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Review: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Review: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat supporting image

The cast of Joseph - Pamela Raith Photography

The classic stage production, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, is at the Lyceum Theatre from 5-9 November.

Bold, bright and full of songs you recognise, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph made a triumphant return to the Sheffield stage.

 

Jaymi Hensley, a member of Union J who finished fourth on The X Factor in 2012, excelled in the lead role of the Bill Kenwright production, but special praise should go to narrator Alexandra Doar, who was making her professional debut. You wouldn’t have known.

The story is a well-trodden tale, based on the ‘coat of many colours’ from the Bible’s Book of Genesis. After being banished by his 11 brothers, Joseph is first a slave then a prisoner before rising to become the second most powerful man in Egypt.

This touring production had all the bells and whistles you would expect; the sets were stylish, costumes drenched in colour and there was even an appearance from Elvis – sort of. Andrew Geater clearly enjoyed his hip-shaking role as the Pharaoh and the audience clearly enjoyed the ‘Joseph Megamix’ at the end of the show – the majority of the audience – including plenty of children – were on their feet clapping and singing along.

It was a fun night for all.

Elvis is in the buliding - Pamela Raith Photography 

For ticket information visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

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