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Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Venue: His Majesty's
Where: Aberdeen

The story of Joseph is well known and, as my friend commented: even if you've never seen it before (as she had not) it is impossible to have escaped the songs. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice have brought the bible story to life with some modern day twists, including an appearance by Elvis Presley. The addition of Craig Chalmers from the popular TV series Any Dream Will Do makes this very much a show 'for the people' and certainly ensures a varied audience.

Having seen this production the last time it was in Aberdeen I was excited to see how this performance varied. It is incredibly similar, although some of the actors have changed. There also seems to be more of a pantomime feel to the production. A few technical hitches add to this unfortunately, a couple of minor microphone issues and some inflatable sheep lacking inflation - so seeming dead. Although these do not "spoil the show" they are surprising in a production that has been touring for 3 years, although it could just be that the set and staging are a little tired and overused of course.

Craig Chalmers has developed as a performer and seems more comfortable on stage; although his strength is still in the singing rather than the acting. He has fantastic chemistry with the Father Henry Metcalfe and the narrator Trina Hall – both of whom are excellent in their roles.

The band of brothers who betray Joseph and later have to beg him for assistance are very varied in appearance and characters, as brothers from various mothers should be! The factor that holds them together is that they all have good stage presence and bring something unique to the production that comes together wonderfully. The children’s choir are also a delight, so well practised and in tune.

The show is well worth seeing, both for fans of the story and songs, and for newcomers experiencing it for the first time.

- Maria Robertson


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