‘One of the best Josephs there has been’: JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT – Touring ★★★★

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Touring – reviewed at Edinburgh Playhouse
Guest reviewer: Sarah Moyes

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat proves it’s still at the top of its game as it returns to the Playhouse – again – over 50 years since it first launched.

The much-loved musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice retells the Biblical story of Jacobs’s favourite son, Joseph, who is transported to Egypt after being sold into slavery by his envious brothers. While there, his life takes a turn for the worse as he ends up being thrown into jail before managing to rebuild his life as a dream interpreter for the Pharaoh.

In this latest production of the show, it’s Jaymi Hensley (from boyband Union J) who gets to wear the famous coat of many colours in his first major musical role. He follows in the footsteps of a number of former X Factor stars who have appeared in this show over the years. And while he might not have a huge wealth of theatre experience on his CV he might just be one of the best Josephs there has been.

Given that the show is told almost completely through song with very few lines of dialogue, the vocal performances need to be on point. Trina Hill has an excellent voice and gives a warm and engaging performance in the role of the Narrator as she helps the audience follow the story.

While you would expect Hensley to have a good voice given his background, he completely blows the audience away with his vocal range which shines through on his emotionally raw performance of ‘Close Every Door To Me’, leaving the audience so captivated you could hear a pin drop.

The song list for Joseph includes an abundance of musical styles – from the country and western twang of ‘One More Angel in Heaven’ to the calypso of ‘Benjamin Calypso’. There is also a very Elvis Presley inspired performance from Andrew Geater as Pharaoh on numbers such as the rock‘n’roll ‘Song of the King’.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Joseph without a supporting cast of young children who provide the backing vocals for some of the show’s most well-known songs.

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This new Bill Kenwright production of the show feels really slick with more up-to-date choreography from Gary Lloyd which really allows Joseph’s brothers to show off their dancing skills.

In a sea of new musicals that continue to pop up, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat continues to entertain with one hit song after another. As the show comes to a close with the Joseph Megamix, it is clear why such a hugely fun and enjoyable musical still charms the audience to their feet time and time again.

Running time – 2 hours 15 minutes (including one interval)
Edinburgh Playhouse 18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA.
Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 March 2019
Evenings Tue – Thurs: 7.30pm; Fri/Sat: 5pm & 8pm. Matinees Wed/Thurs: 2.30pm; Sat: 2pm.
Tickets and details: Book Here.

Joseph on tour 2019:

19 – 23 Mar
Edinburgh
Playhouse
0844 871 3014
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26 – 30 Mar
Rhyl
Pavilion
01745 33 00 00
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2 – 6 Apr
Newcastle
Theatre Royal
08448 11 21 21
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9 – 13 Apr
Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes Theatre
0844 871 7652
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16 – 20 Apr
Chester
Storyhouse
01244 409 113
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14 – 18 May
Cardiff
Wales Millennium Centre
029 2063 6464
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21 – 25 May
Darlington
Hippodrome
01325 405405
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28 May – 01 Jun
Blackpool
Winter Gardens
0844 856 1111
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4 – 15 Jun
Leeds
Grand Theatre
0844 848 2700
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18 – 22 Jun
Derby
Derby Theatre
01332 59 39 39
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25 – 29 Jun
Ipswich
Regent
01473 433100
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2 – 13 July
Birmingham
Hippodrome
0844 338 5000
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16 – 20 July
Oxford
New Theatre
0844 871 3020
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Jaymi Hensley and company. Pic: Pamela Raith Photography

ENDS

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Thom Dibdin has been reviewing and writing about theatre in Scotland since the last millennium. He is currently Scotland Correspondent for The Stage newspaper. In 2010, he founded AllEdinburghTheatre.com. The city's only dedicated theatre website, it covers all Edinburgh theatre year-round - and all theatre made in Edinburgh during EdFringe. Thom is passionate about quality in theatre criticism and is a member of the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland. He tweets from @AllEdinTheatre and, personally, from @ThomDibdin.
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Thom Dibdin has been reviewing and writing about theatre in Scotland since the last millennium. He is currently Scotland Correspondent for The Stage newspaper. In 2010, he founded AllEdinburghTheatre.com. The city's only dedicated theatre website, it covers all Edinburgh theatre year-round - and all theatre made in Edinburgh during EdFringe. Thom is passionate about quality in theatre criticism and is a member of the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland. He tweets from @AllEdinTheatre and, personally, from @ThomDibdin.

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