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REVIEW: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
3:04pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Entertainments
JOSEPHS around the world may have been pulling on their loincloths and belting out Close Every Door for more than 40 years but the appetite for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s colourful hit musical doesn’t appear to be waning.
The latest version, currently playing at Bournemouth’s Pavilion Theatre, may not be the biggest budget production of Joseph ever to hit the stage but it is an exuberant show that got the audience clapping along and swaying in their seats.
With inflating sheep, a singing wooden goat and liberal amounts of dry ice, there is a surreal charm to this production, which doesn’t take itself too seriously and benefits as a result.
Ian ‘H from Steps’ Watkins plays the title role, and his performance suggests he’s had a few seasons in pantomime since his days of singing Tragedy and 5,6,7,8.
He also has a rather distracting grimace, but behind the bared teeth is a good singing voice and his renditions of Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door deserve particular praise.
Children from Stagecoach theatre school in Salisbury made up the Joseph Choir and they were excellent, with lovely voices and impressive discipline on stage.
The supporting cast quickly transformed from Joseph’s embittered brothers into singing camels, cheerleaders, cowboys and Egyptians in this rags to riches tale that sees our hero sold as a slave and imprisoned before saving Egypt from famine thanks to his ability to interpret the Elvis-inspired Pharaoh’s dreams.
Lloyd Webber’s catchy score with its French, Calypso and hoedown numbers complementing the soaring ballads and musical numbers that just won’t leave your brain, is still as crowdpleasing as ever.
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