Musical theatre is not everyone’s cup of tea. Some people like the intimate moments of drama, whilst others love the total sit-back-in-your-chair-and-laugh moments of a comedy.
But in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, currently showing at the Theatre on the Bay in Camps Bay, there’s something for everyone. This Biblical story takes you through an emotional journey, but at the end of it, you walk out of the theatre feeling optimistic about life – it’s that good!
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical has been polished and perfected by director Paul Warwick Griffin, musical supervisor Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and musical director Louis Zurnamer. They’ve managed to make the best of the small theatre space and have put a great emphasis on the energy and vibrancy of the performance.
Earl Gregory stars as character of Joseph with the perfect balance of sensitivity and energy, and his voice is crystal clear. South African singer and presenter Nádine takes on the role of the narrator and her powerful voice is enough to be a sole attraction. I had goosebumps just listening to her, and her incredible talent makes everything she does look effortless. Among the supporting cast, Jarryd Nurden deserves a mention for his superb acting, dancing and singing skills – a trio that’s quite rare.
Anton Luitingh as the Elvis of Egypt, Pharaoh, is a real crowd-pleaser. He had people on their feet and in stitches with gum-chewing and Elvis mannerisms. He brought humour and pure entertainment that was a favourite – especially with the children.
I hate using the clichéd words “sparkling” and “dazzling”, but Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat truly sparkles, dazzles, charms and throws the glitter in your face. Not in the child-like, fluffy way, but in the world-class, Broadway musical way.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat runs at Theatre on the Bay until 8 April 2017.