Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Look: Joseph is basically a broken, 40-year-old gumball machine that takes your money up front then continues to administer frothy musical confections until you’re sitting in a sugar coma. The show dates from 1968, long before Jesus Christ Superstar made household names of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice. Center stage for most of the show is American Idol runner-up Anthony Fedorov, who brings a degree of blondness to Joseph that would have made Joseph Smith proud. Federov belts his part with enthusiasm, but clearly has work to do as an actor. Likewise Jennifer Paz, who lends an Annette Funicello earnestness, but often loses in skirmishes with the orchestra over who should be heard most clearly. The biggest hams were also the most fun to watch, and it’s no coincidence that the 11 actors who play Joseph’s brothers have the best-written roles, too. KEVIN PHINNEY

Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 10. Continues through Nov. 1, 2009

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