Ryan Williams as Pharaoh and Ace Young as Joseph in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. Photo by Daniel A. Swalec.
Guest writer Alyssa Green takes her son to Broadway Sacramento’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The result? A new theater fan is born.
Last night I accompanied my 11-year-old son to his first Broadway musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Not only is Joseph a beloved musical for veteran theater-goers, but it is the perfect production for a first-timer. It offers something for just about everyone: a little country, a little rock-n-roll, a little seriousness, along with a lot of dancing, singing, fun and flash. It’s a seriously good time. With favorites “Close Every Door” and “Any Dream Will Do,” how could you go wrong?
I was beyond excited to share this experience with my son — to see this production through his eyes. He was excited too, but not quite sure what to expect with his past theater experiences consisting of a few high school plays and a couple of B Street Theatre Family Series productions. Once he walked into the Community Center Theater and saw the vastness of its size, he realized that this show was going to be different.
As the lights came over the stage and the music began, I watched my son. I saw his eyes open wide as if truly seeing something for the first time. The story line, the music (Joseph’s Coat!), the dancing, the lights – all of it kept his attention throughout the first half. However, the real highlight for him (and the audience by the sound of it) was when Elvis/Pharaoh made his appearance in the second act singing “Song of the King.” Eyes became wider, and a smile turned into laughter as the King sang, pointed to the audience, winked and shook his hips in true Elvis fashion. This is when Joseph turned from being a great show to “magnificent and hilarious” in the eyes of my 11-year-old boy. My job was done. I sat back with a smile and enjoyed the rest of the show. Not only because it was immensely entertaining, but because a mother’s first attempt at raising a theater-loving child had been a success.
To say Joseph’s coat is amazing would be an understatement! Photo by Daniel Brodie.
Don’t miss your chance to see the trials and triumphs of Israel’s favorite son. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will continue to wow audiences through February 1 at the Community Center Theater. For showtimes and ticketing information, visit the show’s Sacramento365.com event page.
***This review was written by Sacramento365.com contributor, Alyssa Green.