The Legacy Theatre’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, by Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics), presents all the fun and campiness that people love about the show and offers a fantastic family night at the theater.
While not one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s greatest shows, the musical has remained popular due to its charm and zaniness. The musical follows the Biblical story of Joseph, taking its title from his coat of many colors. From Potiphar to the Pharaoh, the show pokes fun at celebrity, but at its core is the story of Joseph and reconciliation with his father and brothers.
The choreography by Bethany Smith is a dazzling presentation, and the talent of the dancers in the cast is on full display. The production showcases some of the best of the young dancing talent in the Atlanta area. Ranging from simple steps to complex movements and jumps, the staging is at times visually stunning.
With songs like “Any Dream Will Do,” the music is part of what audiences love about the musical, and the Legacy production doesn’t disappoint. Standouts include “Joseph’s Coat,” “One More Angel in Heaven,” and the closing “Joseph Megamix.” Each one allows Smith’s Choreography to shine.
As Joseph, Dylan Hauck, with an infectious smile, charms the crowd as the lead. His performance in the heartfelt “Close Every Door,” is quite memorable. As the narrator, Mandy Mitchell’s vocals are stellar, but her stage presence is sometimes lacking, allowing her part to be overshadowed at times. Mark Smith not only directs the show, but he also performs the role of the Pharaoh quite humorously. His antics as the Elvis-themed character please the crowd.
The show also includes a 20-plus children’s choir with each performance. Divided into three different choirs, 67 kids will perform in the production with each of the groups performing on different nights.
Legacy Theatre’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat runs through July 29. For tickets and more information, please visit the theater’s website. The shows run time is a little under two hours including one intermission.
– Kenny Norton