Clay Aiken – Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – VIDEO

Check out this first glimpse of Clay Aiken as Joseph in the Ogunquit Playhouse presentation of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

The production stars the Season 2 American Idol alum and Tony Award nominee Keala Settle.

The show runs through August 25 at the playhouse in Ogunquit, ME. Click for Ticket Information.

  • Allison

    The production looks very good for regional theater. I remember tracking down the original recording of Dreamcoat, after Superstar made Webber famous. Clay seems a great choice for Joseph.

  • Larc

    There was an August 4 review for the show in the Portland Press Herald. Among generally positive comments, the review says, “Aiken does fine by his title role, but the show owes its strength equally to a sterling cast that gets to loosen up and fly high in some of the very entertaining set pieces and ensemble numbers.”

  • jeff2683

    Clay Aiken is really, really good.

    I am not the only one who thinks so. Scott Moreau of BWW thinks so too!

    “First and foremost, I will have to say that I have never watched American Idol. I’ve never been a big fan of the show’s concept, nor am I really a fan of “pop” music. That said, I was BLOWN AWAY by Clay Aiken in the title role. His voice sounds limitless in the role to the point that it almost sounds TOO EASY for his versatile voice. I found myself wondering how many keys had been raised, or how many times he was singing an octave above what was written. His vocal display is truly astounding, and more than that it is always clear as bell and you never struggle to understand what he is singing. It was also refreshing to see a different take on JOSEPH; often times actors choose to make him boastful and almost full of himself. You can see from the very start that Mr. Aiken is a shy, humble JOSEPH who longs to be accepted by his brothers and it’s his naïveté that brings upon his misfortune, not ill will. I was more than surprised by his turn in the second act as the Pharaoh’s right hand man who attempts to trick his brothers. And his rendition of “Close Every Door” will bring you to your feet.”

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that Keala Settle (Tony nominee), the guy who plays the pharaoh and others in the cast have been singled out in reviews as being outstanding. Glad to see a high quality show at a regional theater. I’ve never been to a show at this theater, but the area is really beautiful.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Link to the BWW review:

    http://maine.broadwayworld.com/article/BWW-Reviews-JOSEPH-AND-THE-AMAZING-TECNICOLOR-DREAMCOAT-is-More-Than-Amazing-at-The-Ogunquit-Playhouse-20130812

    Lots of praise for the entire cast, production and show in this review. The reviewer was even more impressed by Keala Settle:

    Perhaps even more impressive is the incomparable Keala Settle as the Narrator. It’s little wonder why; Ms. Settle is not far removed from her triumphant portrayal of Norma Valverde in Broadway’s Hands On A Hardbody, for which she received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critic’s Circle Award nominations. Her voice is truly something to behold. Powerful, clear and her precise diction leaves no doubt of the story she tells. Her adept riffs and veritable vocal acrobatics are always appropriate, soulful and…well….amazing. Aside from her praise-worthy vocals, Ms. Settle is so emotionally engaged in JOSEPH’S story, she becomes less an omniscient observer (as Narrators in this piece are often resigned to be), and more a faithful friend who facilitates every movement on stage, and offers support to JOSEPH every step of the way. Equally emotional and soul-stirring are the first sung words she sings in the Prologue, and by song’s end she has prepared you for the vocal tour de force she is.

    The perfectly coiffed pompadour and dashing good looks of Matthew Ragas’ Pharaoh only give a glimpse at the Presely-esque performance he gives the audience. Another pleasant surprise, Mr. Ragas vocals are his own (powerful, adept and rock n’ roll-tinged) and he merely gives a nod and a wink to the King, rather than do an impression or a “hubba hubba” style take on the role. More than a few women swooned when he was revealed to sing his tune; ladies, be forewarned. Bill Nolte is fatherly, comedic and a breath of fresh air in his various roles (Jacob/Potiphar/The Baker), and his booming baritone is an utter treat and surprise (perhaps it’s because I’ve seen/done the show with actors who weren’t singers). Craig Laurie’s lead on “Canaan Days” is equally hilarious and pure genius (his Franglais accent will keep you laughing from start to finish) as are the featured dancers in the number, Bridget Noltimier and Casey Garvin. Alex Puettes’ twangy “One More Angel in Heaven” will have you saying YEE-HAW before its finish, and Nicholas Ward’s fantastic bass vocals in the “Benjamin Calypso” are so rich and soulful you’ll be wishing you heard even more of the brilliant places the score lets his seemingly bottomless bass voice come through.”

  • fuzzywuzzy
  • Taz

    I would love to see this, based on the video, it looks great. Wonderful voices and music.

  • karatx

    What a great video. I wish I could get to Maine to see this show. Close Every Door sounds so fantastic! I am so happy Clay is getting this chance to be in such a fun show.

  • BabyLove

    If you look at this writer’s reviews, he gushes over every single play and actor he has ever reviewed. Not saying that Clay was not good (I did not see the show), but this review is worthless.

  • LeahKittyS

    I just saw the show today. Clay was fantastic! The whole show was spectacular, really; it’s one I’ve always wanted to see. The narrator and the guy who played the Pharaoh were particularly entertaining. And Clay signed my ticket afterwards! Summer = made.

  • invisible

    This is Clay’s part review:

    “First
    and foremost, I will have to say that I have never watched American
    Idol. I’ve never been a big fan of the show’s concept, nor am I really a
    fan of “pop” music. That said, I was BLOWN AWAY by Clay Aiken
    in the title role. His voice sounds limitless in the role to the point
    that it almost sounds TOO EASY for his versatile voice. I found myself
    wondering how many keys had been raised, or how many times he was
    singing an octave above what was written. His vocal display is truly
    astounding, and more than that it is always clear as bell and you never
    struggle to understand what he is singing. It was also refreshing to see
    a different take on JOSEPH; often times actors choose to make him
    boastful and almost full of himself. You can see from the very start
    that Mr. Aiken is a shy, humble JOSEPH who longs to be accepted by his
    brothers and it’s his naïveté that brings upon his misfortune, not ill
    will. I was more than surprised by his turn in the second act as the
    Pharaoh’s right hand man who attempts to trick his brothers. And his
    rendition of “Close Every Door” will bring you to your feet.”

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Scott is a musical theater performer himself, so I think that he’s a huge fan of musical theater in general. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That was already posted here:

    http://www.mjsbigblog.com/clay-aiken-joseph-and-the-amazing-technicolor-dreamcoat-video.htm#comment-1001436821

    I responded with the link to the review and reviews for other cast members.

  • twinkies-are-back

    He looks like a girl? and not a very pretty one at that…

  • MissMyEm

    Good for Clay. If I lived in Maine I’d definitely make a trip to see this show. Clay’s vocal prowess is amazing and outstanding. I’m glad to see he’s doing well.

  • Beaugard Stevens

    I can’t imagine Clay doing anything other than an amazing job. His voice is stellar.

  • DD

    If you know the show, you know that it is how Joseph is supposed to look. Google Donny Osmond as Joseph…..

  • GRjourney1

    I saw Donny Osmond as Joseph in NY on Broadway. He was really great! I have seen the play recently several times in a local theater, and the actor playing Joseph was quite good. Clay has the voice, but he doesn’t fit my mental image of Joseph.

  • DD

    Then maybe it is because of how you perceive Clay Aiken. I can not wait to see ths live, because I think he will be phenomenal! And many people have said its true!

  • AZIdolFan

    I’m so jealous you got to see him in this show. I LOVE Joseph and the amazing Technicolor dreamcoat and to see Clay as Joseph would have been awesome!!

  • GRjourney1

    I am sure Clay will do a great job. I love plays, so I probably would enjoy it once it got going.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I disagree that is “how Joseph is supposed to look”. Donny didn’t look like that.

    http://cdn.theatermania.com/article/53054/1.jpg