Thingamajig’s ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ is Must-See Theater

It has been said that Donny Osmond ‘owns’ the role of Joseph in the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

Not anymore.

The big musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” opened the 2015 summer repertory season at Pagosa’s professional, intimate Thingamajig Theater, showing at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

“Joseph” is the story of a boy whose dreams come true in more ways than one. The uplifting message is that you could be that boy.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber / Tim Rice collaboration is loosely based on the Bible’s Book of Genesis — in particular, the story of Jacob’s eleventh son, Joseph. The fast-paced, all-sung production – full of parody and laugh-out-loud humor – is far removed from Bible Study class, yet appropriate for those who study the Bible, as well as those who’ve never cracked The Good Book.

In fact, this is a musical production for those who’ve never cracked the door to live theater. In other words, “Joseph” is a musical theater experience made for every Pagosa tourist, resident, man, woman, and child.

Photo courtesy Doug Chapin.

Photo courtesy Doug Chapin.

Why do I feel confident enough to make such a claim? “Joseph” exudes exceptional talent. It would be a sin to miss it.

Which brings me back to Donny Osmond, who played Joseph on Broadway and in the 1999 film version, and then to Luke Hefner, who plays Joseph in our local production. Hefner is young, handsome, distractingly buff, and possesses a trained voice and a natural acting talent (surely the result of hard work). Hefner is Joseph. Move over, Donny.

Audrey Layne Crocker, as Narrator in “Joseph” is just as exceptional as Hefner. She is the glue that holds the story together. While mesmerized by Crocker, there was a moment when I thought it was Judy Garland I was watching and listening to. She has Garland’s look and sound and stage presence.

The beautiful duet sung by Joseph and the Narrator in the closing moments was spine-tingling.

The rest of the professional cast of 17 entertained with non-stop singing and dancing – one show-stopper number after another. “Joseph”, directed by Tim Moore and choreographed by Ryan Hazelbaker, is campy and fun.

The good news is that the incredible cast of “Joseph” will perform in four musicals all summer long, in repertoire. For example, it will be amazing to see the Elvis-inspired Pharaoh in “Joseph” transform into the lead role in “Tarzan”, opening June 25. That’s the magic of professional repertoire theater.

Pagosa is blessed to be home to this wonderful professional theater. Enrich your life and your summer in Pagosa with a visit (or four) to Thingamajig Theater at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, with tickets available at www.pagosacenter.org.

It just might be the most memorable thing you do in Pagosa this summer.

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Cynda Green

Cynda Green enjoys writing about various and sundry topics, least of which is local politics.