Full casting has been announced for the new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium following the previous announcements that Sheridan Smith will star as The Narrator, Jason Donovan will return to the show as Pharaoh, and Jac Yarrow will mark his professional debut as Joseph.
Under the glossy veneer of amazing choreography, the fulsome sound of Opera North’s orchestra and some spectacular performances, its gender politics are simply presented as they are. And presumably it’s OK because that’s what it was like then.
For much as I’d love us to be in a place where it doesn’t matter, it still feels important to note that Hugh Maynard is the first black man to play the role of Sweeney Todd professionally in the UK. And from his very first utterance, you’re left in no doubt whatsoever that he’s more than up to the task.