Review: Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
Youngsters queue at the Kings to audition for a previous production, Cinderella

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There should be a health warning sign in the foyer of the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, this week.

No, not pointing out the strobe lighting effects, but rather that Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is guaranteed to have you leaving the theatre with those catchy tunes and oh-so-clever lyrics, buzzing around in your head.

Bill Kenwright (he of Blood Brothers fame), knows how to put on a rollicking good show. Originally written for schools way back in 1968 by an almost pre-pubescent Andrew Lloyd Webber and the slightly more mature Tim Rice, there is still something of the school production about it.

But with its amazing lighting techniques, fabulous costumes and very competent band of musicians, this touring production soon dispels any thoughts of tea towels on heads and papier mache sphinxes.

The eponymous lead is played by Keith Jack, runner-up in the BBC’s Any Dream Will Do search for a star. Whilst likeable and certainly possessing a great pair of lungs (not to mention a finely honed six pack), he is boyishly appealing rather than charismatic.

Lauren Ingram and just-this-side-of-sexy-for-a-family-show Pharaoh, Luke Jasztal, gave the audience just what they wanted – a bushel full of uplifting, feel-good Easter holiday fun.