Deborah Gibson will finish her stint as the narrator in the Paper Mill Playhouse's revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat July 25. Performances began at the New Jersey venue June 9. Fans of Gibson need not despair, however, as she and the Joseph company will move on, mounting a national tour that will travel across the United States and Canada.
The Joseph tour opens July 28 at Cleveland's Palace Theatre for a run through Aug. 1. The rest of the tour's intinerary follows:
Aug. 6-10: Green Bay, WI; Weidner Center
Aug. 12-14: Saskatoon, SK; Centennial
Aug. 17-22: San Diego, CA; Civic Theatre
Aug. 24-29: Seattle, WA; Opera House
Sept. 14-Oct. 3: Minneapolis, MN; Historic State Theatre
Oct. 5-10: Detroit, MI; Masonic Temple Theatre
Oct. 12-17: Louisville, KY; Whitney Hall/Kentucky Center
Oct. 19-24: Raleigh, NC; Memorial Auditorium
Oct. 26-31: TBA
Nov. 2-7: Wallingford, CT; Oakdale Theatre
Nov. 9-10: Jacksonville, FL; Moran Theatre
Nov. 11-13: St. Petersburg, FL; Mahaffey Theatre/Bayfront Center
Nov. 16-21: Pasadena, CA; Civic Auditorium
Nov. 23-28: San Francisco, CA; Orpheum Theatre
Dec. 1-12: Chicago, IL; Shubert Theatre
Dec. 14-19: Philadelphia, PA; Merriam Theatre
Dec. 26-Jan. 2: Boston, MA; Shubert Theatre
Jan. 4-16: TBA
Jan. 18-23: Baltimore, MD; Lyric Opera House
Jan. 25-30: Columbus, OH; Mersham Theatre
More dates are expected to be announced.
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 (Benjamin) , Michael (Dan), Nathan (Zebulan) and Scott (Gad). 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.
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.
Paper Mill Playhouse co-produces the tour with Troika Entertainment and the Pittsburgh Light Opera.
-- By Christine Ehren