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C from Chicago Suburbs
A TRAIN WRECK
I likened this show to watching the movie Battle Field Earth. It is so terrible that you can't help be be amused. Well, at least for awhile, but after a time it begins to wear on you. While the cast had plenty of talent, the restaging of the show in Vegas was absurd, and the impressions of celebrities ruined nearly every musical number. I was excited when I saw that Drury was going to be doing Joseph and looked forward to it for some time. Now I feel cheated. This show was nothing but a parodoy and should have been billed as such. Drury usually does a great job, but they really dropped the ball on this one.
Lisa from Chicago, Illinois
WHERE WAS THE DREAMCOAT
I have never been more disappointed in a production than I was in the abomination. The last thing I wanted to see was Joseph in his boxer shorts. Where on earth was the Dreamcoat? This production was raunchy. There was nothing redeeming about this show. These plays become classics because we enjoy them so much. Someone needs to go back to the original drawing board on this show. It will be a long time before I see another production at Drury Lane that is how disappointed I was in this remake.
Marsha from Naperville, Il.
WHAT A CRUSHING DISAPPOINTMENT
Wishing to share my love of the music and story of Joseph and the Amazing Tecnicolor Dreamcoat, I took my granddaughter along tonight. I had been telling her about it and the beautiful music. I was in a sickening state of shock to view the worst butcher job of a classic musical that I have ever seen. Watching Joseph prancing around in his boxers and all the cheesy Vegas impersonators.
Donna from Chicago, Illinois
SHOCKING AND DISRESPECTFUL
I purchased tickets to take my Mom out for her birthday. We were excited because we never were able to see it when Donny Osmond starred in the play. This play is not anything like the original but it has the same name? The actors/actresses are talented. However, the costumes were hardly there, the seats we were in, section 3 row AA seats 1 and 2, had obstructed views and beads/feathers from the costumes shot at us with the earnest dancing scenes. I am embarrassed that I took my Mom to se this. I left there, ordered the original version with Donny Osmond on DVD so that Mom and I can finally enjoy it. Never, ever will we recommend this to anyone.
Bill from Chicago, Illinois
TERRIBLE, JUST TERRIBLE
I have been a season ticket holder for thirty years and have never been so disappointed. I wanted to see the original Joseph and thought that was what I would get when I bought the tickets. This show was awful. They completely ruined a beautiful story and I was embarrassed for all of the families in the audience, many of whom left after act 1. I hope the lesson is learned and South Pacific better not go down the same road or I will not ever buy tickets again!
Steven A. Matuszak from Hinsdale, Illinois
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Drury Lane's modern-day aberration of Joseph is not representative of the true spirit, the essence, the message, and the experience that its original creators intended to convey,, and I feel deeply sorry for any Joseph newbie--anyone seeing Joseph for the very first time--whose initial exposure to Joseph is this one at Drury Lane. Honestly, it's like not seeing Joseph at all! Thank goodness that I actually went "solo" on opening night to scout out this play for what would have been a large group (family and friends) outing later in the season. My $60 single ticket saved our family from the $240+ we would have wasted had we made the mistake of attending together this too techy, too fleshy aberration. NOT GONNA HAPPEN. Thinking of seeing this mess? Look elsewhere folks. Be smart. Wait for the next REAL production of Joe to pop up at another venue. The lady next to me swore she was not renewing her 4 season seats. The Mom and daughter behind me left at intermission. Kudos to you, Mom!
Zak Stevens from Chicago, Illinois
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING (NOT) TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Don't waste your time and cash, unless you're in the mood for shock and disappointment, especially if you've ever before experienced a truly magical Joseph production.. In this mock version, the story--or what is supposed to develop as a story--loses its way (and the often very quiet audience!) in a series of fits and distractions all due to the producers' addiction to flashy tech and--what some DL higher-ups will undoubtedly defend as an "avant-garde" approach--a Las Vegas theme that cranks out an incessant stream of celebrity impersonations. Yes, narrator Christine Bianco is talented...but is this the right. vehicle for Joseph? Sorry. Really bad call. A Vegas hotel room as the setting? "Something is rotten in Denmark"... and in Oakbrook, IL. Way too much flesh bouncing around up there in this over-modified, sexified PARODY of Joseph. NOT for families or even tweens. Heck, I wouldn't even see this with my adult in-laws or neighbors! Sorry. It's like not seeing Joseph at all.
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