Friday, April 25, 2014

Broadway Exclusive: JOSEPH Rocks Graceland!

Cast and crew of JOSEPH in front of the mansion during their visit to Elvis' home.
The cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, starring Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, has finally arrived in Memphis! On Thursday they left downtown and spent the day at Graceland.  Most of the cast members had never been to Graceland before, so they were thrilled at the chance to visit this iconic Memphis attraction. 

The cast hopped aboard a Backbeat Tour bus and on the way they sang along and played instruments to some of Elvis’ most popular songs.  One cast member, Ryan Williams, who plays Pharaoh (an Elvis-inspired character), was especially excited about going to see the home of his childhood hero.  Brad, our Backbeat musician, gave Ryan the floor, and Ryan led the whole cast in singing “Suspicious Minds” on the bus.  Once we arrived Graceland gave the cast the star treatment, giving them VIP access to the mansion, airplanes, and car collection.  The cast was most impressed with The Jungle Room and another popular stop was Elvis’s personal plane he named “The Lisa Marie."     

Diana DeGarmo on air at Elvis Radio.
During their visit, three of the show's main characters, Ace Young who plays Joseph, Diana DeGarmo who is the narrator of the play, and Ryan Williams (Pharaoh), did live interviews on Elvis Radio SiriusXM.  Ace and Diana talked about the show, their married life, and what it is like to be on the road with each other.  Then DJ Argo played Diana’s favorite song “American trilogy” followed by Ace’s favorite “Jailhouse Rock.”  

After the husband and wife duo left the studio, Ryan made his way in and talked on air with DJ Big Jim Sykes.  Ryan talked about how he grew up being an Elvis fan and how much he enjoys getting to play an Elvis-inspired character every night.  On opening night in Memphis, Ryan improvised the line “Well, it feels good to be back home,” which got a huge response from the Memphis audience. 
Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young getting the star treatment at Graceland.
There are so many exciting events happening in downtown this weekend: the Memphis Grizzlies NBA Playoff Game 4, the Southern Hot Wing Festival, and the Downtown Memphis Farmer’s Market.  But there will be plenty of fun at The Orpheum Theater with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and we look forward to seeing you at the show!

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat plays at The Orpheum Theater now through Sunday, April 27. 

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