By Barry Reszel The key take-away from Citadel Theatre Company’s holiday-season production of family-favorite Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is that this cast sings the heck out of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s high-energy, tuneful songbook. Celebrating the show’s 50th anniversary, Director Robert Estrin and Musical Director Ryan Brewster let the music in this multi-genred
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What Snowgirls lacks in any sort of substance, it more than makes up for with its bawdy premise, its deliciously smutty humor and its commitment to making a glittering holiday delight.
It’s a well-tuned machine, to be sure, but not worn out. Quite the contrary; from the get-go, the performers are ingratiating, singing carols, cracking wise, and getting everyone up to speed on how things are going to work out. (Most importantly, applaud when the “applause” sign lights up.)
Not only does this production of Joseph… provide audiences with a highly entertaining evening in the theatre, this show easily rivals anything seen at some of the bigger, more prominent Chicago venues. It also offers the promise of some undiscovered talent and a new season of even higher excellence.
Though objectively a great piece of opera, it doesn’t have the same glitter or believable romance as La Traviata and lacks the musical iconicity of Rigoletto.