Playhouse 2000's production of the musical opens Friday at the
The humorous musical retelling follows the trials and triumphs of Joseph --
The musical score is full of unforgettable
"We chose 'Joseph' because it gives us another chance to put everyone from children to grandparents on stage together," director
The musical, he said, "is a very free-wheeling show; there are lots of opportunities for improvising the action. It's fun, but it takes a lot of time and creative energy to keep everything moving forward."
The role of Joseph is played by
"I think what really speaks to me about the character of Joseph is his childlike innocence," Farmer said. "Joseph is just a loving kid, much like I would describe my younger self, who wanted to share his dreams with those around him that he loved."
The most challenging part of the role, Farmer said, "has been having to learn how to manage my choreography in my amazing colored coat that I wear."
Farmer said the show has provided him a chance to perform with some of his friends, including his partner,
"The show has been choreographed in such a professional and brilliant manner," Roussel said. "Our director, music director and two choreographers are so good at what they do."
"Someone should see this show because it is a colorful, happy, life-filled and very family-oriented show. There is so much energy and excitement on stage," Farmer said. "The audience will be singing along by the end of the show, and there is no way to get these beautiful tunes out of your head when you leave."
The show's large cast also features
In addition to the featured players, the cast includes more than 20 actors who portray additional brothers, various Egyptians, "Hairy Ishmaelites," and more, including a children's chorus.
"The purpose of 'Joseph' is for the audience to have a good time, while hearing a little more about an important and historical story," Brown said. "If we can get everyone up, dancing and singing along with us in the finale, we'll have done our jobs."
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