With Alexandra Burke as The Narrator – Hallelujah!
Last night was the press night performance of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Milton Keynes Theatre.
I’ve seen a fair few Josephs over the years. I was a kid when the 90s Joseph with Jason Donovan and Phillip Schofield revival happened. It was that production that became my first London musical, making it a bit spesh (to me and I bet most musical theatre millennials).
Reading in the programme how Joseph was created is fascinating. I’m sure a lot of people can empathise with the way a young Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who dreaming of Westend fame, scrunched their noses at being asked to instead focus on something smaller and much less glam. A school production!
But they closed their eyes, drew back the curtains and the dream that is the musical Joseph was born. (Small steps can pave the way to wherever you want to go?!! Must keep telling myself that!).
So, it began life as a school performance and in the first scenes you’d easily believe that too. There’s kids and a singing narrator -but- count to ten and suddenly ALW and Tim Rice’s magic musical spell begins, you’ve been sucked into the book of Genesis and you’ve just been Joseph’d.
This UK Tour production stars Alexandra Burke as The Narrator and Jac Yarrow as Joseph and you can’t miss this pair in these roles.
I adore Alexandra Burke, who doesn’t with her soft but powerful vocals that purr with precision as The Narrator. `Alexandra’s rise to fame on The X factor in 2008 has only risen higher and higher with her Westend and worldwide touring musical-filled life since.
Accompanying them is a cast to be in awe of, especially the troop of children who sing, dance, move props and crack puns throughout. You’re all incredible stars!
Jack Yarrow as Joseph is maybe my fave one yet! When he sung Close Every Door the door in question closed hard enough it smushed my heart!
Joseph is a family-friendly, royal variety performance-esque panto-ey musical. There’s tap, there’s blues, there’s even The King! (Not Charles III, Elvis! ofc!). Joseph is undeniably every technicolor of the rainbow -amazing- and if its in our city, like it is right now, you put your own dreamcoat on, get to the theatre and you will feel amazing too.
Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is at Milton Keynes Theatre Monday 12 – Saturday 25 September 2022
Tickets were kindly gifted by Milton Keynes Theatre but they have zero control over what I post, or say about the performance – that’s all me! Thank you for your support. 🖤