Reviewed by Hilz
The story of Joseph from the Bible was told with fun and passion. Alexandra Burke as the narrator (and Jacob) fresh back from maternity leave was awesome. She carried it from beginning to end with incredible singing, dancing and overall energy.
Jac Yarrow as Joseph was also outstanding, as frankly were Rueben and Simeon, two of his brothers. And the children! – Wow aren’t they just amazing too?!! They are stars of the future – no doubt about it – tonight were the yellow team- Well Done Yellow Team!! Delightfully confident and with excellent voice projection and acting.
The many different genres of music in this show were surprising and engaging. One minute it was country style – ‘one more angel in heaven’ and the next it was Elvis, the pharaoh, doing a hugely funny and talented Las Vegas piece – wow! And another highlight was the tap dancing number. The theatre was almost full which was really pleasing. The sets were beautiful – really well done – setting the scenes perfectly and professionally.
The lighting was also brilliant just like a West End show And clever touches like camels with wheels were great – who would’ve thought?! This is a story overall of forgiveness – this might get lost a little bit in the show songs – but it is indeed a story of forgiveness – that Joseph would forgive his brothers for selling him into slavery and almost dying – but fulfilling the prophecy of the dreams he had– the dreams that his brothers hated him for but which were true – and seeing that despite his suffering as a slave and being imprisoned, it was all meant to be, and that one day he would save his people from starvation – which he did – and ultimately be reconciled and reunited with them and his father, learning some much needed wisdom along the way.
The second half started with an overture which I found enchanting – a real taster of what was to come. The Egypt scenes were particularly brilliant – Gold backdrop, gold costumes, gold dancers – exceptionally good – And the statues of the gods with guitars were so humorous! And great that they moved to the music. Another huge highlight was the brothers French song about Canaan – so good! – for a moment I thought I was watching ‘Les Miserables’! Really beautifully done – musically excellent and full of life and passion – loved it! (Didn’t particularly like the can-can bit in it – but hey maybe that was just us?)
This is a family show through and through – bring all your family, bring your grandma, bring your uncles and aunties and bring your children, it’s wonderful. The orchestra was excellent too! At the end there was a medley of all the songs from the show and we just danced and danced it was great – Then streamers flew out and I caught one and went away covered with them – they just nailed the celebratory atmosphere.
A totally 5* experience in every respect!
This is an uplifting show – you just can’t go wrong – go and see it – it’s wonderful!
Rating: 5/5 stars
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is on at Milton Keynes Theatre from Monday 12th to Saturday 24th September
Ticket prices start from £13.00 and can be purchased here:
Or call the Box Office on 0844 871 7615
500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 3NZ