29 March to 2 April 2016
Reviewed by Angela Milnes
Last night I went to review Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with my family at the Palace Theatre in Manchester. The whole experience was fantastic and it was the opening night of the performance.
The story of Joseph was narrated by Lucy Kay, a brilliant soprano, who introduced the audience to the characters whilst being supported by a youth choir. They did a fantastic job. Joe McElderry, the X-factor 2008 winner took the lead roll as Joseph and he did a fantastic job.
The show begins with Act one where Jacob gives his son the coat of many colours. His brothers are none too impressed and seek to cover up Joseph death. This is done by the performers who use the stairs to illustrate the feigned death by lowering Joseph from the stairs, which creates a pit. The scenery was brilliant and created a fantastic atmosphere.
In the Final scene of Act One, Joe McElderry performs “Go Go Go Joseph”. He managed to pull off an amazing song to a standing ovation from the whole audience who were totally entranced by this performance.
Act 2 began with Pharaoh’s story when the butler remembers someone who can potentially interpret Pharaoh’s dream. At this point, we don’t actually see the Pharaoh, but when he does reveal himself, Pharaoh is portrayed by an Elvis impersonator. This part of the show is really funny. The female dancers are love struck over Elvis/Pharaoh. He performs many of Elvis old songs mixed in with the actual dream he gave to Joseph to interpret. A very clever idea!
Another part of the show I love is when Joseph fails to hear the words of the dream the first time around and he asks ˜The King/Elvis/Pharaoh” to repeat his words.
Again this dance had brilliant choreography and got the audience engaged and delighted.
Near to the end, where Jacob discovers his son is alive, the show takes the audience to a French Parisian scene. This was very cleverly done, where all the song were done in a French accent, and made the whole audience laugh.
I really enjoyed watching this musical, of all the shows I have ever watched, this one has to be up there as one of my favourites. I found myself singing along and clapping with the audience who were all joining in. My daughter loved the music the acting and dancing and my husband said it was fantastic.
The Palace Theatre was a fabulous venue to host this magnificent show.
Joseph is a definitely a family friendly show and there were many children in the audience. Joseph is something I would love take my daughter to see again in the future.
The end of the show, was absolutely fantastic, the whole audience stood up and gave a full standing ovation to the final song, which was the coat of many colours. I had a fantastic night, it was a brilliant show and absolutely amazing to watch.
Tickets cost from £14 to £38 (booking fees may apply).
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a the Palace Theatre in Manchester until 2 April 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 3019.
Palace Theatre, 97 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6FT | 0844 871 3019