Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Review

Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Review

It was “go, go, go Joseph”, as Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical visited Darlington Hippodrome on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019.

Set in the biblical land of Caanan, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat tells the story of Joseph, the favourite son of Jacob, who is gifted a multi-coloured coat, much to the envy of his eleven brothers.

In Bill Kenwright’s latest tour of the much-loved production, Jaymi Hensley follows in the footsteps of Jason Donovan, Lee Mead and Joe McElderry to don the famous dreamcoat of many colours.

Having risen to fame on “The X Factor” as part of boyband Union J, Hensley proves why he was the perfect choice for the role. His versatile acting and singing abilities are evident throughout, as he manages to inject his cheekiness into the more lively numbers, whilst adopting a serious tone for a haunting performance of “Close Every Door To Me”.

Jaymi Hensley

Equally as impressive is Trina Hill as the Narrator, who ensures the production flows smoothly between scenes. Her high-spirited personality beams through in her performance and she has a stunning vocal range to match.

As for the supporting cast, Henry Metcalfe (whose association with the musical goes back over three decades) makes an excellent Jacob/Potiphar and Andrew Geater is very well suited to the role of Pharaoh. Likewise, Joseph’s brothers provide the vast majority of the humour, injecting an abundance of charisma and energy into their respective roles.

It wouldn’t be a production of Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat without the iconic soundtrack, comprising of audience favourites such as “Jacob & Sons”, “Joseph’s Coat” and “Any Dream Will Do”.

Each of the feel-good numbers is sang to an extremely high standard with flawless vocals and bright, colourful costumes to match. Meanwhile, the raw, more downbeat numbers are sang with exceptional power and emotion, beautifully enhanced by the children’s choir and the orchestra led by Jeremy Wootton.

5

Summary

With the original production of Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat about to mark its 50th anniversary, this is a musical that shows no sign of stopping. A must-see.

“Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is at Darlington Hippodrome from Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 to Saturday, May 25th, 2019.

Tickets can be purchased from the box office on 01325 405405 or through the website.