With its re-opening being delayed by you-know-what (it had a successful run in 2019), ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ is now ready for a strictly limited season at the iconic London Palladium.
Alexandra Burke has replaced Sheridan Smith as The Narrator, while the very talented Jac Yarrow returns as Joseph and the inonic Jason Donovan repeats his all too brief role as the Pharaoh.What is also back are the amazing costumes (especially the coat!), the minimalist yet dazzling set, and the very talented supporting cast of back up dancers (especially the young children who practically steal the show). And the amazing lighting that makes the interior of the Palladium explode with bright colors, tranporting you to another time and place! And not once does the show lag – it’s non-stop singing and dancing and high energy – all of which will make you forget the all too many months we have been not allowed into the theatre!
Told entirely through song with the help of the Narrator, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ follows the story of Jacob’s favourite son Joseph and his eleven brothers. After being sold into hardship by the brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled showman, the Pharaoh. As Joseph strives to resolve Egypt’s famine, he becomes Pharaoh’s right-hand man and eventually reunites with his family.
The cast are all just wonderful – and under the direction of Laurence Connor, they are all having as much fun as we are – and they all look very happy to be back on stage!
If you missed it in 2019, now is your chance to catch this production. We’ve been shut out of theatres for way too long so ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ is the perfect show to get you back into the theatre, and you’ll leave with a smile!
Now playing at the London Palladium until September 5th.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is produced by Michael Harrison.
For further information, please see www.josephthemusical.com
Review by Tim Baros
Photo by Tristram Kenton