One of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s first musicals explodes onto the Belgrade stage in a riot of colour as part of a national tour.
The story is an inspirational tale narrated by Amelia Lily of X Factor fame, with the opening scene transforming before our eyes into an almost comic book vision of biblical times with bright colours, pop up sheep and singing camels. We meet Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat that causes the trouble. The brothers plot Joseph’s downfall, little realising that this is actually part of a higher plan that will save them all. We follow Joseph on his journey from slave to hero.
There are few musicals that can boast as many musical styles as Joseph, it moves from country and western, to Rock & Roll, calypso and a French lament. Each change of style is beautifully complemented by lightning quick costume changes, subtle set decoration and themed choreography.
Most of the cast double up on their roles, the brothers also play all of the other male 'chorus' roles, such as guards. These guys (and the three girls) are stunning throughout, nailing every dance move with boundless energy.
Another X Factor Alumni, Lloyd Daniels plays Joseph from slightly annoying younger brother to commanding pharaohs assistant. His rendition of Close Every Door was one of the most powerful I have heard.
Pulling it all together is Amelia Lily with a compelling stage presence and voice to match. Matt Lapinskas is the Elvis look-a-like Pharaoh who rocks the room with flair. Joining the touring cast are children from Stagecoach Coventry, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield, their professionalism is to be commended.
This high energy production is a wonderfully colourful, toe-tapping evening of entertainment, suitable for the whole family.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat runs at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry until 25 April. For more information and to book tickets visit belgrade.co.uk or call Belgrade's box office on 024 7655 3055.
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