REVIEW: Marina’s magical Joseph musical had it all

Joe McElderry in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Picture: Courtesy of Marina Theatre

Joe McElderry in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Picture: Courtesy of Marina Theatre - Credit: Archant

I had seen this musical once before several years ago, but the latest stage production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Lowestoft's Marina Theatre blew my mind.

Joe McElderry in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Picture: Mark Yeoman.

Joe McElderry in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Picture: Mark Yeoman. - Credit: Archant

Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and his coat of many colours, the musical had a real magical feel to it and was packed full of the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber songs we all know and love.

And for me, the show had it all. The live orchestra, upbeat songs, colourful costumes, creative scenery and of course X Factor star Joe McElderry in the leading role as Joseph.

Joe McElderry in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joe McElderry in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Credit: Archant

I remember him making the TV show's live final back in 2009 and hearing his voice again on stage reminded me exactly why he won and how talented he is.

He wore a cheesy grin for most of the show and executed every song perfectly. My personal favourite was when he performed Close Every Door, alone on stage in the darkness. It was one of those moments which sends shivers down your spine.

Joe McElderry in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Picture: Courtesy of Marina Theatre/M

Joe McElderry in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Picture: Courtesy of Marina Theatre/Mark Yeoman. - Credit: Archant


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Joseph's jealous brothers were equally entertaining, and I very much enjoyed their group dances and some very flamboyant costume changes as they moved from song to song.

Trina Hill was the narrator for the show, and again had the most stunning voice. She was backed by the Joseph choir, a group of youngsters who sat on steps down both sides of the stage for much of the show and provided the most angelic sounds.

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I'm very much a fan of shows that use cast members to perform a variety of roles, and this was done with Ben James-Ellis as Pharaoh and Issachar, Henry Metcalfe as Jacob and Potiphar and a trio of dancing girls who added sparkle to every scene.

The cast and orchestra quite rightly received a standing ovation at the end. I went to bed with the songs in my head, woke up with the songs in my head and will definitely be buying the soundtrack.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the kind of feel-good show that makes you smile from ear to ear and if you have the chance to go, I would definitely recommend it.

Performances continue at the Marina Theatre tonight at 7.30pm, tomorrow, September 29, at 5pm and 8pm and Saturday, September 30, at 2pm, 5pm and 8pm.

To book call 01502 533200 or visit www.marinatheatre.co.uk

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