Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s cult musical and it has come to Stoke-on-Trent.
The musical, which stars X Factor Finalist Lloyd Daniels as the title role, retells the biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and of course the famous coat of many colours.
With this being Lloyd Daniels’ first ever musical theatre performance, I was pleasantly surprised with his confidence and ability in the role. Joseph is one arguably one of the best known roles in musical theatre and I believe Daniels took to it really well, his acting skill throughout was hard to fault and his energy through all of the dances made the show even more watchable.
Undoubtedly the star of the show, for me, was Danielle Hope (BBC’s Over The Rainbow) who plays the narrator, her voice is absolutely phenomenal and she holds the story together amazingly. Almost immediately after the first note she sang you could see the whole audience looking on in awe.
The cast who played Joseph’s brothers which included Eastenders’ Matt Lapinskas added an extra dimension to the musical that you don’t usually get. They sometimes distracted from the main scene with their reactions but it was hard to not watch! Very funny facial expressions and mannerisms really add to the scenes.
There is also a children’s choir (from the Stagecoach Theatre School, Chester) who are on stage throughout and add some perfect harmonies and their own song at the start of the second act of the show. They’re definitely another major positive of the show.
With catchy songs (which you’ll be humming for days after) and dance numbers you want to get out of your seat and join in with it’s not hard to see why the show has reached cult status and will never fail to draw in audiences young and old.