Staged by Tim Perrino, this Joseph is a bunch of young Israeli adults exploring the Holy Land.
After a wearying climb on some ruins, they fall asleep — and Joseph (excellent tenor Jonathan Zeng has an easy, wide-eyed presence) begins to dream the familiar story, aided by a Narrator (Michelle Wells, whose voice is the most powerful in the production). Others become Joseph’s siblings and other familiar characters, including Potiphar (Tyler Gau), who enslaves young Joseph, and the Pharaoh (Donnie McGovern applies the necessary camp to the Elvis filter).
Perrino has assembled a fast-paced production that plays with the various musical styles that include Elvis-styled Rock, French ballads, Western Swing, Calypso and more. Stone walls and palms slide back to reveal a sphinx and a smoking entrance for the Pharaoh. The jaunty show covers the familiar tale in about 90 minutes, including an intermission. It’s not groundbreaking in any way, but Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is another example of solid entertainment that the Covedale has presented with increasingly predictable regularity for 10 seasons.
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, presented by Cincinnati Landmark Productions at the Covedale Center, continues through May 13.Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.