Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber
Dates and Venue November 4 - 19, 2016 | Michael J. Fox Theatre, 7373 MacPherson Ave., Burnaby
Director Chad Matchette Musical Director Kevin Michael Cripps Choreographer Melissa Turpin
I had heard that Align Entertainment has been producing excellent family-friendly musicals (Shrek, Addams Family, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) for a few years but hadn’t yet been to one of their productions. Align Entertainment’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoatis fantastic! The large cast is strong and their voices are incredible! The music is beautiful and Melissa Turpin’s choreography is great!
This is a very professional and polished production. Kevin Michael Cripps has done an amazing job and is, without a doubt, one of Vancouver’s best musical directors. The orchestra and voices are wonderful playing and singing the many diverse genres in the musical. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber have crafted many catchy, classic songs and they are impeccably executed in this production. I don’t know how Align Entertainment found so many strong male singers to play the 12 brothers, particularly with other musicals happening around town, but they did it.
There is lots of humour in the show and it is also family friendly. About half of the cast are kids as well. The large cast bring lots of energy and look like they are having a lot of fun. There are too many memorable moments and characters to list them all here.
The plot is a bit thin but the music more than makes up for it, especially in this production. The script could have used some female driven stories as well.
Director and producer Chad Matchette has brought together an incredible team and it’s wonderful to have such high calibre family entertainment in the lower mainland. I look forward to their next show, A Little Mermaid, in February and all of their future productions. Congratulations to everyone involved in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for creating such a polished and entertaining production! See it while you can!
© 2016 Jim MacDonald