"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is on stage now at Indianapolis Civic Theatre. The show, a creation of Broadway icons Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, is a mutt of various productions. It combines everything from country-western to calypso musical stylings.
The show is a recreation of the Biblical tale of Joseph and his 11 brothers. Joseph is the apple of his father's eye and his brothers are jealous. Their anger sends him on a one-way trip to Egypt, where he is sold into slavery. The show may have its basis in a Biblical story, but God has no part in the production. Instead, the musical turns the tale into an upbeat, jovial romp. With an Elvis-impersonating Pharaoh of Egypt and a singing camel, it relies heavily on its jokes and gags.
Joseph Robert Doyel makes a great Joseph. In an over-the-top musical, he underplays most scenes, bringing a quiet humor to the show with his expressions. His vocals had a soothing quality and provided a glimpse at his obvious talent.
Supporting character Tom Beeler plays Reuben, one of Joseph's many brothers. His solo performance of "Those Canaan Days," a soulful French number was delightful.
The musical is light-hearted and entertaining, but audiences shouldn't expect a deeper message from this holiday show.
Performances: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" closed Jan. 6, 2008.