Close your eyes ... draw back that curtain. And you’ll see for certain a great night’s entertainment as the West End production of Joseph comes to West Norfolk.
This Andrew Lloyd-Webber/Tim Rice musical penned in the late 60s has been given a fresh lease of life by producer-director Bill Kenwright.
Past X-Factor winner Joe McElderry is a shining star in the title role of the biblical boy who falls on hard times due to his jealous brothers but returns in triumph due to his talent for discerning the meanings of dreams.
Lucy Kay is first-rate as the narrator and Emilianos Stamatakis plays the star-turn of the Elvis-like Pharoah, troubled by dreams of seven fatted calves.
All the cast are great but truly superb throughout the production are the children from West Norfolk who auditioned to be in the choir. Note perfect – take a bow!
A packed opening night audience yesterday absolutely loved this show and so did I. Pacy, well-paced and stripped down to cardboard cut-out camels to keep a fun feel, this really presented the songs centre stage. We all know that Lloyd Webber can right killer tunes, but what was heard to good effect here was Rice’s witty words, truly in the vein of WS Gilbert. “All these things you saw in your pyjamas, Are a long-range forecast for your farmers,” sings Joseph to the Pharoah.
By the end of the night everyone was up dancing in the aisles as the songs were reprised.
A great night’s entertainment. If you can get a ticket, do it!