Go, go, go Joe!

I read a review of the new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat that’s running at the London Palladium. The reviewer classed it with The Bridge Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and said they were both delightful must-sees. Having seen Midsummer the week before and unable to agree more, I bought a ticket for Joseph and hoped for the best.

I was not disappointed! It was my first time seeing it performed, but I had all the lyrics memorised from the Donny Osmond cast recording from the early 1990s, so I knew roughly what to expect. And I loved it. Sheridan Smith as the narrator brought impish energy to the storytelling and played many of the secondary roles that I think were played by others in previous productions (Jacob, Potiphar’s wife, etc.). Pharaoh was played by Jason Donovan who based on the level of applause is a big deal and played Joseph around the same time Donny did (having since done the requisite Googling and listened to his recording I can say I’m still partial to Donny, though the 23-yr-old Donovan did wear a loin cloth mighty well). And the Joseph in this cast was Jac Yarrow, a 21-yr-old newcomer, fresh from drama school, who was making his professional debut. He was completely adorable and terrific in the part.

I don’t think they did anything revolutionary with this production. Mostly they just got so much of it exactly right–it’s what the show needed to be: simple storytelling, not at all serious, and full of all those addictive Andrew Lloyd Weber / Tim Rice songs. I basically just sat and grinned the entire time.

One comment

  1. Cindy Davis · · Reply

    So glad it was good! I’ve never seen the production, even when it was Donny Osmond.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Seth's Blog

Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

Owning My OCD 2.0

Making sense of my world

Master Class

Travel, Teaching, and the Arts

%d bloggers like this: