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Maybe I'll take one for the team, if I can stand it. Venturing out looking for recaps........

The coat looks great on him! It is actually quite cute and funny the way the cast pulls out the tails while he is singing about how good he looks in it. Sorry, can't remember the exact words.

The one he wears at the end of the show has a LOT more added material.

I didn't buy a ticket right away for last night's show, so I ended up in the seat on the very far left of the front row. Not a good seat - I could only see the very front of the stage. I was sitting next to jc4aikenheart and she couldn't see well, either. She went and asked an usher to find us better seats and was successful! We got moved to row E in the center section - excellent seats! I'll have to remember that little trick the next time I'm sitting in a seat with such limited view of the stage.

I didn't have any problem with the artistic director's speech - he always does that before shows in this theater. I was hoping he would repeat what he said before Young Frankenstein about the national attention for Joseph, people coming from around the world, etc. He was much more heavy-handed about the phones and recording equipment this time, though. I don't recall him saying anything about being escorted out the door if your phone is on at the other shows I've attended, but I could have missed it.

I was using an assisted listening device (headphones) which picks up sound directly from the mics, so I didn't notice that Clay and Keala weren't loud enough. I had volume controls for each ear, and I wasn't afraid to use them! They were a little static-y, but not bad. I think the mic for the guy who played Jacob wasn't working during the final number, because I couldn't hear him at all then.

Clay was gorgeous! He really stood out in the white outfit.

I really enjoyed the play, and I'm glad I watched the DVD with Donny Osmond beforehand, so that I could understand that a lot of it was very tongue-in-cheek.

During the Egyptian prison scene, Clay was chained to the floor - there were no jail cell bars like in the DVD.

I loved the "This is how we do it on Egyptian Idol" line - that was hilarious! After the Pharoah made Joseph his no. 2 and another ensemble number was happening, the Pharoah came out wearing a golden, bedecked hardhat and he and Joseph were looking at a blueprint. Clay turned the blueprint around as the Pharoah was looking at it upside down. #engineergeekinme

The brothers were all given tote bags with food and stuff in them near the end. One of the brothers pulled out a t-shirt from his bag. I thought that was funny.

Clay did have a bit of wardrobe malfunction with the golden armor near the end. It looks like the sash was supposed to be tied on his right side, but it wasn't, and the right epaulet was hanging down behind his shoulder, rather than on it like the left one.

I so wanted to be the one girl/young woman who got to sit on the floor and hang on tight to Clay's right leg like a groupie. #jealous

At the end of the Elvis the Pharoua act all the stage actors drop to the ground was different from last night. Elvis was more into being Elvis and being flirty with the woman in the front. Hot Hot Hot. His mic went dead for a couple of minutes at the beginning of the Pharoah act. Clay made more goofy faces. Clay was more into playing the role of Joseph. Clay's vocals were even better than last night. Boy! OMG hit those notes!!!!!! They filled the whole theater. Don't know the name of the song but it was at near the end of the show. WOW!!!! Clay hit some glory notes!!!!!

It def was a recovery technique last night when he tripped. Being up closer it looked like he didn't shave too.(I know someone want to know this info lol)

Took more video this time HD of SD but it won't be up till midnight since I'm heading back for tonight's show and won't be home till then.

Floridaiken just posted that it looks like a sellout. Yay.
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OK, that wasn't too bad. Hope I didn't repeat anything, and apologies to the posters, whom I did not name--wasn't sure of protocol on that. I'll go back and look at what y'all did. And thanks DM for bringing red reports from the main thread to the Joseph thread on CV. (Because I was therefore able to stay fairly clear of conflict.)

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More reports:

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Saw press take pics of Clay when he was all dressed in white in the beginning. His hair looks different today, more combed back.

Now I am on my iPad, so doing my best here.

His wrists are chained. He does stand up with them on, but he can't raise his hands while wearing them. The chains are about 3'-4' long.
QUOTE (dancermom2 @ Aug 1 2013, 01:32 PM)

Clay wore a different gold head piece today and gold robe down to the floor. Red confetti at the end of the show.

The gold headdress was better.

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There is a sign that says Welcome to fabulous Egypt. Then someone comes on stage and turns the sign around and says what happens here stays here...the audience laughs. The sexy Egyptian wife seduces Clay with her leg then 4 other Eygptian servants all surrounding Clay and take off his extra clothes...the neck and arm brace and then they throw him on the bed and rub his chest back and forth. They are really feeling Clay up and it's hot!!! She didn't see that part at the 2:30 show.

When the brothers sold Clay to slave owners Clay said I don't know Eygptian. That was funny as they tie and drag him away.

Full house and lots of NJU.

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Clay came out for stage door. Seemed more relaxed and started to talk to some fans. He went down the line very quickly and then poof he was gone.

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Standing O and lots of love for the whole cast. Clay got tremendous applause. Clay got a great response. Lots of screaming. Audience was very into the show..laughing and reacting to the stage.

Short clips from three songs are available in the usual places, iPhone recordings. He sounds fantastic.

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I think it is, yes. It gave me fits yesterday too, but by the time F'Dawg got on to CV, it was fixed. I'll post a message there again...

Scarlett posted a video on her Facebook page, from yesterday afternoon's stage door. Unfortunately, I can't download it and bring it over. She did, however, post screencaps!

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And here is a cast photo that was posted at CV:

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Another recap: Opening night at Ogunquit Playhouse - audience was 100% full. Lots of NJUs I heard a lot of comments like "Amazing show!" "Great show!" "I'd watch this show again!"

Clay was fabulous as all the cast members. They all work together in unison. That's why the show is so cohesive. The sound was much better, I found. This time I brought my binoculars. I could see closeup Clay. I saw that when Joseph became no. 2 to the Pharoah, he has lines drawn on the sides of his eyes. It's a line out of the corner of the eye and a horizontal V at the end of the line. He looks spectaclar in his gold armour riging in his gold chariot at the end, Everyone was so astonished when Joseph gets thrown into the pit by his brothers. Clay just slides right into the hole!!

BIG standing O and tons of cheers for all cast members but the loudest cheers rang out for Clay!!

Merchandise -There is only the poster for $6 with Clay in his technicolour dreamcoat. The rest are just the usual JATATD merchandise - mug for $15, T shirt for $ 20? I forget.

We managed to get to the front at the stage door. Clay came out after the men cast members left. Took about 15 minutes. My sister got a poster signed and I have stage door video but have no way to upload yet. Will do so after I get home. He looked good and joked with us that we have nothing to say. He signed everyone's items quickly and was gone in a flash after thanking everyone for coming.

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Kimmy D ‏@bluensparkles88 Clay Aiken Stagedoor opening night 8/1 Joseph:

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Kimmy D ‏@bluensparkles88 Clay Aiken Matinee preview 8/1 Stagedoor Joseph:

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broadwayworld.com

Photo Flash: First Look at Clay Aiken and More in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Ogunquit

Friday, August 2, 2013; 06:08 PM - by BWW News Desk

The 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.

Read more about Photo Flash: First Look at Clay Aiken and More in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Ogunquit by broadwayworld.com

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From CV:

Some things that were different from Wed night......

Clay kept his waist sash on the whole show. In the first show he only had it on at the beginning.

The Pharoah wiped his chest with a white handkerchief and tossed it to someone in the front row.

The golden armor at the end was replaced and the headpiece was more bedazzled - I believe I read that this change wwas made yesterday.

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From Zippy at the CB

Quote: Fri night's performance was again a fantastic one! My sister and I managed to upgrade our seats and we were seated in Row C Centre! Those are pretty good seats. I can see their reactions on their faces.

I keep thinking whenever Clay becomes Pharoah no.2 and accuses Benjamin of stealing his favourite cup that he reminds me of Ted Neeley from Jesus Christ Superstar. He does a very good job of singing and performing this Joseph role.

Clay broke the cup that he stuffed in Benjamin's bag. Not sure if this happens every time.

BIG Standing O for Clay and company tonight!

Guess what happened tonight? At the stage door, Clay came out in his baggy shorts & blue striped golf shirt and proceeded to sign peoples' items with somebody's blue pen. I heard him ask "Does anyone have a sharpie?" I always carry a sharpie for Clay emergency purposes and dug right into my trusty handbag and quickly whipped out my Black Sharpie Pen. Zippy to the rescue!! I shouted, "I have a Sharpie pen!" He heard me and came right to me at my end of the stage door line. He proceeded to sign my playbill and promptly signed my aunt's Joseph/Clay poster. He then used my Sharpie to sign everybody elses' items! Then, he hugged 2 special guys at my end of the line and they wore "I heart Clay" T-shirts. Clay promptly came up to them and I saw one of the kids give him a peck on the cheek. Everyone went "Awwww!" Afterwards, he left quickly and was about to go back in but remembered he had my pen and gave it to somebody in the crowd. The Sharpie came back to me! I have a pen with Clay's DNA on it!! LOL

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I can't seriously be the only one posting! What's going on out there?

I just invited someone to come on over and visit. I told her it was a small friendly board. It seems real small today!

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I'm here! I was out celebrating my son's 22nd birthday at a new place in town called "Beertown". Too bad I'm not much of a beer drinker, but everyone else is! I had salmon and it was the best salmon ever. Then we came back to the house to have two different cakes. OMG I'm full. I have a couple of friends at Joseph in Maine today and I got a text after the matinee with two words... "Donny Who???" :cryingwlaughter:

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