Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat opened to fanfare at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on Tuesday night.
It is hard to believe that this popular family musical has been delighting audiences for 50 years. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was the first of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musicals to be performed publicly.
Seen by an estimated 26 million people, and counting, Joseph continues to enthral audiences around the world.
And it may have graced many a stage in its long run, but a packed out audience at the Grand Theatre were overjoyed to see it return to the venue once again.
Produced by Bill Kenwright, the much-loved musical by Rice and Lloyd Webber, retells the biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and the famous coat of many colours.
The show is packed with unforgettable songs including Any Dream Will Do, Go, Go, Go Joseph, and Close Every Door to Me.
Following in the footsteps of names like Jason Donovan, Phillip Schofield and Donny Osmond, taking on the role of Joseph in the UK tour is Britain’s Got Talent finalist Mark McMullan in his professional debut.
He is just perfect for the role and his versatile ability was showcased in the range of songs. I particularly enjoyed his take on power ballad Close Every Door to Me.
Also making her professional debut on stage was Alexandra Doar in the role of the Narrator. A challenging role, but one she took in her stride for a first professional debut. Her beautiful voice took the audience through the story of Joseph and his 11 brothers.
The 11 brothers were cast perfectly - and a number of them taking on other roles, including the Elvis-impersonating Pharaoh who steals the show with the Song of the Pharaoh.
A big shout out to the adorable Joseph Choir from the Theatre Workshop who made the audience smile every time they appeared.
Within a few hours, we’d travelled from Canaan to Egypt, the desert, to Potifah’s home, on to the cells and ending up in Pharaoh's palace.
While the finale had the audience standing in their seats, clapping along and singing the lyrics back to the cast. And of course, the star of the show, that amazing technicolour dreamcoat, is a sight to be seen.
By the end of the performance, everyone, including myself, left the theatre with a big smile and humming along to those catchy tunes well into the following day.
A must-see musical for all the family and one that will never fail to make you smile.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat runs at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre until Saturday.
For more information, or to buy tickets, visit www.grandtheatre.co.uk.