"Joseph is the one brother wanting to make everybody happy," Young said in a phone interview from the tour stop in
The Young brothers are all athletes, he said, and were competitive in all sports. As a 9-year-old, he watched older brother Marc sing "More Than Words" in a high school talent show.
"I had no idea how much music would influence my life," he said. After school, he was deciding between a future in football or music.
"My father's response was, 'What am I going to watch on Friday and Saturday?'" Young said, referring to his football games. But within a year, Young had sold a song for a children's movie, sung the national anthem at sporting events and realized he had a chance. So he moved to
"Both of us doing 'American Idol,' it feels like we went to the same college," he said, and knew the same professors. "Idol" is a close-knit family, Young said.
Young and DeGarmo first performed together on
"Now working with her doing 'Joseph' is just a dream come true," Young said. They've brought along their dog on tour, too -- a miniature Daschund named Rosie.
Young and DeGarmo don't have the normal relationship where a couple each goes to a different job and then tells each other about it at the end of the day, he said.
"Once we get back home, we're watching movies and relaxing, and we write songs," Young said of their off-stage time on tour. Once they head back home to
The couple's "Hair" performances were on
"The most interesting thing about touring is not only a new environment, but a new team," Young said. That includes new backstage costume dressers, band members and people who work the "house," a theater term for on-site staff. Young said he and DeGarmo love people and enjoy meeting and working with everyone.
When Young first moved to
Young said he enjoyed the music most when he first saw "Joseph." Webber covers so many music genres, he said.
"I really enjoyed the diversity of the music -- was blown away by it."
This production has little twists, he said, like the prologue reprise sung by Young and DeGarmo, who otherwise don't interact in the show.
"I'm really excited," Young said.
WHAT: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"
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