Reviewed by Linzi Davies
I literally couldn’t wait to see Joseph which is one of my all time favourite musicals and taking along my young 6-year-old son who loved it as much as me was the icing on the cake. I decided to get the train in with Thom to make it a little bit more exciting and caught the direct train into Oxford Road which took about 35 minutes. Oxford Road station is just a minute walk to the theatre and a quick stop at the conveniently placed Sainsbury’s meant we were armed with goodies for the show.
We collected our tickets from the box office and were delighted to take our seats only 8 rows form the front. It was certainly not a sell-out which was a disappointment to see but theatre tickets are so expensive and it would be lovely for it to be an experience a little bit more accessible to all.
Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat tells the biblical story of Jacob and his 12 sons, one of whom is his particular favourite. The brothers are jealous of Joseph and his visions of the future which come to him in the form of dreams and decide they must get rid of him in order to live happily. The brothers sell Joseph as a servant and for many years he is mistreated and abused, before eventually being plucked from obscurity to become the Pharaohs right hand man, with the added bonus of being able to foretell the future by interpreting dreams. The Elvis Pharaoh really is a crowd pleaser, the costume is sublime and the huh huh huh, perfectly mimicked ensuring the watching audience really did think Elvis was in the building.
The children from Stagecoach Chester & Wirral dealt well with a slight technical blip during which the curtain didn’t raise at the start of the second half when they were singing their hearts out, a few giggles seen but a huge round of applause when the curtain finally did lift…
Joe McElderry (X factor winner 2009) was sensational as the lead, his tear jerking solo, ‘close every door’ literally brought some of the crowd to their feet and in myself unleashed a feeling of raw emotion, “outstanding”. The brothers were an eclectic mix of humour, dashing good looks and slick dance moves. I was slightly disappointed with Trina Hill as the narrator, although she had a good voice, at times it was lost within the ensemble and very very trill to the point of raised eyebrows within the people sat close to us.
The story progresses and Joseph ultimately becomes the true success he envisaged many years earlier, after testing that his brothers had really changed for the better, as all good stories they lived happily every after.
From beginning to end this musical is fantastic, the sets all be it quite simple, compliment the dancers and are fundamental to the show especially the inflatable sheep which pop up now and again. The classic hits such as Every Dream Will Do and Go Go Go Joseph keep the audience foot tapping and dancing along. The finale had everyone on their feet and no one left until they were certain it was over just to ensure they didn’t miss a thing.
A truly brilliant performance by each and every cast member, just can’t fault this production in any way.
Tickets cost from £17.90 to £53.90 (plus £4 transaction fee).
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is at the Palace Theatre in Manchester from 17-21 October 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/palacetheatre or call the box office on 0844 871 3019.
Palace Theatre, 97 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6FT | 0844 871 3019