...And that was just the lighting, the costumes and the stage set. Oh, and of course not forgetting Joseph’s Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
His Majesty’s Theatre this week has become a rainbow of a stage, like an organised explosion in a paint department, a splash of every colour imaginable and a room full of enthused and exhilarated people, both on stage and off, as Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat visits the Granite City this week.
At the opening night on Tuesday the cast received a remarkable standing ovation with the audience up clapping, singing and dancing along at the end - though I am sure many had been wanting to join in all the way through.
Keith Jack took the lead role of Joseph and his powerful voice and boyish good looks had the audience hooked. You may remember a number of years ago Keith entered the BBC Joseph competition “Any Dream Will Do” and became runner up to Lee Mead, but the performance he gave on Tuesday was most definitely a winning one.
The musical is based on the biblical story of Joseph, found in the book of Genesis. Joseph is one of 12 sons fathered by Jacob and very much, the favourite son - much to his brothers’ irritation! Jacob gifts Joseph with his “Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” which, when he “graced the scene” made his brothers turn “a shade of green”. The brothers then concoct a plan to slyly “dispose” of Joseph and they sneakily sell him as a slave - telling their heartbroken father that Joseph had been killed and that there was “one more angel in heaven, one more star in the sky”!
The Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice production is led by narrator Lauren Ingram, who put in a remarkable performance, despite her credits in the programme giving the indication that she was relatively inexperienced. Her stunning voice was often backed up by the adorable choir of children from Stagecoach Aberdeen South and Aberdeen West, run by Elaine Renwick.
Before the performance began, the elderly couple in the row in front of me were proudly telling the people they were sitting next to that their granddaughter was in the choir, and I can imagine, by the enthusiasm and pride of many of the audience, this was the case for a number of them (though I am sure the professionals had something to do with that too!).
It was fantastic including local children to be a part of the show and the songs throughout the musical theatre production are catchy, colourful, captivating and creative.
And then Elvis arrived, as he does. Luke Jasztal dominated the stage as Pharaoh, a superb Elvis impersonator and put a funky, modernised twist on the story.
It’s a family friendly, toe-tapping, sing-along production with a happy, uplifting ending and a finale that puts many other musicals to shame. And it’s at HMT all weekend, in perfect time for an Easter family treat and suitable for all ages. It’s only here until Sunday, March 30, so go, go, go and grab your tickets, by calling the APA Box Office on (01224) 641122.