Reviewed by Sandra McGhee
Last night I had the pleasure of being chosen to review, on behalf of What’s Good To Do, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat produced by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber (which certainly had a new modern twist with no end of surprises involving Elvis, Country and Western to name a couple. I was fortunate to see the original musical in the West End back in the nineties when Philip Schofield appeared in it and loved it way back then. I couldn’t wait to see this new modern-day performance at my local theatre.
My guest and I was delighted with our seats and it appeared the opening night was almost sold out, hardly a spare seat in sight. The story is based on the story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis and this Musical was simply brilliant. The music throughout the evening, all the singing retelling the biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and his famous coat of many colours to real life had each member of the audience gripped to their seats.
I was astonished at how quickly the interval came around after Act One, which in my book is always a really good sign of a great evening. Act Two was just as good and some great favourite songs sung.
A big shout out to Jaymi Hensley, known to some from Union J, who played Joseph magnificently, a first class performance. He was a real superstar, such a great performance that had the whole audience transfixed the entire evening. Jaymi had such a powerful voice and sang and performed really well the entire evening. You would think someone was kidding you being told this was his first ever major musical role. Jaymi is a real natural performer that deserves huge credit for playing this role so incredibly well. The show was produced to such a high standard, I really did think I was in the West End.
A powerful story come to life. As well as Jaymi, Trina Hill the beautiful Narrator (who trained at Urdang Academy) was a real pleasure to watch, amongst all the other main performers, including Henry Metcalfe who played Jacob and all the other brothers too many to mention. All the brothers worked perfectly with each other acting out the story and all singing the lyrics well. Some great dancing too as well as super sets (no expense spared) and wonderful costumes, sound and lighting. Not forgetting the lovely young choir which enhanced the whole atmosphere.
There was a standing ovation at the end and most of the audience were up dancing including myself. All in all, a smashing evening which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Well done to all those involved, super production.
Highly recommended, I would definitely watch this again, no hesitation whatsoever. Most enjoyable family musical I’ve seen in a long time.
Tickets cost from £13 to £40.40 (plus £3.65 transaction fee).
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is at the Milton Keynes Theatre from 9-13 April 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes or call the box office on 0844 8717652.
Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK9 3NZ