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REVIEW: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

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The theatrical behemoth that is Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s first performed musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, really needs no introduction. From a humble cantata performed at Colet Court school in 1968, this most family-friendly of musicals has constantly been touring in one form or another for producer/director Bill Kenwright for 36 years.

This time around TV talent show star Joe McElderry, winner of the sixth series of X Factor (as well as emerging triumphant in Pop Star to Opera Star and The Jump) dons the loincloth and the coat of many colours. Following in the leather sandals of the much-loved Jason Donovan, Phillip Schofield and Any Dream Will Do winner Lee Mead (who, with his head of cascading black curls, McElderry bears a more than passing resemblance to), the pint-sized powerhouse delivers vocals that knock all those who’ve come before him into the proverbial cocked hat and turns in an accomplished acting performance to boot.

Indeed, this production is glorious from start to end. The choreography has been refreshed to give it an infectious energy, as have the musical arrangements (which in parts echo what’s was to come with shades of Jesus Christ Superstar popping up here and there), Tim Rice’s cynically witty lyrics, often squashed by poor performers, hit the mark every time in the hands of this excellent cast, and the sheer quality throughout gives this creaky middle-aged show a new spring in its step.

The staging, as always, is relatively simple but the technicolour tableaux are a treat and there’s still a nod to its school show origins in the dodgy balsa wood camels and the silly touches throughout.

It’s easy to be cynical about a production that’s been around as long as this, but the energy and verve of this hugely talented cast and McElderry’s blockbusting vocals and easy charm will make you fall in love with Joseph all over again. An irresistible delight.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat runs at Glasgow King’s Theatre until Saturday 14 May then touring the UK.

Tickets are available at: http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/joseph-and-the-amazing-technicolor-dreamcoat-2016/kings-theatre/ but hurry, if tonight’s packed auditorium is anything to go by you’d better be quick.

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REVIEW: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat starring Keith Jack, Hamilton Town House 6th May 2011

               

This was playing 5 minutes walk from my front door so there wasn’t really any chance I was going to pass up the opportunity to see a musical that convenient!

 It stars Keith Jack, the 22-year-old Scot was a finalist in Any Dream Will Do, the BBC show to find a new star to play Joseph on the West End stage, but lost out to Lee Mead.  Jack has finally got his hands on Joseph’s technicolour dream coat and has said “It is strange, though, to think I will finally be doing Joseph. I look back on Any Dream Will Do now and I don’t think I was ready for it all then. I feel like in the two or three years that have gone by I have really grown up and am more prepared to take on a lead like Joseph now – and I know all the songs.”

 By sheer accident rather than design I’ve got front row seats for this.

 So the (re-) view from the front row is… fabulous. In the confines of a pretty small stage this was just joyous and totally unexpected. Well acted with energy and sparkle from a fantastic cast. The audience’s hands and throats were raw from applauding and singing. If this is touring near you I urge you to go. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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