14-18 June 2016
Reviewed by Meresa Bergin
Everyone has heard of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat even if they have never seen it, we all know the songs. I myself had never seen the play before and was unsure what it would be like, my husband worried it might be very straight and serious but we were both in for a shock!
This play is something special, very special you felt it as soon as you walked into the hall to take your seats. For one the hall was packed, there was not an empty seat! There was a buzz of excitement and I was delighted to see some many youngsters, I do love to see children at the theatre.
I have to admit the start of the play did leave us a little confused as they had an intro of music for a long period of time and I was unsure if there was a problem or if it was how the show went. Those around us who had clearly seen the show before seemed to understand what was going on however.
The tale of Joseph is a sad one but so lighted with hope and dreams, it shows you that if you hold tight and fast to what matters to you and your dreams, anything can happen.
Joe McElderry is outstanding as Joseph, I know little about this actor besides he was on X Factor but he is far from that now, he is easily viewed in my eyes as a serious theatre performer. His charm and clear joy at being cast in this role is so clear to see.
Lucy Kay as the Narrator was something special, her voice sent shivers down my spine and she is by far the best singer in the play. I enjoyed her ability to adapt to different music choices. I am aware she is classically trained but she had no issues preforming any type of music.
I also would like to add note to Henry Metcalfe was is clearly a very talented performer and had a strong sense of the role and you fully believed his portray of Jacob, Joseph’s father. Emilliands Stamatakis was outstanding, I loved his Elvis inspired songs and outfits he really got everyone going and on their feet.
This is the first play I have seen that has had everyone on their feet and dancing, I thought some of the cast coming down into the crowd as we all sang was a lovely touch. You really felt part of the story and invested in it which is always important I feel.
Even as the play ended and we had an encore the cast returned to the stage to give us another one! I was very impressed in how much energy they invested into the play and I was equally impressed with the cast of children with sang who remained still and in their roles throughout the performance which I know from working with children can be hard work!
You must see this musical and if you have seen it before, you must see it again!
Tickets costs from £14.90 to £47.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is at the Theatre Royal in Brighton until 18 June 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7650.
Theatre Royal. New Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1SD | 0844 871 7650