Saturday, October 22, 2011

Lyceum’s "Joseph" Shows Lots of Male Flesh


Copyright © 2011 by Leo E. Laurence, J.D. • All rights reserved

With male singer-dancers mostly bare-chested, bare feet and wearing only wrap-arounds; but fully clothed females, “the director had to be Gay,” said Justin Chisolm, 23, after attending a preview performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza on September 23.
First performed in London in 1973, the musical had a cast of 25 — mostly young guys – and a youth choir of 18, backed up by a full orchestra.
It supposedly told the story and Joseph and his jealous brothers in ancient Egypt, but the sets and revealing costumes (on the guys anyway) were far from Egyptian. Even the props were modern.
The singers were entertaining, but one overweight singer who unsuccessfully tried an Elvis impersonation didn’t work. And none of the singers — some professional – came close to the high quality of those in the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus.
Only one singer received a solid, spontaneous applause from the audience, Jimmy Keith Latimer, Jr. of San Diego.
The lead singer, Eric Kunze, stripped off his shirt in the first five minutes. But he did have a hot body.
The San Diego Musical Theatre will perform The Marvelous Wonderettes January 6-22, and the popular Rent on May 11-27.