Deborah Gibson leads the cast of the Paper Mill Playhouse revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, beginning performances at the New Jersey venue June 9 for a run through July 25.
Gibson most recently played the clothes-shedding title character in Paper Mill Playhouse's successful revival of Gypsy, which also starred Betty Buckley. Broadway credits for the late 80s pop diva include stints as Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Eponine in Les Miserables. Gibson will play Joseph's Narrator.
Joining Gibson in the cast are Patrick Cassidy as Joseph and four members of the Osmonds Second Generation Cassidy appeared on Broadway in Leader of the Pack and Off-Broadway in Assassins. The four Osmonds who will appear as various brothers of Joseph are Jon, Michael, Nathan and Scott. The four toured last year with several other Osmonds in a production of Joseph that took them through the United States and Canada.
Also in the cast are Michael Bartoli, Jeffrey Bateman, Lili Calahan, Natalie Collins, Ricky Cortez, Scott Davidson, Michael Etzwiler, Andre Garner, Melissa Hurley, Danielle Jolie, Eric Martsolf, Rebekah Osmond, Megan Osterhaus, Rob Russo, Joseph Sark, Kim Shriver, Lauren Wagner, Thom Christopher Warren, Adam Williams and Courtney Young. A children's chorus cullied from kids across New Jersey will also be featured.
Directing this Joseph is Dallett Norris. Other tours Norris has helmed include Joseph, Grand Hotel, South Pacific and the Japanese and American tours of Can Can with Chita Rivera. Helen Gregory musical directs. The design team includes James Fouchard (sets), Bruce Harrow (costumes), Rick Belzer (lighting) and Craig Cassidy (sound).
For tickets ($55-$25) to the Paper Mill dates, call the Paper Mill Box Office at (973) 376-4343. The Paper Mill Playhouse is located on the web at http://www.papermill.org
Paper Mill Playhouse will co-produce a tour of the show with Troika Entertainment and the Pittsburgh Light Opera. The tour's opening will be in Cleveland, OH with these cities to follow:
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Dates for these venues have not yet been announced.
-- By Christine Ehren