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JOSEPH PRESS RELEASES, MEDIA
« on: August 07, 2013, 11:29:08 PM »
July 12

Clay Aiken coming to Ogunquit for 'Joseph'By Bob Keyes bkeyes@mainetoday.com
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Baby-faced crooner and "American Idol" finalist Clay Aiken will star in the Ogunquit Playhouse's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" this summer.




AP Aiken, 34, will play Joseph in the show, which runs at the theater July 31 through Aug. 25.

The North Carolina native first shot to fame on "American Idol" in 2003. That led to a recording career in both pop and Christian music and several albums which landed near the top of various Billboard charts.

Aiken has hosted his own TV specials and has sung and acted on Broadway, playing the role of Sir Robin in "Spamalot" in 2008 and 2009.

He's also authored a New York Times best-selling memoir, "Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life."

The Ogunquit Playhouse regularly features big-name performers. Sally Struthers, known for the sitcom "All in the Family," has been an Ogunquit Playhouse star in recent years. Rue McClanahan of TV's "The Golden Girls" and Lorenzo Lamas of the prime-time soap "Falcon Crest" were also in shows in the past 10 years or so.

With Aiken, the Ogunquit Playhouse is featuring a singer who has been on Broadway, starring in a musical written by musical theater legend Andrew Lloyd Webber. It's based on the "coat of many colors" story in the Bible's Book of Genesis, and was first produced on stage beginning around 1970.

The show as nominated for seven Tony Awards in its intiial run, including Best Musical.

The production's music ranges in genre from country to calypso and from pop to rock 'n' roll. Some of the more popular songs include "Go, Go, Go Joseph" and "Any Dream Will Do."

The Ogunquit Playhouse announced Aiken's role with a news release this week. No one from the theater was available for comment Friday.

Tickets to "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" are $39 to $78 and are available at Ogunquitplayhouse.org.

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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2013, 11:30:57 PM »
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Starring Clay Aiken and Keala Settle Opens July 31 at the Ogunquit Playhouse
For Immediate Release:
July 25, 2013

The Ogunquit Playhouse is going Technicolor® with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s irresistible story of Joseph, his jealous brothers and one very colorful garment in this delightful musical parable that swirls on stage July 31 through August 25. The Ogunquit production stars Clay Aiken as Joseph and Broadway’s Keala Settle as the Narrator. This thrilling musical adventure follows the Biblical story of Joseph, the favorite son blessed with prophetic dreams, on his journey to Egypt after being sold into slavery by his brothers. Audiences will enjoy an engaging crazy quilt of musical styles, from country-western to calypso and bubble-gum pop to rock 'n' roll. The production includes the popular songs “Go, Go, Go Joseph” and “Any Dream Will Do,” performed by an all-star cast along with two groups of 20 children selected from local casting calls.

This timeless tale of Joseph is filled with surprising humor for adults and dazzling delights for children, and with Clay Aiken and Keala Settle on stage, “It won’t be like any Joseph ever seen or heard before!” said Ogunquit Playhouse Executive Artistic Director Bradford Kenney,

Starring in the role of Joseph is multi-platinum recording artist, American Idol and Broadway star Clay Aiken. Mr. Aiken garnered broad critical acclaim for his Broadway debut as Sir Robin in the Tony Award winning production of Spamalot in 2008 and 2009 and recently played Man in Chair in the North Carolina Theatre production of The Drowsy Chaperone. He has released several albums which have debuted in the top five on the Billboard Chart, launched ten national concert tours, authored a New York Times best-selling memoir and has appeared on many popular television shows, including 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live.

Keala Settle will portray the Narrator. Ms. Settle was most recently seen on Broadway in Hands on a Hardbody for which she received nominations for a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award, and won the Theater World Award. She has also appeared in the National tours of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, South Pacific and Hairspray.

The roles of Reuben and The Butler will be played by Craig Laurie who has performed extensively with the hit Off-Broadway show Forbidden Broadway, as well as in the Chicago production of Jersey Boys where he originated the role of Bob Crewe. Broadway veteran Bill Nolte is cast as Jacob, Potiphar and the Baker. Mr. Nolte last appeared in Ogunquit in The Producers and has performed in Regional Theatres across the country and on Broadway in many shows including La Cage Aux Folles, The Producers, Me and My Girl and Cats.  Playing the Pharaoh is Matthew Ragas who was last seen at the Ogunquit Playhouse as Warner in Legally Blonde with Sally Struthers. Mr. Ragas has toured the U.S. in many shows including Hairspray, Legally Blonde and The Wedding Singer. The role of Levi will be played by Alex Puette who was recently seen in the First National tours of Legally Blonde, Young Frankenstein and A Christmas Story, as well as many Off-Broadway international productions. Nicholas Ward returns to Ogunquit to play Judah where he was last seen in Smokey Joe's Café. He has performed in the National and International tours of Show Boat, Porgy and Bess, Ragtime and Little Shop of Horrors.

Ogunquit Playhouse Associate Producer Jayme McDaniel helms the production as director and choreographer. His history with the Playhouse commenced in 2001 when he appeared in 42nd Street, and again in 2009 when he directed and choreographed Singin' in the Rain for which he received an IRNE nomination. He has been the director and choreographer for many productions in regional theatres throughout the U.S. including Joseph… Grey Gardens, Chicago, The Merry Widow, White Christmas, Sound of Music, Yankee Doodle Dandy and many others, as well as an associate director and choreographer on Broadway for Laughing Room. He most recently made his international choreography debut with Rebecca: the Musical in Seoul, Korea.
Music Director Eric Alsford has worked on previous Ogunquit Playhouse productions including Cats, Footloose, Chicago and George M. He served as the music director for the national tours of Nunsense and Mamma Mia as well as the Off-Broadway productions of That's Life and Naked Boys Singing and for many regional theatres across the country. He is the recipient of South Florida's Carbonell Award for best musical direction for productions of Floyd Collins, Aida, Miss Saigon, and The Adding Machine.

Single ticket prices range from $39 to $78 per show. For tickets call the Box Office at 207-646-5511 or online at OgunquitPlayhouse.org.


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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2013, 11:32:47 PM »
Go&Do: Clay Aiken to star as 'Joseph' at Ogunquit Playhouse


July 25, 2013 2:00 AMClay Aiken to star as Joseph at Ogunquit Playhouse
Multi-platinum recording artist, American Idol and Broadway star Clay Aiken will portray Joseph in the upcoming production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved family musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" on stage July 31 through Aug. 25 at the Ogunquit Playhouse.

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" brings the biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors to vibrant life in a delightful musical parable. The musical is set to a cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso, to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll that includes the popular songs "Go, Go, Go Joseph" and "Any Dream Will Do." The Ogunquit Playhouse production will be directed and choreographed by Ogunquit Playhouse Associate Producer Jayme McDaniel.

Single ticket prices range from $39 to $78 per show. For tickets call the box office at (207) 646-5511 or online at Ogunquitplayhouse.org.



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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2013, 11:33:33 PM »
Clay Aiken to take on the ‘amazing’ role of Joseph

Thursday, July 25, 2013


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OGUNQUIT, Maine — The Ogunquit Playhouse is thrilled to announce that multiplatinum recording artist, American Idol and Broadway star Clay Aiken will portray Joseph in the upcoming production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved family musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on stage July 31 through August 25.

Aiken became a household name while appearing on the second season of American Idol, turning millions of viewers into instant fans. Following American Idol, his debut album Measure of a Man skyrocketed to multiplatinum status.

Aiken has launched ten national concert tours, authored a New York Times best-selling memoir, Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life, and released several albums including, Merry Christmas with Love, A Thousand Different Ways and On My Way Here, all of which debuted in the top five on the Billboard chart.

Aiken starred in a televised Christmas special, A Clay Aiken Christmas and a live concert special in 2010 on PBS Tried & True Live! He has appeared on many popular television shows including Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, Scrubs, 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live. A frequent talk show guest, particularly on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, he recently competed in the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice. Aiken garnered broad critical acclaim for his Broadway debut as Sir Robin in the Tony Award winning production of Spamalot in 2008 and 2009.

In addition to his entertainment ventures, Aiken supports a number of charities. He was made a UNICEF Ambassador in 2004 and has traveled the world to promote education for children affected by natural disasters or political unrest. He founded the National Inclusion Project, a nationally recognized project to bridge the gap between children with disabilities and the world around them. Clay also lends his support to the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and spoke on behalf of anti-bullying legislation in front of a Congressional Committee in 2010.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat brings the Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors to vibrant life in a delightful musical parable. The musical is set to cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso, to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll that includes the popular songs “Go, Go, Go Joseph” and “Any Dream Will Do.” The Ogunquit Playhouse production will be directed and choreographed by Ogunquit Playhouse Associate Producer Jayme McDaniel.

Single ticket prices range from $39 to $78 per show. For tickets call the Box Office at 207-646-5511 or online at Ogunquitplayhouse.org.


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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2013, 11:34:53 PM »
Clay Aiken's not just any Joe

Instead of 'Idol'-ing along, the pop star rises to the challenges of theater in 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."


Maine Sunday Telegram
July 28, 2013

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

Clay Aiken is not afraid of acting, and the whole world knows singing comes naturally to one of the most popular stars to ever emerge from the "American Idol" TV show.

But dancing? No way.

He's as clumsy as can be, he says.

"I like this role because it doesn't make me dance," he said with a laugh by phone last week from New York, where he and the rest of the cast of the Ogunquit Playhouse production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" were rehearsing.

"Rehearsals are going quite well," he added. "Right now, I'm standing here looking in the window (of the rehearsal room) while they're learning their difficult dance moves that I don't have to do."

Aiken, 34, plays the title role in the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical, which opens Wednesday and runs through Aug. 31.

He said he chose to do the show because he knew the reputation of the Ogunquit Playhouse, and is interested in doing more theater.

"Ogunquit is a storied and respected theater throughout the country, even in Manhattan, but really throughout the theater world. The opportunity to do a show like this in a place that is so well-respected was hard to turn down," he said.

"Joseph" marks the third time Aiken has worked in theater. He made his theatrical debut in a big way, with two stints as Sir Robin in "Spamalot" on Broadway in 2008. Later, he kept a longtime promise to his hometown theater in Raleigh, N.C., by returning there to sing in "The Drowsy Chaperone."

He's looking forward to playing Joseph.

"This is a show that I have known for years," he said. "I grew up as a teenager listening to this music. I remember listening to it on a CD Walkman, so there's a little history for me with it."

"Joseph" is very much a family-friendly show. Webber and lyricist Rice used the biblical story of Joseph from the Book of Genesis for their musical, which tells of the coat of many colors. It's sung almost all the way through, with little dialogue. Two of the best-known songs from the show are "Go, Go, Go Joseph" and "Any Dream Will Do."

Despite being written in the late 1960s, "Joseph" didn't open on Broadway until 1982, though it had appeared on stage in London's West End a decade earlier.

Since then, thanks largely to a string of performances by Donny Osmond, it has become one of most loved musicals in contemporary theater, in part because it features so many musical styles. Webber and Rice wrote pop songs, rock songs, country songs and island music for the show.

Which makes it a perfect vehicle for Aiken, said director Jayme McDaniel.

"I was certainly familiar with his voice before we started the process, but now, listening to it every day, I hear how he's been influenced by so many styles. The remarkable thing about his singing is how it appears so effortless," McDaniel said.

"He just sings higher and higher, and you never question just how high it can go. It's not like any 'Joseph' that we have heard before."

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Aiken became part of America's pop-culture consciousness in 2003 when he finished second on the second season of "American Idol." But that second-place finish was questioned right away, because Aiken was widely considered the popular choice.

Since then, he has released a series of popular CDs, toured extensively and written a book. He's also done TV talk shows and appeared in various sitcoms.

Theater is a logical extension of his creative talent, he said.

"I think the biggest difference, when you are doing a pop concert, you get to interact with the audience. When you do a theatrical production, you don't get to acknowledge the audience at all," he said. "Not being able to do that, it always takes me back a bit."

But Aiken loves theater, and appreciates what it takes to build a great show.

He's been working hard in rehearsals, said Ogunquit executive artistic director Bradford Kenney, who visited Aiken in New York when rehearsals began.

"I found him to be a warm, well-rounded and talented person," Kenney said. "The character of Joseph needs a fresh, appealing centerpiece.

"Vocally, he needs to be an outstanding pop performer who can handle Andrew Lloyd Webber's best songs in a first-rate and interpretative fashion. The character is a white sheep in a family of black sheep brothers. You need warmth to pull it off, and Clay has that. We just found him to be very down to earth and genuine."

BRINGING IN STAR POWER

It doesn't hurt that Aiken has star power, which translates into ticket sales. But he also has the respect of his peers, Kenney said.

Since Aiken committed to "Joseph," Ogunquit was able to recruit actress Keala Settle to play the Narrator role.

Settle received a Tony Award nomination this year for best performance by a featured actress for her performance in "Hands on a Hardbody." (She lost to Portland native Andrea Martin, who won for her role in "Pippin.")

Settle has also received Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, and won the Theater World Award. In addition to her work on Broadway, she has performed in the national tours of "Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert," "South Pacific" and "Hairspray."

"She's the hottest actress on Broadway right now, and she chose to come to Ogunquit because Clay is playing Joseph," Kenney said.

Aiken said he's comfortable singing the title role, but it's not something he can do just because he knows the music from his youth. It's a difficult role, because some of the songs are out of his range. He and director McDaniel have adjusted the songs to better suit his vocal abilities, he said.

He also has to tackle the trepidation of stepping outside his comfort zone. Doing a concert is relatively easy compared to doing theater, he said, but the reward of theater makes the effort worthwhile.

"I never assumed I would enjoy this type of thing," he said. "But after doing it, I really appreciated the ensemble effort and the camaraderie of a production, with everybody having the same goal of entertaining people.

"I enjoy the pop world too, but I really like working with a group of peers. You do not have co-workers in the pop world. Everybody works for you. I really appreciate having peers."

'A BREAK FROM MYSELF'

His peers appreciate him too. McDaniel said Aiken has not received special treatment because of his star status. The cast, who are members of the Actors Equity union, voted him their deputy to serve as a go-between for the cast and management.

It's unusual for an actor with celebrity status to take on that role, and it speaks to the cast members' fondness for, and trust in, Aiken, McDaniel said.

Aiken appreciates not having to live up to the expectations that come with his personality. He's a very popular singer, and that's something he's grown comfortable with. But it's taken some time.

For many years, he denied that he was gay, or at least declined to acknowledge it. He eventually did, on the cover of People magazine. But it took time for him to open up and give fans something they wanted beyond the music.

"At a pop concert, you have to learn to be comfortable enough with yourself to interact with people and take certain liberties with people to let them know you are enjoying yourself," he said. "When you are doing something like this, you have to become comfortable with the character and disavow yourself from your personal issues.

"You have to be that person on stage. You have to morph into your character."

He enjoys that morphing process, and thinks he will like becoming Joseph, even if only for a short amount of time each night.

"I'm only the other person for an hour and a half," he said. "I wish I could take more of a break from myself



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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2013, 11:40:54 PM »
Clay Aiken Tastes the Rainbow
We can’t be the only ones obsessed with the new promo photo of Clay Aiken as the titular star in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Although the show is in faraway Maine, we can’t stop loving on Aiken’s come-hither face, Garnier Fructis-worthy locks and his fashion-forward rainbow robes. Ain’t nobody gonna say “Poor, Poor Joseph” with those bougie threads! It’s like William Ivey Long threw up a bunch of Skittles!




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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2013, 11:41:52 PM »
Photo Flash: First Look at Clay Aiken and More in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at OgunquitFeedbackPrintE-mail   

  Friday, August 2, 2013; 06:08 PM - by BWW News DeskThe Ogunquit Playhouse is thrilled to announce that multi-platinum recording artist, American Idol and Broadway star Clay Aiken will portray Joseph in the upcoming production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved family musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on stage July 31 through August 25. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production below!

Clay Aiken became a household name while appearing on the second season of American Idol, turning millions of viewers into instant fans. Following American Idol, his debut album Measure of a Manskyrocketed to multi-platinum status. Mr. Aiken has launched ten national concert tours, authored a New York Times best-selling memoir, Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life, and released several albums including, Merry Christmas with Love, A Thousand Different Ways and On My Way Here, all of which debuted in the top five on the Billboard chart. Mr. AiKen Starred in a televised Christmas special, A Clay Aiken Christmas and a live concert special in 2010 on PBS Tried & True Live! He has appeared on many popular television shows including Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva, Scrubs,30 Rock and Saturday Night Live. A frequent talk show guest, particularly on The Tonight Show andJimmy Kimmel Live!, he recently competed in the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice. Mr. Aiken garnered broad critical acclaim for his Broadway debut as Sir Robin in the Tony Award winning production of Spamalot in 2008 and 2009.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat brings the Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors to vibrant life in a delightful musical parable. The musical is set to cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso, to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll that includes the popular songs "Go, Go, Go Joseph" and "Any Dream Will Do." The Ogunquit Playhouse production will be directed and choreographed by Ogunquit Playhouse Associate Producer Jayme McDaniel.

Single ticket prices range from $39 to $78 per show. For tickets call the Box Office at 207-646-5511 or online at OgunquitPlayhouse.org.

 

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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2013, 10:37:29 PM »
Watch Clay Aiken and Keala Settle Sing to the Heavens in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Everyone’s seen the photo—now it’s time to watch the clips! Clay Aiken is making a colorful splash at Maine’s Ogunquit Playhouse, where the former American Idol favorite is playing the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Joining Aiken is another fantastic performer, the dazzling (literally, if you watch the video) Keala Settle, a newly minted Tony nominee who stars as the Narrator. Below, feast your eyes on a video montage of clips from the production, which runs through August 25. You’ve only got a few more chances to get your Dreamcoat on up in Maine! After watching this video, we have one question: Broadway transfer, anyone?



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