Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is arguably Andrew Lloyd Webber’s brightest and most enjoyable show.
And the latest touring version, starring Keith Jack, who was runner-up behind Lee Mead in the BBC show Any Dream Will do, does it’s best to keep up that argument.
You all know the story (and if you don’t, you should) - Joseph is his father Jacob’s favourite of 11 sons.
The numerous other sons are jealous, sell him as a slave in Egypt but tell Jacob Joseph is dead.
Joseph works for Potiphar, but is soon jailed.
But he gets released when he correctly interprets The Pharaoh’s dream about seven fat cows coming out the Nile.
The stage show tells the whole story through song, but through many different styles of music.
It goes through pop (Any Dream Will Do), rock and roll (the Song of the King - sung by Luke Jasztal’s Pharaoh - is one of the standout moments), country and western (One More Angel in Heaven), ballad (Close Every Door), carnival, gospel as well as many more. But it somehow works and it is all the more enjoyable for all the different styles.
And the costumes and choreography are incredible. The ensemble has so many costume changes it’s ridiculous. They range from French stereotype (onions and all) and American footballers to cowboys and cheerleaders.
The narrator (brilliantly played by Lauren Ingram) holds the show together but it is Joseph and The Pharaoh who get the big moments.
Lee Mead was the right winner of Any Dream Will Do - but Keith Jack has improved so much since the show and is well worthy his place as Joseph on the stage.
It’s easy to see why this is one the Hawth’s bestsellers this year - and I can see why people would keep going back to see it. I still have ‘Go, go, go Joseph’ going around my head now!