Craig Chalmers may be playing the title role in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat for the last time. Following the Lowry dates in July, fellow Any Dream Will Do finalist Keith Jack dons the coat of many colours for the remainder of the tour.
With the box office still ringing for Oliver! in the West End and the Connie Fisher led hit, The Sound Of Music
on tour, and The Wizard Of Oz opening at the Palladium in 2011,
reality TV casting seems as good for box office as ever before.
Sales of the previous Joseph tour which starred both Craig Chalmers and Keith Jack also outstripped predictions in Manchester, two years ago. Therefore, Bill Kenwright bought the show back again, twice. It now returns for a fourth time next month.
Chalmers returns to the lead role. Craig, chosen from tens of thousands, charmed audiences week after week with his vocal talents and finished in the top five.
First seen in 1968 as a 15-minute ‘pop cantata’ written for a London school’s end of term concert, Joseph has gone on to become one of the world’s most established and successful musicals.
This production has won a spot in The Guinness Book of Records as the longest-running touring stage musical of all time, having toured theatres around for over 20 years.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, is directed by Bill Kenwright with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The show runs at the Lowry from 5 - 10 July.