I was kindly gifted two tickets to this show in exchange for my honest review.
Tuesday nights are boring right? A cup of tea, an episode of your favourite TV show and an early night. That’s how most of my Tuesdays look these days. However, that certainly wasn’t true for me tonight.
I had been lucky enough to be invited along to Darlington Hippodrome to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This was a fast paced and energetic production that had me dancing in my seat (even on a school night). It’s hard not to be swept up in the enthusiasm of the cast as they tell a biblical story with a modern twist. It’s funny, punchy and down right catchy.
This is, in part, due to the phenomenal talent on stage. I was blown away by the chorus of brothers and chuckling to myself whenever they performed together. The narrator, expertly portrayed by Trina Hill , brilliantly guided us through the wonderful insanity with a knowing smile. Add to that a truly astounding performance by Jaymi Hensley as Joseph and you have a winning combination. His performance of Close Every Door was sheer perfection and a clear indicator of his incredible artistic talent.
The costumes, staging and sound all at one thing in common: they were brilliantly extravagant. In fact, if I had to some up this entire show in one word, I would choose that one and I mean that with the highest compliments. This production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat aimed for the wow factor and it confidently delivered. There was no part of this show that held back and I was blown away by the energy that blasted from the Hippodrome stage.
Ultimately, this was an upbeat family show that I dare you not to enjoy. I was dancing away and I have a funny feeling I’ll be singing the songs for days to come, admittedly with far less talent than this fantastic cast. It was far from forgettable, with a confidence and commitment to delivering a phenomenon that had me hooked. I bet it will do the same to you too.