“Joseph” 2005/2006 Reviews

The NY Post
– by Liz Smith – August 17, 2005
THE TALL BUFF Patrick Cassidy is the one brother who didn’t become a teen idol like his siblings, David and Shaun. Patrick, following in the footsteps of his talented father, Jack, took the legit route. He has been seen in theaters everywhere and on B’way, most recently appearing with his Oscar-winning mother, Shirley Jones, in “42nd Street.” Now this Cassidy is back in New York rehearsing for a one-year tour of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” His kids, Jack and Cole, will be in the chorus. His wife, Melissa Hurley, has a dancing role, but has to recover from an ankle injury before she joins. It’ll be another family affair. Patrick Cassidy spends much of his time in “Joseph . . . ” stripped to the waist. And I’m telling you, kids, he’s got the abs for it!

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Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
– by Damien Jaques – Sept. 7, 2005
A broadly recognizable pop star is recruited to play the title character, and Patrick Cassidy, who has done that in previous productions, is back as ‘Joseph’. The role calls for him to sing well and look good with his shirt off. He succeeds at both.

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On Milwaukee
– by Sarah Mankowski – Sept. 8, 2005
Patrick Cassidy took myself and the rest of the full house at the Marcus Center to a whole new level last night. Cassidy really shines in “Close Every Door.” First of all, he’s wearing nothing but a paneled “man-skirt,” (a special “thank you” to costume designer Susan Ruddie), and did I mention he is RIPPED?! Cassidy croons under a spotlight shining through a stained glass eye with a cross in the middle. He finishes up the number with a sweeping crescendo with the kid chorus.

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St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minnesota
– by Dominic P. Papatola – Sept 14, 2005
Patrick Cassidy does know how to sell a song, and blows the dust off the rafters singing “Close Every Door to Me.”

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
– by Gerry Kowarsky – Sept. 22, 2005
In the title role, Patrick Cassidy is a multifaceted performer. Some of these facets are on his highly sculpted torso, which is shirtless for much of his time onstage. If body fat were quarters, Cassidy would not have change for a dollar. The most impressive part of Cassidy’s portrayal, however, is his firm grip on the full range of Joseph’s character, even the brashness that fuels his brothers’ resentment. Cassidy’s singing is rousing in his exuberant numbers and genuinely moving in the inward-looking “Close Every Door.”
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KFUO-FM St. Louis
– by Steve Allen – Sept 23, 2005
Patrick Cassidy stars as Joseph and gives us a wide series of tongue-in-cheek emotions as he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers then becomes a hit with his dream interpretation abilities and finally reunites with his family. Mr. Cassidy is a real winner in this role.

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PlaybackSTL, St Louis
– by Jim Campbell – Sept 29, 2005
Heading up the show is a stellar cast, including Patrick Cassidy (the Partridge who never was). Cassidy was in top form, both vocally and physically. Just his amazing abdominal muscles alone prominently displayed throughout the majority of the show made me want to C’mon, get happy. (I later found out that Cassidy does 30 minutes of sit-ups seven days a week just to keep in shape.) Vocally, he was just as impressive, having the lion’s share of numbers to perform. His enthusiasm and passion for turning in outstanding performances were prominently on display as he gave each song that little something extra. I was so impressed by Cassidy’s stage presence that I am beginning to think David and Shaun are not the only Cassidys who can make the girls swoon. There were several other enjoyable performances namely Melissa Hurley Cassidy (that’s Mrs. Patrick Cassidy to you and me) as Mrs. Pothipar.

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KFTK-FM Live Action, St. Louis
– by Maxamillion Foizey – Sept 23, 2005
Patrick Cassidy (son of Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy, brother of teen idol David) portrays Joseph, and my god is he buff. I’m not even going to talk about the rest of his performance until you realize how buff this man is. (Sort of an ultra buff version of ‘The Greatest American Hero.”) I hear he does 30 minutes of sit-ups nine days a week, and I believe it. I had to nudge my girlfriend a few times during the play to remind her to close her mouth. Anyway, Cassidy’s crystal clear voice is perfect for this kind of play, with a scope and range that magnificently filled the Fox Theatre. It was nice to see him play Joseph as kind of a bratty kid in the beginning, before becoming more mature toward the end. (Oh yeah, and he’s BUFF, too)

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KDHX-FM Theatre Review, St. Louis
– by Sheila Schultz – Sept 26, 2005
On the positive side, Patrick Cassidy of Clan Cassidy did a bang-up job in the title role of the second youngest son of the patriarch, Jacob.

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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
– by Alice T. Carter – Oct. 13, 2005
Heading the cast as Joseph is Patrick Cassidy who spends most of the evening in a short white skirt and sandals which allows him to show off his amazing abs and substantial biceps. But there’s more to Cassidy than muscle. He performs with immediacy and connects well with the audience. His performance of “Close Every Door” is intelligent and nicely rendered. His wife, Melissa Hurley Cassidy, has a nice cameo as the seductive and sinuous Mrs. Pothiphar who causes Joseph a heap of trouble.

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Pittsburgh Daily News
– by Bonnijean Cooney Adams, Editor – Oct. 12, 2005
(Patrick)Cassidy makes a dynamic Joseph, easily belting out even the most difficult vocals, and giving “Close Every Door” a nice touch by starting out a cappella and building to an incredible crescendo. That’s how I judge my “Josephs,” by how they perform that song. It’s the heart and soul of the musical as Joseph wallows in jail, unjustly accused of some hanky-panky with Mrs. Potiphar (Cassidy’s real-life wife Melissa Hurley Cassidy), but remains firm in his faith that he’s never alone. Cassidy passes with flying colors. Besides exercising his vocal chords, he must have spent tons of time in the gym to get ready for the role. Instead of a six pack for abs, think more like a case! Arms, abs, legs, thighs – Cassidy is in peak condition for this physically demanding role.

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The Washington Post
– by Tricia Olszewski – Oct. 20, 2005
Man, Joseph is ripped! At nearly 44, Patrick Cassidy’s torso looks to be about 19 — and because Cassidy spends most of the show shirtless, that makes this a pretty striking production. Cassidy’s performance serves the production well.

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The Elkhart Truth, Indiana
Joseph at Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo Michigan
– by Marcia Fulmer – Oct. 27, 2005
Leading the entire proceedings is Patrick Cassidy, who has to be cited for creating an intensely likable character from a potentially cardboard role. With a 1,000-watt smile, piercing blue eyes and a physique that attested to ongoing hours in the gym, he was a delight to watch and hear.

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Akron Beacon Journal
– by Kerry Clawson – Oct. 30, 2005
The national tour of the Andrew Lloyd Webber show, features the star power of Patrick Cassidy as Joseph.
Patrick Cassidy, 43, is a longtime musical-theater star who delivers the goods in this wonderfully fun show that is perfect fare for audiences young and old.
Cassidy’s major goal in the title role was to create a convincingly youthful Joseph who starts out in his late teens and matures to middle age through life-changing ordeals. Cassidy, with his dazzling smile and great blue eyes, is a strong actor who pulls off the character’s cocky young attitude.
This production’s South Beach twist is great fun: You’ll see Potiphar’s wife wearing a J. Lo-like, sleeveless unitard with a plunging neckline. That’s Cassidy’s wife, Melissa Hurley Cassidy, who’s a true siren in her seductive solo dance.

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Boston Globe
– by Sally Cragin – Nov. 3, 2005
Cassidy’s ‘Joseph’ seems grateful to be onstage, and his pleasant tenor fits the beat. Shirtless in a skirted loincloth, Cassidy emphasizes the beefcake in the role, all while turning a 200-watt smile toward the audience at every opportunity, as if we’re all in on the joke. His playfulness makes this character appealing.

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Boston Herald
– by Terry Byrne – Nov. 4, 2005
The title role belongs to Patrick Cassidy, who comes from a family of famous singers and has a respectable track record of his own on Broadway. He has a lovely tenor.

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Richmond.com
– by Joan Tupponce – Nov. 16, 2005
What makes this production noteworthy is the talent of Patrick Cassidy – son of musical theater legends Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy and brother to teen idols David and Shaun Cassidy – who plays Joseph. Cassidy’s vocal talents soar, especially on the moving “Close Every Door,” causing a chill that lingers through intermission. His acting abilities are equally strong and engaging, skillfully mixing subtle humor and innocent enthusiasm with anguishing betrayal.

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Chicago Sun-Times
– by Miriam DiNunzio- Nov. 25, 2005
As Joseph, Patrick Cassidy is visually quite appealing, and his strong voice is able to navigate everything from the sweet sounds of “Any Dream Will Do” to the willowy bombast of “Close Every Door.”

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Chicago Tribune
-by Chris Jones – Nov. 28, 2005
The real star of the proceedings, Patrick Cassidy, is perfectly in sync with the light-hearted mood–right down to his well-toned torso glistening all the way to the back of the orchestra and suggesting he worked out today especially for us. Despite his famous siblings, Cassidy always went after a theatrical career, and experience shows. He knows the limits and parameters of what he’s doing. And in embracing them, he makes his performance surprisingly lovable.

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Buffalo News
by Anne Neville – Dec. 7, 2005
Although this Cassidy sports the same 1980s-heartthrob-style hair swoop, square jaw and strong pipes as his brothers David and Shaun, I feel confident in saying that the Joseph I saw 20-some years ago wasn’t as buff as the man who spends most of this show in a shortish skirtish thing, sometimes with a decorative collar.
Melissa Hurley Cassidy brought the perfect mix of sweetness and seduction to her role as Potiphar’s wife, and her extremely impressive undulations gave a workout to her strategically tied snakeskin-print jumpsuit.

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Democrat and Chronicle – Rochester, NY
– by Marcia Morphy – Dec. 15, 2005
Color Cassidy dynamic, because from the get-go he wears the neon robe well as a “handsome, smart, walking work of art.”
His energy is infectious, his voice has all the right nuances and, more importantly, his legs look great in a loincloth miniskirt. Plus I reveled in the fact that he plays the role of Joseph like a man, in contrast to Donny Osmond’s “God.” And, of course, there are the Andrew Lloyd Webber specialties, “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door,” which Cassidy sings to perfection.
Kudos also to the sweet vocals of the Bel Canto Choir, which performed with Cassidy’s two sons, Cole and Jack, and sat on the tiered steps for the entire performance.

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Naples Daily News, Florida
by Tiffany Yates – Dec. 29, 2005
Patrick Cassidy (brother of teen idols Shaun and David, and son of Shirley Jones) plays Joseph with just the right touch of aren’t-I-great cheesiness, a big Colgate grin gracing his blond good looks.

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Palm Beach Daily News
– By Jan Sjostrom – Jan. 05, 2006
Patrick Cassidy’s pleasant light baritone is shown to best advantage in Close Every Door, one of the show’s few serious tunes, in which an imprisoned Joseph asserts that a higher force than pharaoh guides his steps.

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Orlando Sentinel
– by Elizabeth Maupin – Jan. 12, 2006
Cassidy, at 44, seems a little advanced in years to play Joseph, although he still has the Broadway chops, the bright pop-tenor voice and the buff physique to get some hearts racing.

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Cincinnati Post
– by Jerry Stein – Feb. 15, 2006
Cassidy, who at 44 is in great shape down to the six-pack he displays in his abs, is an appealing Joseph.
He sings as well as he looks. And seems to be involved in the character he is playing.

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Cincinnati Enquirer
– by Joseph McDonough – Feb. 15, 2006
In the title role, stage veteran Patrick Cassidy has a strong voice and a smiling matinee idol appeal.

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The Grand Rapids Press
– by Sue Merrell – March 8, 2006
Patrick Cassidy looks much younger than 44 — remember, his mother, Shirley Jones, was pregnant with him when she filmed “The Music Man,” in 1961 — and he delivers plenty of power in his songs. He has a warm, personal style on the show’s theme song, “Any Dream Will Do,” and raise-the-roof intensity on “Close Every Door,” the one serious moment in an otherwise campy show.

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San Antonio Express-News
– by Deborah Martin – March 16, 2006
The seriously buff Patrick Cassidy heads the cast as Joseph. He shows off some strong comic chops as well as great pipes — his version of “Close Every Door” is especially powerful.
And Melissa Hurley Cassidy (who is Patrick Cassidy’s wife) is suitably wanton as Potiphar’s Wife.

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Deseret Morning News
– by Ivan M. Lincoln – March 23, 2006
I may get a few irate e-mails about this, but in this neck of the woods, it’s unfair to label “Joseph” as purely Donny Osmond’s show. Osmond did a great job with it, but there comes a time to move on, and now Patrick Cassidy has (for the second time) tackled the role.
Cassidy slides effortlessly into the title role, with his well-honed tenor voice and his affable style. He also infuses his show-stopping ballad, “Close Every Door,” with a feeling of loneliness.
The large touring cast has several other standouts as well, including Melissa Hurley Cassidy (yes, Patrick’s wife) as the seductive and sensuous Mrs. Potiphar.

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The Seattle Times
– by Tom Keogh – March 31, 206
Patrick Cassidy assumes the title role in youthful, hunky and gracefully comic good form, anchoring a very physical show with an appealing performance that finds him tossed about like a rag doll at times, and strutting grandly at others.
Cassidy makes a family affair of it. His wife, Melissa Hurley Cassidy, plays insatiable seductress Mrs. Potiphar with infectious glee, and their young sons are part of a chorus of T-shirted children who hear the narrator’s account.
Cassidy’s mother, actress Shirley Jones, whooped for the lot of them from her seat in the audience at Tuesday’s opening.

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The Oregonian
-by Grant Butler – April 7, 2006
Over the years, Joseph’s been played by former bubble-gum pop stars like Donny Osmond, Andy Gibb and David Cassidy. Here it’s played by another Cassidy brother, veteran actor Patrick Cassidy, one of musical theater’s most-dependable leading men.
As Joseph, Cassidy has undeniable stage presence, with dashing good looks and a sculpted physique that his minimal costuming shows off to full effect. And he’s in fine voice, too, with plenty of heft to fill a large hall.

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The Capitol Times, Madison, Wisc.
– by Rena Archwamety Beyer – April 13, 2006
The title role was masterfully executed by Patrick Cassidy, who shone with true star quality as Joseph in an animated and charismatic performance. During his last song with the children’s choir, he singled out some members, including his two sons, Cole and Jack, as he mouthed “he’s mine” toward the audience.
Patrick’s wife, Melissa Hurley Cassidy, is also in the cast.
At curtain call, Cassidy donned a foam cheesehead, a move enthusiastically received by the audience.

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St. Petersburg Times
– by Marty Clear – April 19, 2006
Patrick Cassidy (brother of Shaun, half-brother of David, ) has the title role here, and he’s quite good. His voice is more than a little reminiscent of his half-brother (that’s a compliment) and has enough stage presence to help carry the show.

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Indianapolis Star
– by Nick Crews – April 28, 2006
One look at Patrick Cassidy as Joseph and it’s clear why Potiphar’s wife demands a dalliance. Cassidy brings to the role All-American-boy good looks, a buff body and abs that bulge like bundled cordwood.
He also brings a fine voice, flashy smile and a generally winning way with the role, making him the centerpiece of this lavishly staged production that’s full of riotous color and loud and large production numbers.

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The Columbus Dispatch
– by Margaret Quamme – May 4, 2006
As Joseph, Patrick Cassidy’s childlike sincerity and delight stood out. Golden and well-toned as he strode about the stage wearing little but a loincloth, Cassidy didn’t quite make Joseph a coherent character.

Probably no one could: Joseph is smug and clueless one minute, passionate the next, ricocheting between humility and pride as the demands of the songs take him one way or another. But Cassidy threw himself into each scene gamely and completely.

With his big gestures and oversize voice, he was equally at home in the broad comedy of the seduction scene by Mrs. Potiphar (played by Cassidy’s wife, Melissa Hurley), the earnest power of the prison-cell lament Close Every Door and the touching and refreshingly quiet reprise of Any Dream Will Do.

The fast-moving, colorful show is suitable for children: The threatened violence is cartoonish; the implied sexuality, even more so.
But the real reason to see this production is Cassidy. His Joseph has a warmth and humanity that makes the well-oiled machinery of the often-performed show come alive.

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Lansing State Journal
– by Bridgette Redman – May 18, 2006
Patrick Cassidy, with his stunning, powerful voice and ripped body, created an eminently likable Joseph. His charisma was underscored by tender interactions with the children’s choir. In a show about dreaming and family, the audience is willing to have Cassidy break the rules and point at his two sons in paternal pride, miming that they belong together.

Equally amusing is the scene where Mrs. Potiphar, played by Melissa Hurley Cassidy, seduces her off-stage husband with arousing dance moves.

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Lansing City Pulse
– by Allan Ross – May 17, 2006
Patrick Cassidy, the most commandingly good-looking lead actor I’ve seen in a while, looks every bit the superhero, here to save the crowd from their own adrenaline. At 44, he pounds so much life into the role of Joseph you (maddeningly) forget that this is a role that was written for someone half his age. Just try not to drool and/or cry as he leaps atop a riser, squares his shoulders, hardens his pecs and belts out a ballad so powerful the Wharton Center’s walls threaten to buckle!

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The L.A. Times
– by F. Kathleen Foley – June 22, 2006
Granted, Cassidy is a bit long in the tooth to portray the boyish Joseph, although his washboard abs nicely belie his age. But let’s face it, the role doesn’t require a slice-of-life Method approach, and Cassidy’s fine set of pipes and affable stage presence make him a Joseph to be reckoned with. And when Cassidy subtly introduces his own young sons, who perform in the show’s children’s chorus a group of able local kids from Millikan Performing Arts Magnet, it’s an “awwww … ” moment that makes the audience melt.
The family connections don’t stop there. Cassidy’s wife, Melissa Hurley Cassidy, gives a funny performance as Mrs. Potiphar, the determined seducer who lands Joseph in prison.

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The Hollywood Reporter
– by Laurence Vittes – June 23, 2006
Considering that he is following in the footsteps of singing, dancing hunks like Donny Osmond and his own brother David, Patrick Cassidy takes on the immense central role impressively in stride, physically as exuberant as his well-defined pecs, belting out number after number with his voice of many colors (and no decrease in volume) and basking in the sheer goodness of his personality (and the approval of his parents, sitting fifth row center).
Ultimately, there is no way such a Candide-ish character can avoid a certain blandness, for that blandness is the necessary foil against which the more colorful elements of the story work.
Fortunately, when the show-stopping numbers start to avalanche in Act 2, though they threaten to leave Cassidy behind, he manages to hold his own.

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Canyon News
– by Ruta Lee – June 25, 2006
The cast headed by Patrick Cassidy (Joseph) is flawless. Cassidy is the ideal leading man making a dynamic smoky entrance; he has verve energy a very pleasing light baritone voice and a body and moves to die for.
Melissa Cassidy (Mrs. Potiphar) entices beautifully with snaky moves.
P.S. In the audience, Patrick Cassidy’s mother, beautiful musical star Shirley Jones, was a very nervous first nighter. “Don’t fret darling lady, your son, like you, and this show are winners in every way!”

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L.A. Daily News
– by Evan Henerson, Theater Critic – June 28, 2006
You look at Patrick Cassidy, still golden of looks and voice, weaving effortlessly through the umpteenth touring incarnation of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” You wonder why an actor of such obvious musical theater gifts (the man created the lead in a Steve Sondheim show, for pity’s sake) isn’t actually working on Broadway right now instead of recycling piffle.
Then, just before the curtain call, as Cassidy reprises the goopy “Any Dream Will Do,” you get the answer. Make that answers.
You see, adorable, undermiked singing schoolchildren have been the signature of this revival since the late 1990s. The characters in this retelling of the biblical tale of Joseph are permitted to interact with the school kids. And interact Cassidy does.
The show is winding down, and Cassidy shares a tender moment with a boy. “This one is mine,” he mouths to the audience, in between lyrics. Then he’s off to the other side, picking out another young man. “This one’s mine, too.” Cassidy’s sons are part of the cast as well, as is the boys’ mom, Melissa Hurley Cassidy, a dancer, playing the sexpot Mrs. Potipher.
Cassidy is reprising the same role he played years ago in the “Joseph” tour. He can still hold the stage, even with a swirl of activity around him. He still makes wronged Joseph, a cipher of a character, charismatic. And he is still spending the bulk of the show’s 105 minute running time shirtless.

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Orange Country Register
– by Paul Hodgins – July 13, 2006
At the Orange County Performing Arts Center, a well-constructed touring production features a reliably sexy Joseph in Patrick Cassidy. Lately, the 44-year-old has been the busiest theatrical member of his famous family; he co-starred with his mother, Shirley Jones, in a Broadway production of “42nd Street” last season.
In many ways, Cassidy is perfect for the part: conventionally handsome (though rather blond for a Canaanite), with the requisite physique for extended toplessness. He’s also good at projecting a “Gee, aren’t I swell?” persona that’s both innocent and annoying. That’s important, since we have to understand why Joseph’s brothers boot him out of the family fold without completely losing our sympathy for him.
Cassidy never completely hides Joseph’s underlying optimism, though he clearly shows us that Joseph’s banishment results in a sobering transformation. We witness this turning point when Joseph belts out the “why me?” barn-burner, “Close Every Door.” It’s the actor’s best song by far.
And in Cassidy’s performance, Joseph seems like a more penitent man after his fortunes change and he’s elevated to quasi-royal status by the Egyptian pharaoh for his dream-interpretation abilities. It’s an uneasy elationship: The pharaoh makes it clear that Joseph serves at his pleasure, even though Joseph’s warnings have saved Egypt from a terrible famine.
“Joseph” ends with an act of forgiveness, though it’s not an easy one. Joseph saves his brothers from starvation, but only after tormenting them cruelly. It’s a potentially queasy moment, ” hey, we’re supposed to like this guy! ” yet Cassidy owns enough charm to power through it unscathed. We’re with his Joseph every step of the way, even when he makes his brothers twist slowly in the wind and relishes his torturer’s role.
A chorus of 20 present-day children (portrayed mostly by local talent, although Cassidy’s two sons were among them at opening night on Tuesday) watches the performance with their teacher, who plays the story’s singing narrator.
Cassidy is the show’s linchpin, and he delivers nicely.
Cassidy’s wife, Melissa Hurley Cassidy, portrays an Egyptian officer’s philandering wife who has romantic designs on Joseph. She’s a superb dancer, and director Norris takes full advantage of her talents.

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The Daily Pilot – Costa Mesa
– by Tom Titus – July 14, 2006
Fitting as comfortably into the title role as he does into his rainbow cloak is Patrick Cassidy, a born-in-a-trunk singer-actor (his mother is Shirley Jones, who has a few credits of her own along with her Oscar). Cassidy struts his muscular body through a succession of shirtless sequences in a commanding and visually arresting performance, reaching his vocal peak in the agonizing “Close Every Door” number.
For the show’s star, “Joseph” is a family affair. Wife Melissa Hurley Cassidy is a suitably sultry seductress and their two boys are featured in the children’s chorus (Patrick Cassidy lets the audience know, slyly, which two are his flesh and blood).

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Long Beach Press-Telegram
– by John Farrell – July 14, 2006
Patrick Cassidy, who plays the lead, does a more than credible job.
Cassidy is handsome, athletic and sings with clarity and energy.

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Omaha World-Herald
– by Bob Fischbach – July 28, 2006
Patrick Cassidy, at 44, completely gets away with playing the youngest of Jacob’s 12 sons. Tanned, broad-shouldered and with a six-pack-and-a-half of abs, Cassidy makes you believe his thousandth or so performance is loaded with discovery. There’s still a kid behind the big blue eyes, and he knows how to work every nuance of Tim Rice’s lyrics and Lloyd Webber’s tune on “Any Dream Will Do.”
He even drew a wolf whistle, wearing little more than a loin cloth and a dazzling smile.
Cassidy’s sons, Cole, 10, and Jack, 7, joined the Omaha kids in the chorus. His wife, Melissa Hurley, appearing as Potiphar’s wife and Joseph’s naughty seducer,completes the family act.