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Al from Park Ridge, Illinois
My wife and I went to the Friday preview performance with another couple and left wondering why this version of Joseph was not advertised as a parody and in some small late-night theater that features amusing but off-color shows. We put up with the technical glitches but had no idea of the plot. I still don't know how lyrics that refer to "corn" and "Israel" fit in with scenes of a Joseph grinding on top of a stripper and scantily clad showgirls, brothers dressed like pirates, and a father looking like a gangster from Robin and the Seven Hoods. Talented singing was wasted by the emphasis on celebrity impressions that were just awful and difficult to understand. This performance was a fraud on the audience who came to revisit the classic or see the show for the first time. Maine South High School's version of the show years ago was more professional and entertaining. This show was embarrassing and a waste of talent, time and money. Drury Lane, what were you thinking?
Alan from Northwest Ohio
A TECHNICOLOR YAWN
If I wanted to see Vegas impersonations, I would have gone back to the Strip for more discount tickets to American Superstars (and once was plenty for that one). Somewhere – masked in all the indecipherable lyrics during impressions of Britney Spears, Elton John, Cher, showgirls and the like – was supposed to be the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Instead of following the classic story (whenever we could recognize it), we ended up more focused on whether it was a good or bad Céline Dion impression, or whether the guys' privates would pop out of their showgirls’ costumes. If you’re a church group, this is not your parents’, grandparents’ or pastors' Joseph performance. In fact I’m not exactly sure whose Joseph performance it was. Certainly not for kids, and our 15-year-old-theater-performer daughter gave it a 2/10. Save your time and money and just go watch Christina Bianco on youtube, then imagine sitting through 2 hours and a finale full of that. Enough said.
Laurel from Ohio
WOULD RATE 0 STARS IF THAT WERE AN OPTION
We were so looking forward to our family trip to Chicago to see this production and it was a huge disappointment. The Vegas theme just didn't work for me and by the light applause in the audience others felt the same. You could not understand the majority of what the narrator was singing due to her impressions and the story was completely lost. Just when we were thrilled it was over, the final bows took a turn for the worse when the mediocre impersonations seemed to go on forever as the cast stood by awkwardly. What a shame!
Cindy from Chicago, Illinois
HORRIBLE! DON'T SEE THIS SHOW
I was hoping to see the original musical and just ended up watching a remake that was so inappropriate for young audiences. I wasted my money on this show so please don't do the same. It's a screwed up version of the original.
Amanda D. from Warrenville, Illinois
WHAT WAS THAT?!?
This was NOT Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! I wish that I could give this 0 stars. I have seen Joseph before, and thought that my husband would enjoy it for a date night . We were both very confused, especially when a bunch of Vegas acts like Brittney Spears and Celion Dion made appearances. To be honest, The name of the performance should be changed to "What drug was Joseph taking in Vegas". It really should say something about it being a twisted version of the original in the Title and description. It was flat out weird. Waste of time and money. The costumes were embarrassing and the plot was hard to follow.
Sue from Chicago, Illinois
THIS SHOW WAS AWFUL
I was expecting a nice show. As others have said this was a Vegas style show. In one scene Joseph was practically having sex on stage. Half the time I couldn't understand the words to the songs because the performers were so busy trying to impersonate Vegas stars the words were not clear. I would not recommend this show to anyone. It was a waste of time and money,
Janet D from Chicago, Illinois
TOTALLY CHANGED AND NOT FOR THE BETTER
I was very uncomfortable watching this show with my children. I certainly didn't expect to see Joseph's brothers in drag as Vegas showgirls, pasties and all. My husband had ordered the tickets as soon as he saw the ad because it's a show we know and love. He didn't read the fine print which said this production contains sexual content and provocative clothing. Not only was that certainly the case but, ironically, the interpretation was immature. "Any Dream Will Do" was ruined by sophomoric overacting as were several other songs. The overuse of Christina Bianco's impressions led me to wonder if the director rewrote a show, any show, that would highlight her talents. We paid to see Joseph, not this R-rated flop.
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