It might be an oldie but it can certainly doesn’t lose its appeal as crowds at the Theatre Royal packed into their seats and it most defiantly looked like a sell out.
The cast which includes Joe McElderry (Joseph), Lucy Kay (Narrator), Henry Metcalfe (Jacob/Potiphar) and Ben James-Ellis (Pharaoh) all of which put on an outstanding performance with amazing vocals from Joe McElderry and Lucy Kay belting out those high notes which we all enjoyed singing a-long to.
It was lovely to see the children from AGF Performing Arts as The Joseph Choir, each and every sound they took the backing too mostly the female voices from Lucy Kay worked really well together and just made you feel warm inside and couldn’t help but put a smile on your face.
So we all know the story about Joseph, but if you don’t to sum it up it was a sorry about the actions of Joseph’s 11 brothers, which included sealing his colorful coat and ripping it into pieces mixed with the blood of a goat, Joseph then being sold to a merchant then being put into prison, all of which will come together at the end where Joseph has to decide the fate of his own brothers.
At the end of the performance there was a standing ovation with the crowds singing and dancing along to the well known songs from the production, I really enjoyed the whole performance as I’ve seen this a number of times but this was by far the best.
The Joseph live orchestra/band were awesome throughout whilst the stage design and lighting were extremely good, it all just flowed flawlessly, this is a show not to be missed you will be singing and humming the songs for weeks to come.
Joe McElderry did everything you would expect from a true professional, he looked very comfortable in this role and in front of the audience, and at the end was very humble to the crowds and seemed very taken a back by the standing ovation which was nice to see.
Lucy Kay put on a incredible performance from start to finishing, hitting those high notes and holding them with ease.
Ben James-Ellis gave a powerful and fun performance as Pharaoh, which was an Elvis Presley style of the King. The crowd really enjoyed this with random lyrics from Elvis songs creeping in which gave the audience giggles, and speaking of things which gave the audience opportunity to laugh was the sheep! Every time I see Joseph these blow up sheep always bring laughter to crowds.
This show has it all with great songs, good story and also colorful characters and set designs all making for an amazing evening.
Photo Credit : Mark Yeoman