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‘Amazing’ unbelievable

7 Oct

By Travis Rolf

Joseph Set

A full house awaits the start of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
at the Mary Godfrey Playhouse on Thursday, October 3, 2013.

Some exceptionally talented members of the Cheyenne community have come together under the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players umbrella to bring you the classic musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I got to take it all in last Thursday at the Mary Godfrey Playhouse, and now it is my pleasure to provide a quick review of this unbelievable show. And when I say ‘unbelievable’, I mean that in more ways than one.

Sing for the moment

Stepping up with one of the strongest overall performances of the evening, the beautiful Olivia Schon solos through the story’s narration with a very clear and powerful voice. This show is done entirely in song, no spoken words except for a couple of lines that fall within the musical numbers. This type of play can be especially difficult, not to mention especially bad, if the talent isn’t spot on. No need to worry about that here because the voices were clearly top notch. And except for a couple of places where the music overpowered the singers, the numbers were clearly delivered and I was easily able to keep up with the story line.

Now… about that story line…

This show rocks… and rolls

This story is unbelievable. No, seriously… it not the least bit believable. But in a good way. In a Forrest Gump-‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’-sort of way.

The play may be based on a Bible story from the Book of Genesis, but like any good piece of entertainment culled from a book, the writers have taken some liberties with the content here. The musical composition by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, takes on several different musical styles which, at the time of Joseph, hadn’t exactly been invented yet. Genres range from the country-western inspired ‘One More Angel in Heaven’, to a French bistro ballad, ‘Those Canaan Days’, to a catchy Caribbean sounding number called ‘Benjamin Calypso’.

With each different musical style, the costumes and the settings also take on a decidedly different look and feel than what you would expect from a story out of the Old Testament. Actors don cowboy hats to croon about ‘the things that ya stood fer.’ Fake mustaches, berets, and wine accompany the French inspired tune in a bar where Joseph’s brothers reminisce about the past. And the calypso number transports you to the islands with its Belafonte-style rhythms, echo back lyrics, and colorful robes.

But the highlight of the night has to be the hip shakin’, rockin’ and rollin’ number, ‘Song of the King’, fit for The King himself. Yes, THAT King. Playing the part of the Pharoah, Kevin Guille sits on his thrown in full-on Elvis Presley mode, from the sparkly coverall suit to the big bouffant hairdo, and sings into his scepter as he gyrates around the stage. And it’s so good, he can’t help but to give us an immediate encore performance!

Family friendly

My date for the evening was my 8-year-old daughter, Jacksyn. It was the second time she had seen the show but she wasn’t about to let me go without her. This show is not meant specifically for children but she ate it up like candy. She enjoyed the different musical numbers, loved the costumes, and the many unique settings captured her attention in a way that most 2-hour plays simply cannot do. I absolutely recommend it for families.

Run, Forrest, run

Time is running out to catch this fabulous show. It runs for two more weekends, October 11-13 and October 18-20. Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 7:30 pm, Sunday matinees start at 2:00 pm. The show I attended last week was completely sold out, so I advise getting your tickets ahead of time. You can call the box office at 638-6543 or just head over their ticketing website.

Sold out!

3 Oct

By Travis Rolf

If you thought catching the October 3 showing of the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players latest musical would be a fun time, you would be right. But unfortunately for you, you’re going to have to choose another day.

Got ’em!

Believe it or not, after reading CLTP’s Facebook post this afternoon saying that tickets were almost gone for the Thursday showing of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, yours truly made a quick phone call to secure the last two seats in the house.

CLTP Facebook Page

Don’t miss out

That’s the bad news.

The good news is, there are still 9 shows left! For the next three weekends, October 4 – October 20, there are evening shows on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as matinees on Sundays. A complete sellout is a good indication that the show is receiving great word-of-mouth reviews around the community. But by all means, check back for my personal review after tonight’s show.

Witness Joseph’s Journey

The musical tale, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, tells the Old Testament story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. Telling their father that Joseph is dead, the young man is sold into slavery by his brothers after they sense he is their father’s favorite son. You will see Joseph’s life take many twists and turns that continue him on the journey back to his family and to his father. It is a musical written by the talented team of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Time Rice, who also brought to the stage such classics as Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.