Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, now playing at the Bomhard Theater, is one of the finest performances, and biggest musicals ever to hit StageOne at the Kentucky Center of the Arts. This rendition of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical was produced by Peter Holloway, directed and choreographed by Megan Bliss, who choreographed High School Musical and Jesus Christ Superstar at Derby Diner Playhouse, among a few; though an exclusive arrangement with the Louisville Youth Choir, the Musical Director-Jason Seber, and the cast of this production literally as they say in theatrical terms, “brought the house down. “
The Louisville Youth Choir is the best of the best with section leaders Brynnan McNeill, Cate Payne, DeAirice Hobbs, Emily Woodruff, Hannah Thomas, Jasmine Young, and Peyton Evans doing a fantastic job of keeping their sections on key in every arrangement they sang. Terri Foster directed 125 youth in the choir, and every one of them was professional, and brilliant in their performance.
For those not familiar with the show, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, is a musical based on the "coat of many colors" story of Joseph from the Bible's Book of Genesis. This was the first Lloyd Webber and Rice (the lyrical writer) musical that was performed publicly. In this musical Joseph finds some interesting interactions on his way from the pit his brothers throw him in to the Kings Courts.
The musical is set to a myriad of musical styles and has some comedy to go along with it. The Calypso, Country, Gospel, Rock, and some of what I loved the most, is the group doing the Congo, Limbo, and the 60’s Go Go Dancers. The French-Italian scene had me laughing, as it did the whole crowd, and many other parts of the show were as comical as they were serious.
As I noted before; it is a musical that is sure to please the whole family, especially when Graters Ice Cream was on hand to sell Ice Cream and The Bomhard Theater allowed everyone to bring it in at intermission.
Kyle Braun who played Joseph has also played Richie Cunningham in Happy Days the Musical, Conrad Jarrett in Ordinary People, and several other main roles. This is his fourth season at Kentucky Center of the Arts, and during an interview I was surprised to find he has no professional acting degree, he was active in his high schools theater and drama program, and studied danced at Weber Dance Studio. He tried out for one of the brothers; they gave him the cut as Joseph. He likes acting because it gives him a thrill to see the reaction of the crowd, and the emotions and satisfaction of the audience.
If you would like to find out what else Kyle has planned, look forward to seeing him at Derby Dinner Playhouse, or theaters around Louisville and Indiana. Eventually he plans on branching out, but he is happy for now doing what he loves right here.
Adam Raque, playing Benjamin, who gets stuck with the golden cup, debuted at 8 years of age when he played in Once Upon a Mattress as the Young Jester. He was on Louisville's Radio Disney Dance Team, starred in Bold Production's film "Latchkey Kids," and I am sure a lot of the young girls will recognize him from this show; he played on the Hannah Montana’s series, the show- You Didn't Say It's Your Birthday (2008) as Guy #1.
There are many great actors and actresses in this timeless spiritual, and test of humanity. John Trueblood, playing both Jacob and Potiphar does a spectacular job, as does all of the brothers and wives of Joseph…those scoundrels who party while Joseph is in the pit…and the lie his brother tells leaves a fly in the mouth of…well I’ll let you figure it out!
This is one musical you don’t want to miss. Playing from June 8-10 and 12-17 nightly at 7 p.m; there will also be 2 Matinees at 1:30 p.m. held on June 10 and 16 at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets for the show are $29.75 for adults, $24.75 for seniors, and $24.75 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the Kentucky Center website, the Kentucky Center box office, or by calling the box office at 1-800-775-7777.
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