Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has long been a theater staple. The show proves that Bible stories can translate well to the stage, especially when they’re dressed up with fancy costumes, fast-paced choreography, and a special effect or two. Of course, the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) is used to doing things in a big way, so it’s no surprise that this production, which features direction and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, is fabulously over-the-top and a lot of fun.
The two leads are portrayed by real-life husband-and-wife duo, Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young. DeGarmo shines as the show’s bubbly, cute Narrator. Dressed in modern clothes and always acting super-involved and super-interested in the story that’s playing on around her, DeGarmo lends an air of innocence to her character. When it’s time to belt out the tunes, however, she proves she’s still got that powerhouse of a voice working for her.
Meanwhile, Ace Young holds his own as Joseph, though his character is often overshadowed by Joseph’s hilarious and somewhat devious brothers. Their smirky performance of “Those Canaan Days” is one of the biggest hits of the production.
Dreamcoat moves quickly, with one fabulous musical number melding right into the next. Fortunately, the actors stick around for one final number, a hilarious collaboration of songs known as the “Joseph Megamix.” While it’s certain that the actors are exhausted by the end of this fast-paced romp, which calls for almost constant singing and dancing, audience members will leave feeling revived and excited. This show just has that kind of energy, and it’s catching.
The Durham Performing Arts Center presents JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, starring Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, at 2 and 8 p.m. May 17 and 1 and 6:30 p.m. May 18 at at 123 Vivian St., Durham, North Carolina 27701, in the American Tobacco Historic District.
TICKETS: $32.25-$111.25 (including fees).
DPAC Box Office: 919-680-ARTS (2787), tickets@DPACnc.com, or http://www.DPACnc.com/events/how_to_buy_tickets.
Ticketmaster: 800-982-2787 or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115558/1953746.
GROUP RATES (10+ tickets): 919/281-0587, Groups@DPACnc.com, or http://www.DPACnc.com/events/group_services.
SHOW: http://www.DPACnc.com/events/detail/joseph-and-the-amazing-technicolor-dreamcoat and https://www.facebook.com/events/429563567152365/.
VIDEO PREVIEWS: http://www.josephthemusical.com/ustour/videos/
TOUR: http://www.josephthemusical.com/, https://www.facebook.com/JosephMusicalUS, and https://twitter.com/JosephMusical.
TOUR CAST: http://www.josephthemusical.com/ustour/people/cast/.
TOUR CREATIVE TEAM: http://www.josephthemusical.com/ustour/people/creative/.
TOUR ORCHESTRA: http://www.josephthemusical.com/ustour/the-show/the-music/.
DPAC NEWS RELEASE: http://www.DPACnc.com/news/detail/diana-degarmo-as-the-narrator-and-ace-young-as-joseph-in-joseph-and-the-amazing-technicolor-dreamcoat.
PRESENTER/VENUE: http://www.DPACnc.com/, https://www.facebook.com/DPACNC, and https://twitter.com/DPAC.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968 cantata and 1973 West End and 1982 Broadway biblical musical): http://www.josephthemusical.com/ (official website), http://www.ibdb.com/show.php?id=4942 (Internet Broadway Database), http://www.andrewlloydwebber.com/shows/?show=Joseph%20and%20the%20Amazing%20Technicolor%20Dreamcoat (Andrew Lloyd Webber web page), http://www.timrice.co.uk/joseph.html (Tim Rice web page), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_and_the_Amazing_Technicolor_Dreamcoat (Wikipedia).
Baron Andrew Lloyd Webber (music): http://www.andrewlloydwebber.com/ (official website), http://ibdb.com/person.php?id=12073 (Internet Broadway Database), https://www.facebook.com/AndrewLloydWebber (Facebook page), https://twitter.com/OfficialALW (Twitter page), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Lloyd_Webber (Wikipedia).
Sir Tim Rice (lyrics): http://www.timrice.co.uk/ (official website), (Internet Broadway Database), https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sir-Tim-Rice-Official/104931586217569 (Facebook page), https://twitter.com/SirTimRice (Twitter page), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Rice (Wikipedia).
Andy Blankenbuehler (tour director and choreographer): https://www.broadwaydancecenter.com/faculty/bios/blankenbuehler_andy.shtml (Broadway Dance Center faculty bio), http://www.josephthemusical.com/ustour/artists/andy-blankenbuehler/ (show bio), http://www.ibdb.com/person.php?id=32280 (Internet Broadway Database), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Blankenbuehler (Wikipedia).
Diana DeGarmo (The Narrator): http://www.dianaofficial.com/ (official website), https://www.facebook.com/pages/Diana-DeGarmo/124064927901 (Facebook page), https://twitter.com/DianaDeGarmo (Twitter page), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_DeGarmo (Wikipedia).
Ace Young (Joseph): http://www.aceofficial.com/ (official website), https://www.facebook.com/AceYoungOfficial (Facebook page), https://twitter.com/IAMACEYOUNG (Twitter page), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ace_Young (Wikipedia).
Susie Potter is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer and editor. She is a 2009 graduate of Raleigh’s Meredith College, where she majored in English. She holds graduate degrees in teaching and American literature from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. In addition to her work for Triangle Arts and Entertainment, she is an award-winning author of short fiction. Her works have appeared in The Colton Review, Raleigh Quarterly, Broken Plate Magazine, Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, the Chaffey Review, and Existere. To read all of Susie Potter’s Triangle Arts and Entertainment articles and reviews, click http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/author/susie-q/. To read more of her writings, click http://www.susiepotter.com and http://www.myspace.com/susiepotter.