"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," which I will call "Dreamcoat" through the rest of this review, is a fun. goofy show when it is in the right hands.
In the wrong hands, it can be an annoyingly silly piffle.
Happily, the "Dreamcoat" now at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre is in the right hands.
This production, directed and choreographed by Amy Marie McCleary, is strong on all counts. There is a good cast, a powerful orchestra, a smart looking and effective set, excellent dancing and, at the heart of it all, a wonderful Joseph.
Sam Brackley has a great voice and is a fine actor. He gives Joseph an innocence that isn't quite naive and a touch of arrogance that isn't obnoxious.
The narrator (Erica Clare) of “Dreamcoat” tells the story to a group of children who are interwoven into the story in a nice way.
Clare does a solid job as the narrator, telling us the ins and outs of Joseph’s story.
The Pharaoh is the wildest character in the show. He’s a white jumpsuit era Elvis who likes thrusting his pelvis around. The guy’s a rock star.
The set is impressive. Evan Adamson and lighting designer Chris McCleary use colorful lighting to add a cheerful razzle-dazzle to the show, which features the name JOSEPH across the top of the stage and vertical lights along the side of the stage, which change colors throughout the show.
The orchestra, under the direction of JP Meyer is excellent and John P. Whites costumes are perfect.
This is a solid “Dreamcoat.”
- Jane Holahan, Lancaster Online
Dutch Apple emphasizes the amazing in their current production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The show is a dazzling spectacular of Sight, Sound, and movement.
Sam Brackley stars as the Biblical title character and favorite of son of Jacob. When sibling rivalry gets the best of his 11 brothers, they concoct a scheme to fake Joseph's death and sell him into slavery. Despite what sounds like a heavy plot, Brackley plays a very likable and charming character. He has good looks and a strong voice which easily warms over the audience.
Erica Clare plays the narrator, the other main character in the story. Through song, she helps provide context to the story and serves as a nurturing mother hen figure for the excellent youth chorus featured in the show. Clare has an impressive vocal range and has a lot of fun with some Egyptian dance moves straight out of a 80's Bangels video.
The supporting "band of brothers" are a ball, both in their group numbers, such as the twangy "One More Angel in Heaven", and also in solo songs based on diverse musical sources such as rockabilly and calypso.
Lighting by Chris McCleary, costuumes by John P. White, and the orchestra led by JP Meyer are all top notch. Amy Marie McCleary does an excellent job as director and choreographer in keeping the story moving and keeping the audience engaged. The incorporation of American Sign Language within several songs was especially notable and inspiring.
- Rich Merenberg, Broadway World