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From porch swinging on Sunday afternoons, to researching the roots of her hometown, to ordering her tofu fried, Rachel Parker is proud to be a southern girl. Homegrown in beautiful Tennessee, Rachel has worked for the past seven years as a professional dancer in various theaters along the east coast and visited over 25 countries as a performer with Princess Cruise Line Productions. Graduating from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a B.A. in English, emphasis in Creative Writing, she is currently writing and editing for a variety of freelance projects. Rachel loves Nashville’s beautifully eclectic art, music, and theater scene, as well as its deep appreciation for history through touring exhibitions and preservation of historic buildings.

Recap: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The Tennessee Performing Arts Center

Despite the ice, snow, and freezing temperatures of “Snowpocalypse 2015,” resulting in two performance cancellations,

Ace Young as Joseph and Diana DeGarmo as the Narrator.  Photo credit: http://www.josephthemusical.com/

Ace Young as Joseph and Diana DeGarmo as the Narrator. Photo credit: http://www.josephthemusical.com/

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat made it to Nashville’s Tennessee Performing Arts Center in a swirl of kaleidoscope colors.  The production ran four performance days in the Andrew Jackson Hall, Thursday, February 19 through Sunday, February 22, 2015.

Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Tim Rice, this musical classic is the enthusiastic, humorous, and colorful retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph, from the Book of Genesis, and his “coat of many colors.”  Full of fantastic songs from beginning to end, including the lovely and timeless “Any Dream Will Do,” the musical has survived the test of time since it was first performed in 1968.
The new touring production is directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, and is a fine looking group of extremely talented performers . . . I’m talking abs, ya’ll! . . . lots and lots of muscular, tan abs . . . just sayin’.
The stunning Diana DeGarmo shined in the role of the Narrator. Her beautiful voice weaved together the quick moving plot with sweetness, humor, and a killer vocal range.  At the age of sixteen, DeGarmo was a popular performer on American Idol, and went on to become the first alum to star on Broadway.
Handsome Ace Young played Joseph with a gentleness and endearing vulnerability.  The songs “Close Every Door” and “Go, Go, Joseph” allow Young the opportunity to display the power of his pop vocals.  Young was also a performer on American Idol and is a Grammy-nominated songwriter.
It is no mystery that I LOVE an enthusiastic ensemble of high energy performers dancing, flipping, and spinning all over the stage . . . and this production did not disappoint.  The clever staging and zealous choreography combined to create a truly dynamic and super fun production.
I found myself smiling every time Joseph’s eleven brothers were on stage.  They were wonderfully engaging for the audience and, it seemed, each other as well, appearing to have a genuine good time. Their presence was light, humorous, and completely at home on stage.  I really must give a shout out to Max Kumangai (Judah), Paul Castree (Simeon), and Brian Golub (Reuben), who were fantastic in each of their shining musical moments.
This show is absolute entertainment for the entire family.  If you have the opportunity to catch this cast in the current tour, I highly recommend it and guarantee a fantastic trip to the theater.
Diana DeGarmo as Narrator in “Poor, Poor Joseph.”  Photography by Daniel A. Swalec.

Diana DeGarmo as Narrator in “Poor, Poor Joseph.”
Photography by Daniel A. Swalec.

WHEN: Thursday, February 19 – Sunday, February 22, 2015

WHERE: 

Andrew Jackson Hall: Tennessee Performing Arts Center
505 Deaderick St.
Nashville, TN 37219
Ph. 615-782-4040

 

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