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Theatre Review: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat - Edinburgh Playhouse ✭✭✭✭




A stalwart on the musical theatre touring circuit, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is one of those shows that as soon it begins with its rousing overture featuring key moments from the score; the audience knows exactly what’s in store from the night.

Even before Any Dream Will Do propelled the show into the limelight, Joseph has been a favourite of schools and, of course, Jason Donovan’s popular rendition of Any Dream Will Do that accompanies the London Palladium production in the 90s.

Keith Jack fits perfectly into the role of Joseph and definitely demonstrates his worth as runner up in the BBC's Any Dream Will Do programme with his strong vocals full of emotion. The Narrator (Lauren Ingram) seamlessly guides the audience through the Biblical story, which sees the cast venture to Egypt and, somewhat bizarrely, Paris, the Caribbean and Las Vegas.  Luke Jasztal was extremely entertaining as Levi along with the whole cast dressed as cheerleaders and American football players.

Joseph's eleven brothers gel well together and inject enthusiasm and fun into the family friendly musical. The Pharaoh’s Butler (Andrew Bateup) and his Baker (Richard J Hunt) made a great duo while Joseph interpreted their dreams.  However, in comparison to Jack, the brothers did seem to lack a bit of experience.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is filled with comical moments even during One More Angel in Heaven when the brothers reveal to their father, Jacob, (Henry Metcalfe) that Joseph is gone.

The Joseph Megamix was the perfect ending to a colourful show that can only be described as brilliant fun for the whole family. It finally offered the audience the opportunity to join in and sing along with Any Dream Will Do, which many were keen to do throughout the show.

An audience favourite, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is always well-received on tour and last night was no exception with the audience giving the cast a standing ovation. 

Review by Mhairi Greer

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is at the Edinburgh Playhouse until 17th November. For tickets and more information visit www.atgtickets.com/Edinburgh

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