Is it possible to be objective about this show in the face of the obvious audience delight at the end of the opening night?
Yes – the cast performed it well; yes – any show that gets children and young adults into a theatre is A Very Good Thing; yes – it looks a million dollars – but the direction is now tired and needs refreshing. I accept that people coming to it for the first time won’t know this, but having seen the show half a dozen times, it’s wearing a little thin, now.
The talent on stage zings. Jennifer Potts as the narrator sings bell-clear, with no dodgy transition from chest to head-voice. At times she was a little quiet, but these days that’s more the fault of the sound engineer than the performer. As Joseph, Rob Wilshaw is personable and sings nicely.
There are some stand-outs in the ensemble; Andrew Bateup is a towering presence; Richard J Hunt’s vibrant tenor shines, Sackie Osakonor’s tones are rich and mellow and Meg Astin is a revelation. Until Saturday.