Reviewed by Claire Turner
It was red and yellow and green and brown…
When X-factor winner Joe McElderry took to the stage as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat the audience were right there with him! It was as though the part was made for him. The audience agreed to, standing ovations during the performance – almost unheard of.
The biblical story of Joseph, Jacob’s 12th (and favourite) son, who is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, is narrated throughout by the very talented Trina Hill. The musical is entirely sung through and Trina sung each song exceptionally well. She is accompanying on stage by the wonderful children’s choir from the Carmel Thomas Performing Arts School. The show takes you to Egypt where Joseph eventually becomes the pharaohs second in command.
Bill Kenwright’s new touring production gives the musical a fresh current feel. The staging is simple and effective, there is plenty of humour, like the inflatable sheep and the speech bubbles that appear. The costumes are spectacular (and at times not much is worn!). The pharaoh is played by the wonderful Ben James-Ellis. He plays an Elvis style character with lots of hip thrusting during his musical numbers. The brothers are cheeky and funny and performed well throughout – with their many costume changes.
Joe’s solo of Close Every Door To Me was perfect and was one of the many standing ovations.
It was a superb night and I was so pleased I finally got to see the show. By the end of the show the audience were up on their feet dancing and singing along to the Joseph Megamix – a brilliant show and I highly recommend watching it.
The theatre as usual is a lovely venue with the mezzanine refurbishment complete we had a clear view over the sea. We parked on the seafront (free after 6pm) and walked up to the theatre, sat with a coffee while waiting for the show to start.
A very deserving 5 stars from me!
Tickets cost from £22.50 to £44.50 (booking fees may apply).
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend from 5-9 September 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit southendtheatres.org.uk or call the box office on 01702 351135.
Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 7RA | 01702 351135