“Joseph-” With Everything- Served Up Now At Stages-St. Louis

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat presented by STAGES St. Louis at Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood, Missouri on June 1, 2017.

“Go, Go, Go Joseph” turns into “Hullabaloo” during “Joseph” at Stages-St. Louis. Photo: Peter Wochniak

I’m sure most of you, like me, have seen several productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” It started as a cantata and grew into a staged musical and now Stages-St. Louis has made it a glorious spectacle that transcends any of those other productions you may have seen. In other words- it’s not to be missed.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat presented by STAGES St. Louis at Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood, Missouri on June 1, 2017.

Kirsten Scott, Brent Michael Diroma, Molly Tynes and Jeff Sears get caught up in the fun during the Stages-St. Louis production of “Joseph.” Photo: Peter Wochnicak

Jeff Sears and Kirsten Scott lead the way as Joseph and the Narrator. People in the audience seemed to appreciate it when Mr. Sears stripped down to a loincloth, but he’s much more than just another pretty body and face. This guys got the chops to sing the heck out of the role and, unlike some performances of the title character I’ve seen in the past, he can act too. As for Ms. Scott- she runs away with almost every aspect of this show. Sure, she has a powerful singing voice but she joins in the intricate choreography brought to life by Stephen Bourneuf. Production numbers like you’ve never seen in “Joseph” before and she’s in there dancing and singing, keeping up with the always enthusiastic Stages ensemble.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat presented by STAGES St. Louis at Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood, Missouri on June 1, 2017.

The guys strut their stuff during the “Joseph Megamix” finale at Stages-St. Louis. Photo: Peter Wochniak

Stages favorite and all around quintessential actor/singer, Steve Isom is the father of the twelve sons, Jacob, and, since he doesn’t have enough to do, makes a cameo as a slovenly baker in a walk on and then shines during the “Joseph Megamix” finale and curtain call in his dashing white suit and slick dance moves.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat presented by STAGES St. Louis at Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood, Missouri on June 1, 2017.

Brent Michael Diroma holds court as Pharaoh/Elvis during “Joseph” at Stages-St. Louis. Photo: Peter Wochniak

The key to “Joseph” since the beginning has been the ridiculous, anachronistic touches with props, music styles and characters. The Pharaoh turns into Elvis, the brothers break into berets and become chanteuse during the famine, they become cowboys as they explain Joseph’s “disappearance,” Potiphar is a Gatsby-esque billionaire and the boys even break into a calypso number to rescue their youngest brother when the unrecognizable Joseph threatens to punish him. So these traditions continue but on steroids. Brent Michael Diroma doubles as Potiphar and Pharaoh/Elvis. Both treatments are hilarious but his Elvis brings the audience to their feet.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat presented by STAGES St. Louis at Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood, Missouri on June 1, 2017.

Kirsten Scott as the Narrator lead the women of the ensemble during the Stages-St. Louis production of “Joseph.” Photo: Peter Wochniak

Molly Tynes shines as the vampish Mrs. Potiphar and the ensemble, playing roles and backing up the hard-working brothers is out of this world. They do yeoman work and even break out their “Hullabaloo” moves during the “Go, Go, Go Joseph” number including- what else, go-go outfits and dance moves you haven’t seen since the 70’s. Those eleven brothers who attempt to rid their world of the boastful dreamer, Joseph, are on stage singing, dancing and cutting up for almost the entire show. Each one is a gem with several getting solo speaking or singing performances including Colin Israel as a Butler, Paul Aguirre as a Baker, Brad Frenette as the lead singer in the “cowboy” number, “One More Angel In Heaven,” Jeremiah Ginn taking the solo in “Those Canaan Days” and Jason Eno getting his Caribbean moves on in “Benjamin Calypso.”

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat presented by STAGES St. Louis at Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood, Missouri on June 1, 2017.

Kirsten Scott leads another ensemble number during the Stages-St. Louis presentation of “Joseph.” Photo: Peter Wochnicak

The design team has also outdone themselves with the outstanding set design of James Wolk hinting at both realistic and anachronistic backgrounds and the superb lighting design of Sean M. Savoie featuring a wonderful Joseph logo that changes colors and gets an extra round of applause from the audience. Brad Musgrove’s costumes are also a great combination of realism and hilarious “updates” while Lisa Campbell Albert and Stuart M. Elmore handle the musical chores beautifully. And, of course, another mention of the wonderful job Stephen Bourneuf does with both direction and choreography.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat presented by STAGES St. Louis at Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood, Missouri on June 1, 2017.

Jeff Sears, flanked by Steve Isom as Jacob and Kirsten Scott as the Narrator, displays his coat of many colors during “Joseph” at Stages-St. Louis. Photo: Peter Wochnicak.

This show is nothing but fun and nonsense but on a super-charged level. You’ll be amazed at how different this “Joseph” can be. Everything works, everything flows and everything has you jumping out of your seat. It plays through July 2nd, so give Stages-St. Louis a call at 314-821-2407 for tickets or more information.

 

 

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