Monday, January 30, 2017

review - JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT - Fountain Hills Theater

Nick Hambruch and Cast
Photo by Patty Torrilhon
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through February 5th.

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat... is based on a fairly simple Bible story, which makes for a short and somewhat slight plot. While it may not be a perfect musical it does feature an infectious mix of fun musical styles. Fountain Hills Theater's production showcases talented leads in a spirited, energetic and delightful endeavor. The musical is based on the Old Testament bible story of Joseph and features a score that ranges from rock to country and calypso. ...The show is also completely sung through, which makes some of the shifts in tone and location slightly confusing, since there is no dialogue to help bridge the gaps between some of the songs. Fortunately, Lloyd Webber's score comprises infectious musical hooks and motifs that you'll be humming for days. ...The production usually includes a Narrator who comments and even participates in the story. Fountain Hills has expanded this to a quartet of four narrators who take turns telling Jacob's story and at times join forces together or in duos to harmonize on their many songs. The talented cast is led by Nick Hambruch as Joseph. His youthful looks and boyish charm combined with a strong voice and well thought out delivery of his lyrics, which are spontaneous and full of insight, make this a very winning performance. Kathleen Berger, Amy Powers, Jennifer Whiting, and Janine Smith share the narrator role and they all excel in the many moments each gets to tell and sing about Joseph's story. As the Elvis-inspired Pharaoh, Alex Gonzalez's powerful voice and charming ways make for a a crowd pleasing performance....director Peter J. Hill ...makes good use of the small Fountain Hills stage to ensure that it never seems overcrowded, at times even bringing the ensemble out into the sides of the audience....with its rousing megamix finale, which is a showstopper and sends the audience out on a huge high, it is a fun, upbeat show. The fact that it also includes lessons about jealousy and forgiveness makes it a musical that everyone can relate to. With a good cast and colorful creative elements, Fountain Hills Theater's production is an engaging, charming and completely enjoyable good time." -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

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