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Tuesday, 24 July 2012 09:31

'Joseph' rocks the Muny

Written by Connie Bollinger
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  • Director: Lara Teeter
  • Dates: July 23 - 29, 2012
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Last night, despite oppressive heat, the amazing company of Joseph’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat brought the audience to its feet amid shouts of “Bravo!” and “Whoooooo!” and “Yeah!”

To try and describe this unbelievable production is closely akin to attempting to explain quantum physics. Part rock opera, part Broadway stunner and pure delight throughout, the Muny presentation of Dreamcoat is a production for the ages.

Based on the familiar Sunday School bible story of Joseph and his envious brothers, Dreamcoat has at least three show stopping musical numbers and many nods to St. Louis landmarks and culture. It’s so much fun I won’t spoil it for you. Just watch the backscreen.

Director/Choreographer Lara Teeter and company explode onto the Muny stage with shouts of color and motion that are nearly non-stop. Teeter and executive producer Mike Isaacson have filled the cast of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice priduction with stunning performers like Justin Guarini as Joseph and the talented Mamie Parris as the Narrator and featured performers like Rory Max Kaplan, Maurice Murphy,  Ben Lanham. A stand-out among stand-outs is the incredible Austin Miller with his raucous portrayal of Pharaoh “The King”.

The dancers and ensemble singers are nothing short of perfect and anyone who thinks dancing is “just jumping around to music” needs to watch the onstage poetry that Dance Captain Michael Baxter and Choreographer Teeter have created.

Icing on the cake are the Muny Kids and Teens, singing and dancing and matching the energy and mastery of the adult performers. In the orchestra pit, Musical Director Michael Horsley conducts the collection of some of St. Louis' most talented musicians with finesse.

Joseph’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is an incredible show, and proof positive that as the years move along, the Muny productions just get better and better.

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  • Director: Lara Teeter
  • Dates: July 23 - 29, 2012

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