The Pharaoh in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” isn’t exactly from Egyptian Central Casting: He’s a hip-swiveling rockin’ Rameses from the mold of Elvis.
Except at Byram Hills High School this weekend, where director Adam Shatraw has cast Jenna Dioguardi as a decidedly female Pharaoh.
Think “Cleopatra meets Cher,” Shatraw says.
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“I didn’t know that much about Cher,” Dioguardi says. “My research has been long sessions on YouTube and looking at pictures and trying to find out as much as I can about her.”
Cher is not Elvis, but they’re both iconic performers.
“I watched how she commanded the stage, because the numbers that I sing as the Pharaoh are like rock concerts,” Dioguardi says.
“When we were blocking them, Shatraw told the ensemble to act like they were at a rock concert,” Dioguardi recalls. “It’s so different from a regular musical-theater number.”
Replicating Cher’s look is a challenge.
“It was like the hair was performing half the time,” she says with a laugh. “I found these extensions and I’m looking forward to working with them, and working in the costume, which is so Cher.
“It’s silver, sparkly iridescent bell-bottom pants and beads. The costume department has outdone themselves. I?saw it and I was like, ‘Whoa! That is shiny!’ ” Dioguardi says with a laugh.
The 5-inch, silver platform shoes she’ll wear might be problematic, she says, but she’s giving it her best shot.
“It’s a big joke in theater department: I’m extremely injury prone,” she says.
This time last year, she was dance captain for “42nd Street,” helping kids learn to tap-dance, her broken arm in a cast.
In the fall, when she played Margot in “The Diary of Anne Frank,” she sprained her foot — “and that wasn’t even a musical.”
“Joseph” certainly is a musical. Told by a narrator — in this case, four narrators — it is a sung-through retelling of the Bible story of Joseph, whose jealous brothers sell him into slavery.
Before long, he makes a name for himself as an interpreter of dreams. When he interprets the Pharaoh’s nightmare, he becomes one of Egypt’s power brokers, and encounters his brothers again.
Lloyd Webber’s score — including “Any Dream Will Do,” “One More Angel in Heaven,” “Go, Go, Go Joseph” and “Song of the King” — is all over the place musically, from rock to country to reggae to, well, Elvis.
Cory Tarallo plays the title character, a man who undergoes trials aplenty, from near death to incarceration to occupying a seat of power.
The 16-year-old junior says Joseph is confident for a reason, as he sings in one of his favorite songs, “Close Every Door”
“I sing it at the point when I’m thrown in jail and I’m at the bottom, but throughout the song I progress and by the end of the song I’m saying I have a land promised to me and I’m going to make it through,” Tarallo says. “So it’s very optimistic and that’s a lot of my character.
“He can be arrogant, but he’s a nice guy,” he says.
Josh Aber plays Levi, one of the jealous brothers, who is clearly not a nice guy.
“It’s obvious that Joseph is our father’s favorite,” Aber says, “so we all feel neglected. Levi is one of the most evil and conniving of the brothers, a lot of fun to play.”
Levi is part of a whole; the brothers move in a pack of 11, all sons of Jacob.
But only one of Jacob’s sons has a technicolor dreamcoat.
And only one Pharaoh fills those platform shoes.
What: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
Where: Byram Hills High School, 10 Tripp Lane, Armonk.
When: 7:30 p.m. March 4; 8 p.m. March 5; 2 and 8 p.m. March 6.
Tickets: $12/$10 students and seniors
Call: 914-273-9200, Ext. 4557