Review: Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Image: Christiaan Kotze

Even if you’re not a die-hard fan of musicals, you might still be familiar with the international renown of the writers. The lyrics were born from the mind of Tim Rice, who brought us iconic musicals including Evita, The Wizard of Oz and The Lion King, and the music was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the father of mainstream musicals The Phantom of the Opera and Cats. Take this musical duo combined with the Biblical story of dream interpreter Joseph and you get a technicolour song and dance extravaganza which has been performed in schools, on Broadway, in theatres and churches for over 40 years with no signs of losing its relevance.

Returning to Theatre on the Bay with the same creative team as in 2004, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is larger than life, neon bright and full of classic numbers such as ‘Any Dream Will Do’. It balances throughout on that oddly gleeful line between biblical and camp (while being nothing like bible camp) with its 23 strong cast of singers and dancers. Over and above the fun songs, which range from typical Broadway musical numbers to Elvis Presleyesque rock ‘n’ roll numbers (sung by the coolest Pharaoh south of the Nile, Jonathan Roxmouth) to some reggae vibes. The show is beautifully random in storyline and songs, with powerful visuals. Also, no one was complaining about the 11 brothers and the gorgeous Joseph (Earl Gregory with his million dollar smile), dancing around in silver hotpants after ruining the technicolour dreamcoat in a fit of jealous revenge. They made it so easy to just sit back and enjoy the show.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a must-see musical, and the production running at Pieter Toerien’s Theatre on the Bay does it good justice (with a sprinkle of South African inside-jokes for some added winks). It might have you snapping your fingers and singing “Go go go Joseph!” for longer that you’d like.

Marilu Snyders

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat takes place at Theatre on the Bay until 5 November 2016

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