CHURCH congregations are sadly declining. So why is it that a musical telling a Bible story still packs theatres, as it has for more than a quarter of a century?
I can’t provide the answer. What I can say is that Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim’s Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is yet again filling anchester Palace Theatre.
It’s exciting, uplifting and first class family entertainment which, like old wine, improves with age.
And surely the secret of its success is that it’s good clean entertainment with the ultimate feel-good factor.
This Bill Kenwright production has altered little over the years, but extra features have been allowed to creep in and all add to the fun and are truly very amusing.
Well who would have thought a look-alike and sing-alike Elvis and some French gourmets would sneak in to add dashes of dare-to-be-different aspects?
The show is a wholly team effort, and its principals are never less than superb.
As Joseph, Lloyd Daniels, best known for his success in the sixth series of TV’s X-Factor (2009). Since then he’s concentrated on a vocal career.
In fact, this is Lloyd’s stage debut and what a truly inspiring performance. His voice has a wonderful rare richness and his acting is comfortable and appealing.
As the Narrator, lovely Danielle Hope won the TV talent show “Search for Dorothy” (Wizard of Oz) and with her sparkling personality and great voice, she linked the show together with consummate ease.
This “Joseph” is a dazzling paint box of colour, and the team of brothers – each in a different hue – played their parts with energy and verve.
The climax of the homely musical is breath-taking as Joseph’s coat of many colours bellows out to take up most of the stage.
“Joseph” has stood the test of time and still has the warm ability to enthral and entertain.
Showing at The Palace Theatre, Manchester, until Saturday.