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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Published by: Steve Burbridge on 19th Sep 2012 | View all blogs by Steve Burbridge

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Darlington Civic Theatre

Having to write a review of a show that you have already reviewed on two previous occasions can be something of a daunting task. Will you find something new to say about the performance? Will you merely repeat and rehash what you have already written?

Thankfully, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat presents no such problems! Like your favourite perennial garden plant, it is a show which seems to come round every year. And, every year it looks stronger and seems to bloom and flourish with more vibrancy than ever before.

Former Any Dream Will Do contestant Keith Jack is still occupying the title role. Despite having settled into it very well, his performance shows no signs of complacency at all. At the risk of repetition, “his portrayal of Joseph struck exactly the right balance of vulnerability and heroism and he made the part entirely his own. From his first appearance, right through to curtain call, Keith captivated the audience with his stage presence and vocal talents. He handled all his musical numbers with aplomb and hit each note with precision and perfection. Keith suited the role visually, too.”

To add to my previous comments, though, Keith’s time in the role has strengthened his own confidence, which tangibly comes across to the audience in his consummate performance, and makes him a quintessential Joseph, in my opinion.

As with all long-running touring productions, there have been a number of cast changes since the show was last in Darlington, in 2010.

Recently-graduated Lauren Ingram makes a fantastic impression in the role of Narrator and shows great promise for the years ahead, whilst Luke Jasztal relishes his role as the pelvis-thrusting Elvis-style Pharaoh.

The actors playing Joseph’s brothers all performed with boundless energy and enthusiasm, and there were some quirky interpretations of some of the songs. One More Angel In Heaven was performed in a country and western style, complete with Stetsons; Those Canaan Days was given a Parisian flavour and there was even a Caribbean Calypso number thrown in to extol the virtues of Benjamin, the youngest brother. I am still not certain why the style and setting of these musical numbers was shifted away from Ancient Egypt but, you know what, it didn’t really matter anyway!

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a show that has its tongue very firmly placed in its cheek for the most part and in no way takes itself too seriously. However, there is a moral of forgiveness and reconciliation at the heart of the story as well as all the fun and froth. It’s still a biblical box-office hit and a guaranteed theatre-filler!

Steve Burbridge.

Runs until Saturday 22 September 2012.





  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 5 years ago
    Thanks Steve. This show is one of my favourites ... it's great to see that it isn't showing its age, yet!!
  • Steve Burbridge
    by Steve Burbridge 5 years ago
    Thanks Cammy!
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