‘Idol’ Runner-Up to Star in ‘Joseph’ at Muny July 23-29 - The Missourian: Emissourian

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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 10:00 am | Updated: 12:41 pm, Fri May 3, 2013.

Broadway sensation and recording artist Justin Guarini, who rose to fame in 2002 as the first runner-up on the first season of the hit TV competition show “American Idol,” will next be seen on the Muny stage staring in the production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” July 23-29.

This will be Guarini’s Muny debut.

“I’m thrilled to be playing the role of Joseph,” said Guarini. “Being able to do it in front of 11,000 people every night, outside under the stars, is truly magical. I’m honored to be part of the history and tradition at The Muny.”

Muny Executive Producer Mike Isaacson said, “When I saw Justin in ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’ on Broadway, I knew I wanted to bring him to the Muny stage. I’m so excited to bring his talent, energy and magnetism to ‘Joseph.’

“People may know Justin only as a recording artist, but after seeing him on the Muny stage, they will see why he is an up-and-coming Broadway star.”

Since making his Broadway debut in “Women on the Verge,” Guarini has been seen in several major theatrical productions, including playing the role of Will in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of “American Idiot,” playing Roger in the Surflight Theater’s production of “Rent” and starring as Billy Flynn in “Chicago” at the Media Theatre in Philadelphia.

Since “American Idol,” Guarini has completed two studio albums and is working on his third. He also starred in the films “From Justin to Kelly” with fellow “Idol” alumna Kelly Clarkson and “Fast Girl” with Mircea Monroe and Caroline Rhea.

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