Over 7,600 patrons would not be deterred by the temperatures. They wanted to see The Muny’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and what they witnessed was a production on steroids that had power, performance and pizzazz. It’s a non-stop sensation that sends the audience home high on a winning piece of exemplary family entertainment. It also has surprise factors and laudatory inclusion elements that deserve a standing ovation just for that. Lara Teeter is the Director and Choreographer for “Joseph,” and his vision and execution of this show are perfection is every way.
The beautiful Mamie Parris co-stars as the Narrator. Her voice reaches the free seats with the greatest of ease. Fresh from his success playing Billy Flynn in “Chicago” is Justin Guarini in the role of Joseph. I predict Justin is going to be returning to The Muny in upcoming seasons. He’s a natural, gifted performer with a wonderful sense of timing and ease that endear him to an audience.
This biblical story of family, fortune and betrayal is flat-out fun. Orchestrations used are from a London revival of this show, and they fit the large and inventive sound of the Muny musicians. Is there anything this orchestra cannot do?
There are so many unexpected joys in this edition of “Joseph” that I’d love to tell you about, but you’ll enjoy them all the more when you discover them for yourselves. Suffice it to say there are many “local”connections. Special note must go to Maurice Murphy in the role of Judah who brings the house down in Act II, and Austin Miller as Pharaoh. There are 36 Muny Kids and 29 Muny Teens in this show. That may be a record.
This is the best “Joseph” The Muny has ever done. It has an aggregate personality and enjoyable dominance that can really whip up an audience. The show may be familiar, but the way it is produced this week at The Muny give it a redesigned and re-envisioned scope, sound and size that make every moment a real pleasure. This is really a show to celebrate!