“JOSEPH AND HIS AMAZING COAT” DAZZLES AT DOWNTOWN CABARET

By Bonnie Goldberg

Sibling rivalry and the green eyed god of jealousy unite majestically in the biblical tale of Joseph, one of twelve brothers, who proclaims himself so very special.  It’s not enough that Jacob, the father of the clan, designates Joseph as his favorite, he also gifts him with a magnificent rainbow-hued coat.  When Joseph declares himself a unique interpreter of dreams, where everyone bows down to his superiority, he seals his fate.

As teenagers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice penned a truly delightful musical about this singular man: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and you have the privilege of attending a performance weekends until Sunday, December 19, with an extra performance to celebrate New Year’s Eve, on Friday, December 31.  The Downtown Cabaret Theatre of Bridgeport will present this sterling musical presentation that travels from the ancient land of Canaan to mysterious Egypt, capturing musical genres from rock and roll, country western, calypso and ballads, with a French flair, along the way.

Jodi Langel is most engaging as the Narrator of the story who follows Kristofer Stock’s charming Joseph from his betrayal by his brothers all the way to his rise as the number two man, second only to the Egyptian Pharaoh (Jesse Luttrell). Along the way, Joseph is sold as a slave, employed by Potiphar (John Royse), beguiled by Potiphar’s wife (J. Nycole Ralph), interpreted the dreams of a baker (Ricky Altamirano) and a butler (Jeffery Dinan) and is front and center for a confab with the big Kahuna himself, the Pharaoh, for another round of dreams.  Ultimately Joseph is reunited with his clan and they do, indeed, bow down to him when he rescues them from famine.

Director Scott Thompson does a fabulous job making this a technicolor spectacular, with able assistance by music director Stan Wietrzychowski, sound by Joe Boerst, lighting by Hugh Hallinan, scenic design by J Branson and costumes by Lesley Neilson-Bowman.

For tickets ($29.50-46.50, New Year’s Eve $75), call the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport at 203-576-1636 or online at www.downtowncabaret.org.  Performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5:30 p.m.  Don’t forget to pack a picnic to enjoy with the show.

Follow the favored son of Jacob as he realizes that being singled out for greatness can have a downside as well as being powerful potential.

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