Review: Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ WMC
Tuesday night and the Wales Millennium Centre was set for the late night showing of Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, originally written by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber the show has been seen in many different venues all over the world, with different casts and shown in different ways.
Originally performed in 1968 at Colet Court Cantata, you can see how old the show is and how loved it must be to, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat tells the story of the “coat of many colours” and Joseph from the Bible's book of Genesis - some people could say it is religious but I say it's just a great musical for all the family to enjoy.
This version was a more modern take on the story to a point - all the songs were the same from Any Dream Will Do to The Pharaoh's Dream but the lyrics have been slightly updated to meet the modern world. The show started promptly at 7:30pm but for the first 10 minutes all we saw was the backdrop with coloured light being played over it and the music of the songs being played, which I am guessing is while they set up the stage.
The show started with the narrator played by Jennifer Potts walking across the stage with two children; they were wrapped up in bed robes as she spoke of dreams before breaking out into the song most well-known from the show, Any Dream Will Do. The show started quite fast with songs and telling the story but soon slowed down when we got to the part where Joseph, played by none other than Ian “H” Watkins from the pop band Steps, was sold by his brothers into slavery.
I have seen the show three times over my life, mostly when I was a child so some things I couldn’t remember but I felt as though the narrator took attention away from the show. I did find the choir of children an interesting change for the show but was not too sure about them being on set all the time - again it drew attention from the show. The music was just as amazing as I remembered from my childhood, I can honestly say that even though I was not too sure about the modernisation on the language, I think it worked really well and maybe I just don't like change. I remembered that the Pharaoh was presented as “the king” or Elvis Presley but I think maybe it was a little bit overkill in the same way as the golden chariot being a motorbike, but all-in-all I really enjoyed the show and loved how the coat of many colours came out at the end - it was just as I remembered and the colours were even brighter.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good musical or night out with the family as this was very child friendly with some comedy that the older generation could appreciate too.
Photo Credit: www.josephthemusical.com