Bringing more than just a splash of colour to Birmingham, Joseph bursts onto the Hippodrome stage until 13 July.
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical theatre phenomenon is by no means a stranger to a UK audience, previously touring to great success in Birmingham and now opening a new production on the West End. This UK tour produced by Bill Kenwright ticks all the boxes. It’s simply a musical theatre spectacle, from its dynamic staging (Sean Cavanagh) to its bright, bold and beautiful lighting (Nick Richings), Joseph is brought to re-invigorated life.
Jaymi Hensley takes on the iconic title role. Finding fame in X Factorgroup Union J, Hensley is certainly destined for musical theatre. With an encapsulating performance and gorgeous vocals, he made for a brilliant Joseph.
Supported by a spectacular cast of brothers (Andrew Geater, Alex Hetherington, Arthur Boan, Ed Tunningley, Lewis Asquith, George Beet, Mikey Jay-Heath, Matt Jolly, Corey Mitchell, Joshua Robinson, Callum Connolly) these eleven talented actors not only showcased delightful harmonies, they executed the mesmerising choreography from HenryMetcalfe and Gary Lloydto drilled perfection, packed with energy. There were also some superb performances from Henry Metcalfe (Pothiphar / Jacob) and the aforementionedAndrew Geater, who also took on the role of Pharaoh. Plus the female ensemble of Anna Campkin, Amber Kennedy and Gemma Pipe multiroled wonderfully throughout the show.
Transitioning through a range of music styles, from calypso to French ballads and Elvis inspired rock ‘n’ roll to western music, it cements Joseph’s beauty as a musical. With the band on top form, the iconic songs were performed excellently, with special mention to the talented children’s choir and, of course, Trina Hillas the Narrator, who blew off the roof with her phenomenal vocals.
Colourful and camp, this superlative production left the audience on its feet.
Catch it at the Hippodrome until 13 July.
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