Narrator brilliant in new production of Joseph at Liverpool Empire

Narrator brilliant in new production of Joseph at Liverpool Empire

by Henry James (June 2022)

THE narrator is the key role in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Linzi Hateley is brilliant in the part.

The family-friendly show by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice can be seen at The Liverpool Empire until this Saturday (June 11).

Hateley is in almost all the scenes and she has plenty of energy and keeps the action rolling at some pace. She can certainly sing and she injects plenty of humour into the part. She even plays the jailer with a Scouse accent - to the amusement of the audience.

Jac Yarrow as Joseph is also impressive. His renditions of Close Every Door and Any Dream Will Do definitely do justice to these famous tunes.

The producers of the show have pulled out all the stops for Pharaoh’s scenes. Jason Donovan, who has also played Joseph in this musical, has plenty of experience of portraying the Pharaoh and he is popular with the audience. Pharaoh in this show is more like Elvis than an accurate representation of an Egyptian ruler.

The youngsters in the ensemble are worth a mention. Some of them played the key parts, I particularly liked the rendition of Potiphar.

This production was first presented at The London Palladium in 2019. However, the show is now more than 50 years old, but it has not dated and the new production feels faster, and more colourful than it did before.

This musical was the first time musician Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice worked together and they produced some very catchy music with some amusing lyrics. There is a variety of musical genres here from calypso to rock and roll. What a shame it was when they stopped working together in the 1980s.

Joseph has lost none of its magic and is a classic Lloyd Webber show. Go, Go, Go Joseph! 9/10

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