Back by popular demand, Align Entertainment presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. The Andrew Loyd Webber musical tells the story of Joseph – Jacob’s favourite son, who was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers.
The title role goes to Stuart Barkley, who brings his delightful interpretation of Joseph as the naive yet determined dreamer in search of his place in the world. One of the most memorable moments of the play for me was Mr. Barkley’s rendition of “Close Every Door” – his strong vocal styles brought the song to life.
Another noteworthy performance is Justin Lapena’s as Pharaoh – his Elvis’ stylings were comedic timing genius.
I saw Joseph at the old Centre for the Performance Arts back in the 90’s with Donny Osmond. I can honestly say that Align Entertainment puts on a good caliber performance with a full-orchestra and costumes and there are a few funny references to the Lower Mainland that infuse the show with a bit of local flavour.
The tale of Joseph is a bible-school favourite, and I love the tongue-and-cheek style of the ALW’s musical. There are plenty of humorous references for the adults, but still good fun for the whole family.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat is playing now until November 18 at the Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby. Purchase tickets here.