We Review Joseph And His Technicolour Dreamcoat.
Joseph The Musical first took to the stage, in it’s full version, back in 1974 before taking to Broadway in 1982. Featuring a host of musical styles including rock ‘n’ roll, western and French ballards, Joseph has been entertaining fans for over 40 years. Currently showing at Birmingham Hippodrome with a brand new cast, this new adaption of a much loved classic see’s Jaymi Hensley (Union J) in the title role. Our own girl about Birmingham Lilith Holsey-Sheppard went along to the press night performance.
One of my earliest memories of the music from Joseph is my sister being on stage in Panto where they sang Any Dream Will Do. It is a song that has filled me with warm memories and has stuck with me for over 30 years, so couldn’t wait to go and watch this new adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic.
As the curtain rises steps line either side where the choir are seated. The Narrator, Trina Hill, introduces us to Jacob, Henry Metcalfe, and his 12 sons. Joseph, Jaymi Hensley, seen as a favourite by the rest of his jealous brothers receives the gift of his coloured coat from his father. We soon witness the brothers true feelings toward Joseph as they sell him of to be a slave in Egypt and claim to their father that he died protecting them from a crazed goat, his technicolour coat covered in blood only seems to back up their story. But this is only the start of Joseph’s troubles as he ends up alone and isolated in prison, sent there by the Pharaoh.
But all is not lost for the stories leading man…….
The cast are fantastic with Trina Hill as the Narrator, belting out each song with gusto. Other favourites include Bejamin, Alex Hetherton & Gad, Matt Jolly, as two of the 11 brothers. Each brother brings their own comedic charm to their characters. One moment that literally had the audience crying out for more was Pharaoh, Andrew Geater, as Elvis complete with white jumpsuit emblazoned with hieroglyphics as apposed to rhinestones. The cheers of “more” from some of the females in the audience showed just what a hit he was. I also have to say, we were really impressed with the leading man Jaymi Hensley, his vocal range was actually a very pleasant surprise as he belted out hit after hit. The choir were also fantastic, each singing with beaming smiles on their faces as you could spot their proud parents in the audience.
No great show is complete without a great team behind the scenes and lighting designer, Nick Richings, and sound designers , Dan Samson really set the mood in every scene change. The set designed by Sean Cavannagh is very clever, having the choir seated either side on steps throughout but allows easy changes centre stage dependent on each scene. We particularly love the huge Egyptian dogs that adorn the sides in the second act.
It’s easy to see why Joseph And His Technicolour Dreamcoat has been wowing fans for over 40 years and this new adaptation certainly does not disappoint. As the whole audience took to their feet to sing and dance along with the cast for an encore. Joseph is funny, colourful and shows how with a little faith and love, any dream really will do.
Jospeh is running till July 13th. To book your tickets, click HERE