I have finally seen Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and my-oh-my it was AMAZING!
For years now, My Mom and I have wanted to see Joseph as I have grown-up loving the songs after listening to the CD my Mom had (and still has). My Mom is a big Jason Donovan fan and since he played the roll of Joseph in the 90s, my Mom has always said this is one of the shows she would love to see. Then one day last Winter, I got an email from Wolverhampton Grand Theatre to say they were going to release the tickets to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I knew then that I had to book!
A Little Bit About Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
I won’t go too much into the story as I believe a show should be enjoyed by knowing little as little about the show as possible.
So the story begins with Joseph who is the son of Jacob and he has 11 brothers (I won’t name them all – I can’t). Joseph is Jacob’s favourite son, and for this his brothers hate him. Joseph is known as the ‘Dreamer’ as he has dreams which predict the future and he is able to tell people the meaning of their dreams and future. One day Jacob gives Joseph a technicolor coat and the brothers are incredibly jealous and decide to kill him. This is where the story begins and the story and show picks up the pace.
My Thoughts on the Show
Joe McElderry played the role of Joseph which I have to admit, I was a bit sceptical about as he was a winner from X-Factor and not an actor. I can gladly hold my hands up and say, he was truly spectacular. He told the story of Joseph perfectly, his voice was so powerful and stunning and in the song Close Every Door; I was almost (if actually not) in tears. I would love to see him in something else very very soon.
I had a very pleasant surprise to see that Lucy Kay (runner-up in Britain’s Got Talent 2015) was playing the role of the narrator. If you don’t know who Lucy is, she is a Soprano singer and an incredibly good one at that. Her voice as the narrator was brilliant, and some of the high notes she hit were shocking. The emotion she gave throughout the show was 100% and she seemed a genuinely lovely person as she looked after and regularly kept an eye on the children in the choir. It didn’t go unnoticed and added that extra bit to the show.
All the cast were brilliant and had so much energy. I don’t know how they can sing, dance and act at the same time and non-stop throughout the show and at the same time remembering all their character changes. They were fantastic!
The show also included a choir of children (Team A & B) which is local to the theatre at the time, and this will change with every theatre on the UK Tour. They were all great and gave 100% to the show.
The set is very simplistic, but space and props used defiantly make the most out of the set. The Orchestra is one of my favourite things about a show, and I love when a show has a live orchestra. I always try to get in Row B or C in the stalls so I can hear the Orchestra. They really do make the show complete and set the tone for the show.
The only thing I found a bit odd with the show was the 5 minutes in the beginning. There is a medley of the songs (only Orchestra playing) of the songs of the show. My Mom and I looked at each other and wondered “is this just the shows music and not the musical?”. All was fine though, don’t worry!
I would recommend this show to anyone. It is a bible story and some may not like that, but the show is so well put together and the music and acting are brilliant. If you get chance to see this show on the rest of the UK Tour, I would certainly book on. I would love to see it again!
Information & Review Score
Location – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Lichfield St, Wolverhampton WV1 1DE.
Date Seen – Saturday 21st May 2016 (5pm Performance)
Review Score – 5/5
Top Seating Tips – I would sit in the centre if possible in the stalls or the first 4 rows of Balcony.