October 21-26, 2014 - the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son.
As contestants on ‘American Idol’ both Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo had aspirations of entertaining the world with their vocal talents. Their wishes have been granted as their performances are awe inspiring in ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,’ at the Schuster Center through October 26.
I could listen to DeGarmo tell any story, as her angelic voice is almost as miraculous as the parting of the Red Sea. In the role of Narrator she excels at setting the rapid pace and hits every note in a clear, radiant manner. She is matched in perfection by her real-life husband, Ace Young, whose voice is as impressive as his abs (I couldn’t help but notice). As ‘Joseph,’ Young carries the weight of the title role with ease. In both physical movement and voice, his range stretches as far as the sun can shine.
Every pastor or worship leader should see ‘Joseph’ if for no other reason, to learn how to make a service move quickly. The action was so fast and furious that it was over before I even got fully settled into my seat (and the Schuster Center chairs are comfy). There were no dull moments or time allowed to even check my watch. It’s true, time really does fly when you are having fun…did you know that you have been reading this review for an hour already?
The supporting cast, particularly all the brothers, could challenge the Jackson 5 as the most musically blessed group of siblings. Their presence on stage is always a delight, as they even make clearing off the table a pleasurable chore. A certain highlight of the show is their rendition of ‘One More Angel In Heaven,’ led by Reuben (Brian Golub) which transitions between somber and celebratory. The routine earned the biggest applause of the night and deservedly so as with the dancing and vocals, the entire ensemble were divine.
Special credit must also be given to Ryan Williams for his royal performance as Pharoah who channels Elvis for his scene stealing appearance.
The Technicolor Dreamcoat itself is pretty amazing, but it pales in comparison to the brightness in every aspect of the total performance. Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo prove themselves to be International Idols in ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.’
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