Last night we attended Wales Millennium Centre to see Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This musical has been on our ‘to see’ list for a very long time, as a kid my Mother and I would watch (and re-watch!) the film version with Donny Osmond, so I was rather excited to see it performed live in front of my eyes.
After winning X-Factor in 2009, Joe McElderry has gone from strength to strength, from Popstar to Operastar, to recording albums and raising money for charity, he doesn’t seem to stop! He is now part of part of Bill Kenwright’s production, fully embracing the role of young Joseph. I thought he was hilarious, he has completely taken to the role of Joseph and the humour and quirkiness he adds to the role is fantastic!
The story follows young Joseph, sold as a slave by his brothers because of their relentless jealousy of Joseph’s relationship with their father, Jacob. We see Joseph stumble across many ups and downs, eventually ending up imprisoned by Potiphar. After this he is given a life line to an amazing future by the Pharaoh, and soon he is faced with his starving brothers where he must make a decision whether to help them or let them suffer.
Lucy Kay stars as the narrator, a pretty huge role, telling the complete story form start to finish and interacting with various characters throughout the show. I thought she manoeuvred around the set perfectly, her voice soft and high, and at times very moving.
We’re currently looking at Ancient Egypt as part of our home education, so we were immediately drawn to the stage, set and costume. It was fab to hear George recognise the Egyptian God Anubis, and the visual elements of the Egyptian set really stood out for all of us. Molly loved the talking Pharaoh set, as well as the funny talking camels, and she adored the Mrs Potiphar (Sallie-Beth Lawless) scene! It was incredibly funny and between Joseph and Mrs Potiphar we were all in stitches!
I thought the use of the children’s choir was outstanding. Their harmonies and backing vocals melted my heart, and it was another area for George and Molly to relate to. They totally melted our hearts and the performance had that little extra spark because of them.
The songs are really addictive and only after seeing it live on stage could I see a few links to Phantom of the Opera (one of my favourite shows!), from some of the musical elements to the mask worn by Joseph in the final few scenes.
For me personally, I loved Matthew McCabe who performed the role of Levi. Firstly, he was hilarious and secondly, I thought his voice was fantastic. His performance of One More Angel in Heaven was absolutely brilliant, and I’d love to see him in a lead role. He had such stage presence and this song was definitely my favourite from the show last night.
It was so lovely to be able to see the performance as a family, to be able to talk to George and Molly about the show, and to see their excitement at particular points and cheer along with them!
The songs are addictive, the cast is fantastic and the set and costumes blew my mind. I really cannot recommend this enough for a family evening out, you could grab a bite to eat in the Bay and wander over to the magnificent Wales Millennium Centre to finish your evening off watching this mesmerising performance. You’ll be dancing in your seat all the way through!