Reviewed by Amanda Browne
My first review of 2020 was at possibly my favourite theatre in the area, the Aylesbury Waterside. Easy to get to and always plentiful parking in the adjacent carpark, we battled the elements last night to get to the show for its 7.30pm start. There were some very young audience members out in force tonight, once I had watched the show I understood why.
Bill Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is most certainly a musical that appeals to all ages, what an amazingly colourful, energetic spectacle. There’s something for everything, lots of giggles along the way, starting with the blow-up sheep!
I don’t know why this is my first ever visit to see this particular show, where have I been? This has to be one of the very best musicals around and I have definitely seen quite a few. Mark McMullan (Britain’s Got Talent), wow, wow, wow! What an awesome voice, he’s one to watch for sure, I am positive this young man will go very far, along with Alexandra Doar, whose voice was a constant throughout the show. Both making their professional debuts, what fantastic starts to their careers.
Where do I start, I don’t like to spoil stories, but what I will tell you is that there are a variety of musical styles jammed packed into this modern take on a biblical tale. I couldn’t keep up, at one point I thought Johnny Cash himself would appear. There was Country, there was Carnival, French Cafe Style, Sister Act style choir, to name but a few, when the Pharaoh appeared and it was ‘The King’ himself, well my night was complete, Elvis was in the building. Henry Lawes, you nearly stole the show, tip top performance, I absolutely loved him.
So if you thought Joseph was some boring Egyptian biblical tale about Joseph, his eleven brothers and a coat of many colours, you couldn’t be more wrong. Of course, Any Dream Will Do bought the house down, quite rightly so. You could hear a pin drop, outstanding vocals from your man, just outstanding. I honestly had the best night, the brothers were all on point and their characters shone through, their dancing was simply fab. All the Costumes, the lights, the children’s choir, I can’t recommend you go see this production enough. The Joseph Megamix finale itself is worth the ticket price alone., Elvis and Joseph in the House. This show won my heart from the opening number, loved it. Astonishingly awesomely amazing it’s a 5-star rating from me.
Tickets costs from £13 (plus £3.65 transaction fee).
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury from 14-18 January 2020, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury or call the box office on 0844 871 7607.
Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP20 1UG | 0844 871 7607