by Gina Hamilton
Poor, poor Joseph (Jordan Alexander, during his MSMT debut). He’s daddy’s favorite, and he starts telling his brothers of his dreams in which he is clearly superior to them. So they sell him into slavery. What else could they do?
That story from Genesis, told by Narrator Alyssa Anani, is essentially the plot of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, now showing at Maine State Music Theatre, at Pickard Theater on the Bowdoin campus until July 16.
In reality, the rather thin biblical plot – only a few verses long – is a vehicle for a bright and yes, technicolored confection of dance, song, with a minor theme of forgiveness. Directed and choreographed by Alex Sanchez, along with assistant choreographer Taylor Lane celebrating her MSMT debut.
It was this reviewer’s first time seeing this particular musical, and we had no idea that despite the plot of brothers injuring and selling a brother into slavery, causing their father untold pain, that it was truly funny. The musical numbers are not typical Andrew Lloyd Webber – this is no Jesus Christ Superstar. There is a country-western number, Pharoh’s (Jeff Max) Elvis song, a calypso song as the brothers try to save their little brother from Joseph’s wrath, all accompanied by some of the most athletic dance you’ll see this season.
Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark said that this is one of the shows that actors cannot get enough of. We can see why. It’s showy, funny, and filled with bright, colorful costumes and sets.
Definitely don’t miss Joseph this year. For ticket information, visit www.msmt.org.