The West End show ‘Joseph’ is currently playing at the Millennium Forum. Catherine Doran was there on opening night.
Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat has to be one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most loved productions.
It has toured extensively over the years and the story is well known.
However, that’s not to say that this week’s run isn’t worth a visit. Far from it.
In the key role of Joseph is Keith Jack, he who came second on the BBC’s televised search for a new Joseph in 2007.
But it’s clear that the second place hasn’t hampered the Scot from making a name for himself in musical theatre.
In fact, he played the narrator in previous touring productions of Joseph. And now, finally playing the role he competed for, he is determined to make it his own.
The show has also taken on a more comedic feel, and the entire cast were brilliant at conveying the humour amidst the hurt. Sometimes the props didn’t work but the audience didn’t seem to mind.
But making their mark were most definitely the rest of Jacob’s sons. This ensemble of 11 brothers attacked their roles with gusto, with high energy performances and slick chereography making them a clear highlight.
Also worth a mention is the narrator, Jennifer Potts, whose voice was flawless throughout. And of course, the local children from Foyle School of Speech and Drama who did the city proud with their excellent performances.
And the standing ovation at the end of the show really told the tale. Definitely worth a watch, and with tickets still left for the final five shows, there’s no excuse for not going.
Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat continues at the Millennium Forum today (Friday) at 5pm and 8pm, and tomorrow (Saturday) for three shows at 2pm, 5pm and 8pm. For tickets and further information call the Box Office on 028 7126 4455.