Q&A with the man in the dreamcoat

Maggie Curry

Tickets are on sale now for Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” coming to Stephens Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. April 5. This is the last show in the 2015-16 Broadway Series in C.Y. Stephens. 

Tickets for the show are priced by section: $25, $39, $52, $65 and $70; youth and ISU student tickets cost $28. 

Tickets can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Iowa State Center Ticket Office, located at the north entrance of Stephens Auditorium; at all Ticketmaster centers; by phone: 1-800-745-3000 or online: www.ticketmaster.com.

JC McCann, who plays Joseph in the touring production, shared some insights into the man wearing the coat.

Q: What makes this production different from previous ones?

A: This show in particular appeals to anybody, any age. It’s got every musical genre you can imagine, it’s got a country western number, an Elvis tribute.

The choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler won a Tony for “In the Heights,” and choreographed Hamilton. He is very modern, hip-hop based dance. It’s got a very fresh spin on [the show].

Q: Why are you and Joseph so similar?

A: When I was younger I wanted to be an actor. I was a dreamer, like Joseph. The world kind of puts you down. You get expectations, and eventually I was living the 9 to 5 life.

I was doing good things with my life but I just felt like there was something more. I was an insurance adjuster and then I was in the oil field. So I moved to New York City, auditioned – and got the role.

It’s been really cool, as I’m living the story of Joseph it’s my dream come true as well. What I like about the show is the message of hope, persevering when life puts you down.

Q: Is your relationship with your family similar to Joseph’s?

A: Me and my brother are very close, like best friends, we always have been. I was at his place [when] I got the call [about Joseph]. My brother was right there, we got to share that experience.

Q: What was that call like?

A: When they offered it to me, they said they were going to offer me the role of Joseph, and I was waiting for something to come after it, like Joseph understudy, or Joseph something-else. So I said, ‘you mean Joseph, the guy in the title of the show?’. Takes you a minute to let it sink in.

Q: What were rehearsals like?

A: We had two weeks. We went from sunup to sundown learning these songs and the choreography, and you throw it all together and you throw your life in two suitcases and you hit the road.

Q: If you could play another role in “Joseph,” which would you?

A: Pharaoh. Our pharaoh is really good. The pharaoh is a really fun role, he has this show-stopping Elvis tribute. They have a blast in that song.

Q: What is your favorite part of the show?

A: Canaan Days, the French-style number. Andy has really revamped that song. People always love it, it’s so funny to see the brothers so depleted singing this French song together.

Q: What got you hooked into theater?

A: Doing “Les Miserables” as a freshman in high school. I remember feeling the connection we made with the audience and I just went, you know, there’s magic here and there’s something here I want to be a part of. I’ve always sought that feeling and connection since then.

Q: What rituals do you have before a show?

A: I always try to sing something for all ranges of my voice, so from jazz to Panic! at the Disco. I’ll have a penny in my right shoe, fun little actor superstitions.

Q: What do you do on the tour bus?

A: You can imagine, with a bunch of musical theatre people it can get lively on a bus. At the beginning of the tour I listened to the Hamilton soundtrack. Now I read, usually non-fiction. I guess it’s more like studying. I’m really fascinated by Egypt.

Q: Last movie you saw?

A: Deadpool. There was some questionable stuff but it was pretty funny.

Q: Coke or Pepsi?

A: Coke. I was Pepsi in college, switched to coke, and now being shirtless for the entire show, none.

Q: If anyone, alive or dead, could be your next door neighbor, who would you pick?

A: Justin Timberlake. He’s like the coolest dude ever, he’s gonna have the sweetest parties with the best people. Plus I’ve always wanted to start an a cappella group with him, I thought that’d be so cool.

For more information on the performance, visit the Iowa State Center website