David Archuleta dons a loincloth and handcuffs in this musical of biblical proportions

David Archuleta

From the stage of american idol in the booming town of Ivins, Utah, David Archuleta bares his soul (and his chest) in a new production by Andrew Lloyd Webber Joseph and the incredible Technicolor Dreamcoat.

With music by Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, joseph premiered in the West End in 1973 and didn’t jump the pond on Broadway until 1982. Several successful revivals have been produced over the years, including ones with David Cassidy and Donny Osmond.

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David Archuleta

Archuleta will sing her way through the Old Testament in Webber and Rice joseph, based on the story from the Book of Genesis. The show’s Act 1 finale, “Shut All the Doors”, depicts an imprisoned shirtless Joseph yearning for freedom and a land of his own. In some ways, the character parallels the singer’s journey as he openly explores and defines his queer identity, singing:

“Do what you want with me,
hate me and laugh at me
Darken my day
And torture my night
If my life was important I
I would ask if I would live or die
But I know the answers lie
Far from this world”
Joseph and the Incredible Technicolor Dream Coat

David Archuleta

“All I’ve really achieved in life has come from doing things that I don’t feel comfortable doing,” the singer told the Salt Lake Tribune. “I would have been fine if I had been created as a rock in the desert, sitting still and basking in the sun. But alas, I am human, so I am expected to do more in life than stand still in the desert.

David Archuleta appears in Joseph and the Incredible Technicolor Dream Coat at the Tuacahn Amphitheater until September 3, with the musical continuing until October 20.

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