'Joseph' Fun -- but Not Amazing
Byline: Scott C. Morgan firstname.lastname@example.org
I missed the still-talked-about 1990s Chicago Theatre production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," which had a long run thanks to the pop star power of Donny Osmond and its rotating area children's choruses.
So I don't know how the new tour of the musical stacks up to that production, or how "American Idol" alum Ace Young compares to Osmond in the title role. But what I can say is that this "Joseph" tour, now at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre, is technically proficient and professional -- though perhaps not the must-see event it could have been. For those who've yet to see it, Andrew Lloyd Webber and librettist Tim Rice's "Joseph" is a glitz-filled musical take on the story of biblical patriarch Jacob's favorite son, sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and later elevated to a position of power in Egypt.
As Joseph, Young lives up to his heartthrob "Idol" status and executes the role's vocal and dance demands with precision. Yet he didn't tap into extra acting layers of pathos from "Close Every Door" (the show's one serious song) or guile when interpreting the dreams of the Elvis Presley-inspired Pharaoh (a very macho Ryan Williams). …