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Joseph by Birmingham Hippodrome.
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by Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
Joseph and the Amazing
at Birmingham Hippodrome
Directed by Bill Kenwright, Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lyrics by Tim Rice
The 2019 UK Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat swoops into Birmingham Hippodrome until Saturday 13th July, starring the fantastic Jaymi Hensley as Joseph.
Narrator (Trina Hill) introduces two children (and the audience) to the world of dreamer Joseph (Jaymi Hensley) his eleven brothers and their father Jacob (Henry Metcalfe).
Joseph’s brothers sell Joseph, their father Jacob’s favourite son, and most of the brothers pretend Joseph has been killed – they mark his multicoloured coat (the Dreamcoat) with animal blood. Joseph finds himself in prison until he meets the Pharaoh (Andrew Geater) who realises Joseph can interpret people’s dreams as prophecy. He returns to the brother’s land as famine has arrived…
Jaymi Hensley delivers a definitive Joseph as he follows in the footsteps of Jason Donovan, Phillip Schofield and Darren Day (Fact Fans: Darren worked with Jaymi at Birmingham Hippodrome’s BrumPanto last Christmas when Jaymi was Peter Pan). Jaymi’s vocals and stage presence make this singer-turned-actor into one to watch in the future.
This is a fun filled production featuring inflatable sheep, a talking camel, an Elvis impersonating Pharaoh, the Eiffel Tower, plus homages to Sister Act, Phantom of the Opera and Chicago.
Yes, this is the updated version of the musical, and whilst the staging remains straightforward with two static staircases to each side and a moving staircase in the centre, our narrator tells us about the world of Joseph with easy to understand visuals – like the Pharaoh as a superstar to his people and Joseph’s brothers behaving like cowboys of the frontier.
At two hours and ten minutes including interval, this is one of the shortest musicals with a traditional overture which slightly confused the Birmingham audience on arrival. The second half features a reprise from a children’s choir and ends with a megamix!
There is very little dialogue in the story, so paying attention to the lyrics is a must. Content wise it’s really not suitable for primary school kids unless you are fully prepared to explain what you see.
I first saw Joseph at the Hippodrome in the late 1980’s and it was a joy to see this version yesterday.
Book tickets to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat which is at Birmingham Hippodrome until 13th July here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/joseph-and-the-amazing-technicolour-dreamcoat
Tour Dates continue at:
New Theatre, Oxford 16th to 20th July: Book tickets with BrumHour’s affiliate link >> HERE <<.
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When not writing about theatre for BrumHour, or producing Interval Theatre for Brum Radio (Tuesdays 3pm) brumradio.com/intervaltheatre,
Dave Massey can be found eating crisps and claiming to be at the gym. And tweeting about Birmingham for #BrumHour.