Jospeh And His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat


Edinburgh Playhouse
Until the 23rd March

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Sir Tim Rice and Sir Andrew Loydd Webber’s first outing together, created in the olden days and a firm favourite of Musical Lovers Worldwide. An all-singing, all-dancing exploration of the Old Testament. Fusing contemporary style’s and religious mysticism with sibling rivalry being rife, all 11 brothers hated Joseph because of his prophetic dreams revealing that one day his brothers would all bow down to him. The final straw was his Dad giving Joseph the only Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat in existence. Exacerbated with fashion envy, Joseph is sold into slavery at an early age by his 11 brothers, preventing him from becoming their father’s favourite. Joseph’s new career as a slave to a Pharaoh in Egypt sees him become The Pharaoh’s fave slave, with his dreams become even more prophetic, ensuring a career as a Psychic in Egypt. Reconciling 20 years later, Joseph forgives his brothers and they all take turns with the coat. And everyone lives happily ever after.

Being a Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Virgin, I wanted the performance to tell the tale. The enthusiastic opening night audience knew every lyric word perfect; indeed, most were on their feet dancing and singing by the end of the performance – and of course, the songs from the production have become famous classics. The Opener, Joseph’s Coat, always makes me cry, & with a supporting choir of children and amazing orchestration, the amazing reproduction of the Playhouse sound system, along with a cast of very enthusiastic dancers this production was a beautiful sensory overload. Fantastically choreographed and given a contemporary take by Gary Lloyd.

The performance didn’t work for me because I didn’t have a clue what was going on. I gave up trying in the end and enjoyed the spectacle of each individual song, it was all song and no dialogue. Had I not have been given a review programme, I wouldn’t have had a clue what I had just seen. The Pharaonic Elvis was just a little too much for my head to take in, but saying that I was probably the only person in the house who didn’t own the soundtrack and had never seen this musical before. On the whole though, both my beautiful companion and myself thoroughly enjoyed tonight’s Mumble outing. I’m not sure if it made for a cohesive whole, but it was very pretty and the songs were lovely.

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The Cast.
Joseph. Jaymi Hensley
Narrator. Trina Hill.
Jacob, Henry Metcalf.
Pharoe. Andrew Geater.
Benjamin. Alex Hetherington.
Mrs Potiphar. Amber Kennedy.
Reuben. Arthur Bone.
Issachar. (The Baker) Ed Tunningley.
Simeon. Lewis Asquith.
Napthali. George Best.
Judah. Mikey Jay-Heath.
Gad. Matt Jolly.
Levi . Corey Mitchel.
Zebulan. Joshua Robinson.
Dan. Callum Connolly.

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