Theatre Review: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ The Orchard Theatre
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Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webbers' much-loved musical of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has been sensationally revived with the unbelievably slick Joe McElderry taking the infamous lead role.
Directed by Bill Kenwright, the production derives from the story of Joseph in the Bible’s Book of Genesis. Being his father's favourite son, Joseph is subjected to harsh jealousy from 11 envious brothers, banished to slavery and shipped to Egypt, despite having a magnificent talent to interpret dreams.
Joe McElderry, The X Factor winner from 2009, masters his role as Joseph, proving to be a remarkable all-round entertainer with dramatic acting, dancing and of course incredible vocals. Joe’s skills-set is of a high standard and the best “Joseph” I’ve ever seen, putting his heart and soul into the performance; he sure does belong on the stage.
Lucy Kay (Britain's Got Talent) plays the Narrator, and like McElderry, she is a character of momentous talent and maintains a rich theatrical flair. The chemistry between all of the begrudging brothers is electric and rather peculiar as they sincerely act like they are all life-long friends, evident within the entertaining “One More Angel in Heaven” song, where they all sing and dance simultaneously, looking like they are naturally having a great time. The choir sing delightfully with emotion, and not once out of time. There is even a surprise appearance from Elvis! The set wis predominantly a conventional Egyptian backdrop, with extraordinary costumes soliciting certain scenes along with striking illuminations from lighting designer Nick Richings. The introduction seems to be rather prolonged and at one point Joseph’s coat accidently gets a little tangled on the stage, but once the show gets going it is a quality assured production suitable for London’s West End. The end of the show even sees the brothers dancing amongst the crowd as McElderry belts out "Any Dream Will Do" one last time with the audeince all up on their feet. It is an uplifting musical, full of colour and exactly what the world needs to scarper any winter blues. It’s a complete work of art! For full information on the UK tour visit: http://www.josephthemusical.com/uktour/
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