Lighting up Everyman Theatre’s stage with fireworks of colour, Bill Kenwright’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat offered sensational songs and perfect performances from an outstanding cast, proving exactly why the musical is such a classic.
A favourite across the generations, the sold-out opening night show attracted everyone from grandchildren to grandparents who waited excitedly for the infectious sing-along numbers, smiling and clapping from the first familiar music notes and the opening number, ‘Any Dream Will Do’.
Joe McElderry was the perfect Joseph, capturing the charm, energy and warmth of the lovable hero.
Starring as the ultimate dreamer, X Factor winner Joe McElderry was the perfect Joseph, capturing the charm, energy and warmth of the lovable hero – not to mention his amazing vocals which dazzled from the first chords to the finale encore, with his standout solo ‘Close Every Door’ a delight to witness.
Also taking centre stage was Lucy Kay who excelled in the role of narrator, demonstrating her extraordinary vocal range by telling the best-loved tale completely through song, from naming ‘Jacob and Sons’, to the tongue-twisting coat colours – something which was definitely no mean feat!
Using the Everyman Theatre’s stage to its full potential, we were treated to larger-than-life pharaohs, blankets of colour (quite literally), moving sets, and immersing scenery which transported audiences from Canaan to Egypt, to Paris!
From the pack of Joseph’s jealous brothers to the Pharaoh aka the ‘King’ Elvis, the entire cast maintained a terrific tempo throughout the show, exuding an incredible energy and with flawless choreography that appeared almost effortless.
Not forgetting The Joseph Choir, featuring children’s singing groups based in Cheltenham, Gloucester and Cirencester, which has to be applauded for its beautiful singing and unwavering smiles, and its excellent opening of the second half.
If you're looking for feel-good entertainment which will leave you with a smile on your face and singing for hours after, Bill Kenwright's show offers everything you'd wish and more.
Peppered with humour and tongue-in-cheek quips and culminating in an electric encore, audiences of all ages were dancing in the aisles before waving goodbye to the cast with a standing ovation – which was thoroughly deserved!
While tackling the revered work of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice must be a daunting task, the show delivered all of the laughs, colour, charisma, and magic you’d expect, with the singing, clapping and mid-performance cheers a testament to its brilliance.
If you’re looking for feel-good entertainment which will leave you with a smile on your face and singing for hours after, Bill Kenwright’s show offers everything you’d wish and more.
Don’t miss the chance to catch Joseph and his amazing coloured coat in Cheltenham, while you still can!
By Kathryn Godfrey
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat will be at Everyman Theatre until Saturday 17 June 2017. For more information see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, call (01242) 572573, or visit everymantheatre.org.uk directly.
Wednesday 14 June 2017
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