Alexandra Burke will return to the West End this summer in the new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, running at the London Palladium from 1 July (gala night is 15 July) to 5 September 2021. Burke joins Jac Yarrow who is back in the title role and Jason Donovan who returns as Pharaoh.
The production will begin live performances after the proposed ‘Step Four’ in the Government’s roadmap to easing restrictions, and therefore is planning to accommodate full-capacity audiences in accordance with the intended lifting of all limits on social contact.
Producer Michael Harrison said: “The legendary song says ‘Any Dream Will Do’, but my dream for the past 12 months has been to bring our smash hit production of Joseph back to its spiritual home, The London Palladium. I’m thrilled that dream will soon become a reality.
“There is no better show than Joseph to unite audiences and bring joy and happiness to the West End this summer. The London Palladium is a very special theatre and Joseph is a very special musical. We have a brilliant cast ready to get back on stage and an army of theatre makers ready to return to the jobs they miss so much. GO! GO! GO! JOSEPH!”
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be directed by Laurence Connor who is joined in the creative team by choreographer JoAnn M Hunter, set and costume designer Morgan Large, lighting designer Ben Cracknell and sound designer Gareth Owen.
Alexandra Burke’s West End credits include the lead roles in The Bodyguard, Sister Act, Chess and Chicago. She first rose to fame winning The X Factor in 2008, and has since gone on to sell over five million records.
Jason Donovan was originally in the show when he made his defining stage performance as the title character of Joseph in the 1990s, in a sold-out 18-month run which produced a No.1 single and best-selling soundtrack album.
Jac Yarrow made his professional stage debut playing Joseph, following in the footsteps of a line of stars who have previously played the title character. His portrayal of Joseph won him an Olivier Award nomination.