Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
THE audience simply could not get enough of Keith Jack and the cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hugely popular musical brought the West End to Coventry.
It feels unbelievable now that the 23-year-old had originally lost out in the search for Joseph, the favoured son, sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, in the BBC’s Any Dream Will Do.
As when Jack strolled into the Belgrade theatre, looking older and far more comfortable in his skin than during the TV talent series, it was a role he seemed born to play.
The young Scot was backed by a great cast with Jennifer Potts as the angelically voiced Narrator, guiding the audience through Joseph’s struggles until he eventually is appointed governor of Egypt, second-only to the pharaoh.
Joseph has everything a great musical should; a heartwrenching tale and brave hero, astounding sets and costumes, with cheerleading Egyptians, an Elvis-styled gyrating Pharaoh and of course, the technicolor dreamcoat itself.
It is also packed to the rafters with hit after hit, with children from Solihull Stagecoach choir adding their voices to some of the big numbers.
A standing ovation and unending applause as countless reprisals of King of My Heart, Close Every Door and the inevitable Any Dream Will Do, went to prove that Joseph was every inch as amazing as his technicolor dreamcoat.
Hannah Jennings Parry