Reviewed by Catherine Brown
Joseph is one of the most well-known musicals to have come from the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice collaboration. This entertaining show is at the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent as part of a national tour. Having previously seen Jason Donovan and Philip Schofield in the lead role, I was excited to see how 2009 X-Factor winner Joe McElderry would put his stamp on it.
Based on the familiar bible story, Jacob has eleven sons – with his favourite being the dreamer Joseph. Jealous of the attention he gets, Joseph’s brothers sell him into slavery eventually ending up in Egypt where Joseph begins to work for Potiphar. Unfortunately, his troubles are not over and Joseph is put in jail where he is able to interpret the dreams of a butler.
Once the butler is released he goes to work for the Pharaoh who is upset by the dreams he is having. The butler remembers that Joseph may be able to help and he is rescued from prison to start working for the king. When Joseph’s brothers fall on hard times they turn to their sibling for help unaware of who they are speaking to.
The main cast were supported brilliantly by youngsters from Stagecoach Chester & Wirral. The set and costume designs were bold and colourful – the realistic looking sheep gave everyone a giggle. Choreographer Henry Metcalfe ensured the cast performed with energy and enthusiasm that had many of the audience dancing along in their seats.
All vocals were good – narrator Trina Hill weaving her way through the other actors to support the story possibly being the best, with only a few lines from the Elvis style pharaoh being tricky to understand. Joe McElderry made a convincing Joseph and he obviously had lots of young fans in the audience. The high number of people on stage and quick costume changes could have been chaotic but they all worked seamlessly.
The Regent Theatre is easy to find in the Hanley area of the city with parking nearby. The staff are always warm and welcoming even on a quiet night. The piano bar is a stunning place to have a drink, while the main foyer also stocks a selection of drinks and snacks which can be pre-ordered for the interval.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is a fantastic family show and one not to be missed.
Tickets cost £16.90 to £18.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is at the Regent Theatre in Stoke from 24-28 October 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/regent-theatre or call the box office on 0844 871 7649.
Regent Theatre, Piccadilly, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 1AP | 0844 871 7649