23 July to 2 August 2014
Reviewed by A K Templer
We went to the opening night of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Theatre Royal, Windsor just in time to get some drinks and popcorn and find our seats before the start of the show.
I have to admit I didn’t read up on the storyline and what it is about and because I haven’t been brought up in England I wasn’t familiar with the play and was looking forward to enjoying it and get surprised unlike my cousin who has played the part of the slave in a school production when she was younger so she did tell me she would probably sing along to the songs.
Starring X-Factor finalist Lloyd Daniels (as Joseph), Over the Rainbow Winner Danielle Hope (as Narrator) and Dancing on Ice finalist and Ex-EastEnders Actor Matt Lapinskas (as Pharaoh), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a colourful retelling of the biblical story about Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours.
The production which has lyrics by Tim Rice and music by non-other than Andrew Lloyd Webber boosts all the famous songs from “Close Every Door”, “Jacob and Sons” and of course “Any Dream Will Do”. This musical has been around nearly 35 Years and has seen plenty of great reviews and standing ovations.
With its new tour starting in the Theatre Royal, Windsor as of this week there are fresh faces on the scene and let me tell you the boys (and girls) done good. I have to say the start of the show didn’t grip me at all when they played the music to nearly all of the hits from the show, I thought it was a bit boring to be honest. All the way through the show the Joseph Choir made out of young girls and boys were sitting on the steps on stage and were singing in great harmony!
The Narrator (played by Danielle Hope) was not only telling the story but she was included in some of the scenes with a bit of dancing which was refreshing.
Lloyd Daniels best known for joining the Top 5 of the sixth season of X-Factor in 2009 has that young charm of the little “Joseph” and his voice was very powerful all the way through the performance but I have to admit for me he wasn’t the star of the Show, this title has to go to Matt Lapinskas who is well known for playing the part of “Anthony Moon” in EastEnders and making the final on Dancing on Ice. He played the part of Joseph’s son “Napthali” as well as “Pharaoh” aka the Egyptian Elvis, as I like to call him from now on! He has a very strong voice and his charisma and charm and his self-confident stage presence was just right and VERY enjoyable to watch! He had the whole theatre up and clapping and the atmosphere was great!
Overall I would give the musical a 4 out of 5 and I would not hesitate to recommend the show to my friends because I think it’s a great night out!
There is plenty of parking near the Theatre Royal, Windsor although the cheaper car parks are a bit of a walk away we decided on the Royal Albert car park which is located in the shopping centre and a 10 minute walk down the hill to the theatre and it cost us just under £5 to park whilst we enjoyed the show.
Tickets cost from £12.50 to £24.50.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is at the Theatre Royal, Windsor until 2 August 2014. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01753 853 888.
Theatre Royal Windsor. Thames Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1PS | 01753 853 888