‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ at the Marina Theatre
By Esmee Stimson
The musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ was originally written as a 15-minute show for a London school in 1968. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice transformed Joseph into a full-scale musical, making it to the West End in 1973 and Broadway in 1982. It has since become the UK's longest-running musical and has enjoyed several revivals since, including one in 1991 with, the then heart throb, Jason Donavan taking the lead role as Joseph and reaching number 1 with ’Any Dream will do’.
Joe McElderry of X-Factor fame is currently touring the country in Joseph and this has been a massive success with 5 star reviews of the show and a bestselling album.
I was lucky enough to be invited to the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Despite having heard lots of good things about the show and knowing a few words to ‘Any dream will do’ I had never seen Joseph before and had little previous knowledge of the story.
The story was very easy to follow and is based upon ‘The Coat of many colours’ from the Biblical book of Genesis. This follows Joseph who is the youngest of 12 brothers and his father’s favourite. Being jealous of Joseph his brothers plot against him and sell him as a Slave.
Joseph has an amazing ability to depict the meanings of dreams and this eventually helps him to rise through the ranks and sees him become the Egyptian Pharoah’s second in command, after he predicts a forthcoming famine and saves the nation.
Eventually Joseph is reunited with his brothers, who are now down trodden and starving, when they come to him to beg for food. The brothers don’t recognise him under his mask, so Joseph plays a trick on them to see if they have changed their wicked ways. I really enjoyed the show and found the production to be as bright and colourful as the title of the show, with beautiful elaborate sets and sparkly costumes.
Joseph is an ideal show to take the whole family to see .
The audience was packed full of people of all ages. There were groups of school children who seemed very excited and noisy before but as soon as the show started they all seemed utterly engrossed. At the end of the show the whole audience, young and old, gave a standing ovation and then joined the cast in singing and dancing along to the Joseph Megamix. Overall Joseph and The Technicolour Dreamcoat is very much a child friendly show with a story that is easy to understand through song.
The show was packed with humour much to the delight of the audience.
The Elvis Pharaoh scene is very funny especially as Elvis makes an appearance complete with his trademark white jumpsuit, which is embellished with hieroglyphic embroidery.
I also enjoyed the scene with the pop up sheep and then the cardboard cut-out singing camel with the strange camel-like voice.
I was really impressed by Joe McElderry as not only did he have a fantastic voice, but he also had lots of charisma and a powerful stage presence. It is hard to believe that his major theatrical debut was only two years ago. All the cast worked very hard and had amazing voices especially the Narrator Trina Hill. The children from the Norwich based Broadlands Youth Choir also did an amazing job.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a funny and highly entertaining show featuring a variety of music and dance styles and lots of colourful costumes. Even though I had very little knowledge of the story of Joseph the show was extremely easy to follow and told the story well.
It’s great family entertainment but be warned you will be very likely to leave the theatre with at least one song from the show stuck in your head for the next couple of days.
Time of show Roughly 2 hours with a 20min interval
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is playing at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft until 30th September
28th September 2017 2:30 pm
28th September 2017 7:30 pm
29th September 2017 5:00 pm
29th September 2017 8:00 pm
30th September 2017 2:00 pm
30th September 2017 5:00 pm
30th September 2017 8:00 pm
All seats from £17.50 to £35.00
Call the box office on 01502 533200 or by purchase tickets online by clicking here
Merchandise for sale
A stall was at the front of the Theatre selling Programmes, CD’s, T shirts and Souvenir Brochures.