I have seen Joseph before, but this production of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was the best ever! There was a modern spin to the story, lots of laughs and of course show-stopping music.
The new London Palladium production of this smash hit musical is right here in Manchester, but only until Saturday 2nd April.
The multi award-winning show of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber has been performed in over 80 countries worldwide and is one of the worlds most beloved family musicals.
Its a favourite of Joshua’s too, so he accompanied me to Tuesdays press night performance. The atmosphere was buzzing at the Opera house JD the show was spectacular.
If you don’t know the story, this musical follows the biblical life of Joseph anod his 11 brothers. Sick of him being his father’s favourite, they sell their daydreamer brother. So to be a slave, Joseph finds himself in a jail cell. But as word gets round of his ability to analyse dreams, the Pharaoh needs help with his crazy dreams…. could this be the big break Joseph needed?
Like I said, this production was the best I’d seen of Joseph. The entire show was made extra special by Alexandra Burke as the narrator. She was outstanding and blew me away. She brought humour to the role and made it her own. Even in her third trimester of pregnancy (her gorgeous little baby bump was adorable), she was none stop. She was full of energy and just looked like she was having the time of her life. It certainly felt like this part was made for her.
The children in the show were also absolutely phenomenal. In other productions of Joseph, children have only been in the show as the choir. But not in this production! They had much more of a central role, singing an dancing with the main cast and even playing some of Joseph’s brothers and other characters. The performances of the children was amazing and they were all very talented.
Jac Yarrow gave a memorable performance as Joseph, I loved his rendition of Close Every Door. It was also great to see Jason Donovan, who played the Pharaoh. The audience loved his Song Of The King! It was spectacular.
Overall this musical was a bright and colourful spectacle that you don’t want to miss! Whether you’re a Joseph fan or branch new to it, it’s well worth a watch. For more information and tickets see here.