Raegan Larson, Harper Larson, Stevie Larson, David Final, Annemarie Final, Becca Final, Catherine Final, Elizabeth Final, Adrienne Morrow, Emilie Ong, Angelina Pendleton-Mendez, Hannah Pawlowicz, Hanna Maksimachkina, Delaney Martinez, Jasmine Melwani, Donovan Monroe, Sydney Sublette, Anna Surdina, Erin Tardibuono, Bailey Varga, Ava Villacorta, Obriella Witron, Leila Woodward, Natalie Yokota

Swings: Anyssa Navarro (Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland Resort), Thomas Whitcomb (Hulu’s Miguel Needs a Battle)

The place to See Joseph and the Superb Technicolor Dreamcoat

Location: La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd, La Mirada, CA 90638

Parking: Free Lot

Efficiency Dates: Now by June 25, 2023

Open-Captioned Efficiency: Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 2 p.m.

Talkbacks with the Solid and Inventive Staff: Thursday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m., and Thursday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m.

For Tickets, please name 562-944-9801 or purchase on-line at LaMiradaTheatre.com.

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