By Amanda Ward
Guest writer for What’s On Hub
One of the West End’s biggest ever musicals arrived in Hull last night and I was fortunate enough to get to the opening night. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is now showing at Hull New Theatre and stars X-Factor 2009 winner, Joe McElderry.
It’s the retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours. This magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door.
Here’s why you need to get to Hull New Theatre this week to see it while it’s in town…
It’s a classic that never gets old
Originally written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber as a piece for schools, this has transitioned to the stage brilliantly. The set for the production was not simple but not over elaborate with scenery dropping in and out as we journeyed from Canaan to Egypt. The staging and lighting was as colourful as Joseph’s coat.
Joseph was played by X-Factor winner Joe McElderry and he made a brilliant Joseph. His singing was emotional and his acting just right. The musical arrangement was superb. All cast members and the children from Stagecoach school in Beverley exuded joy, jealousy and pain in beautiful singing and acting. Trina Hill as the Narrator blended in when necessary and sparkled when she had to throughout. The choreography for this production was slick and humorous, and certainly kept the cast on their toes. Ben James -Ellis as the Pharoah was very much ‘The King’ in his ‘Elvis’ jumpsuit and excellent portrayal.
A Feel-Good Musical for a Feel-Good Price
If you are looking for a feel good show to watch, then this production of ‘Joseph’ is one that you should not miss. Visiting Hull as part of its tour, this show had the audience dancing and clapping in the aisles. This production has something for all members of the family, catchy songs, slick dancing, humour, a rainbow of emotions.
For all this, tickets start at just £18.50! There are only a handful of these seats left, after that though, it’s still only £25 (easily twice the price in the West End!).
It runs at Hull New Theatre this week until Saturday so be quick! It’s well worth a visit, you will not be disappointed. You can book over the phone by calling 01482 300 306, online at hulltheatres.co.uk or in person at the Hull New Theatre or Hull City Hall box offices.