Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat: Review

By Laurie Scarborough

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and opened in Johannesburg in April and moved up to Cape Town last month to Theatre on the Bay.

The show is a modern take on the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, with modern costumes and a cast that screams current. Starring Bianca Le Grange as The Narrator, Earl Gregory as Joseph and Jonathan Roxmouth as Pharoah, the cast is star-studded.

Not only that but the gang of Jacob’s sons were also fantastic, featuring our own Calvyn Grandling as Levi (recently seen as Simba in The Lion King on the West End), who sings the Jamaican-inspired number “Benjamin Calypso”, as well as Sven-Eric Müller (who you’ll recognise from recent productions of West Side Story and Cabaret), who dances an athletic tango duet during the beautifully harmonic “Those Canaan Days”.

The real show stealer however, was Jonathan Roxmouth as the Elvis of Egypt, Pharoah. He bathed in the audience’s attention and his gum-chewing, blue-and-gold-sequined magnificence really brought a humour to the show that adults and children could enjoy together.

The show is really perfect for kids. With the colourful production design, sparkling costumes, and even strobe lights to frame the stage, it’s a spectacle of note, fit to capture the attention of any child. The show is completely sung-through so there’s no dialogue to slow down the pace of the show and the show is the perfect length for little ones. The songs are also so diverse, with rock, a French ballad, calypso, jazz, Western and pop, that the show keeps it fresh through-out.

To book your tickets for this colourful show, click here.


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