(Hey, I wasin the Joseph choir when I was younger okay? I had to learn them all!)
So went to see Joseph on Monday with 'im from da tele.
Was very impressed. Joseph has never been the most serious of muscials and so there was a good atmosphere. We had seats in the centre of the theatre on row N of the stalls that turned out to be excellent. Not so close you can't take everything in but still close enough to pretty much see nasal hair (if they had it). The set was well done with lots of moving and revolving parts. Particularly liked the revolving floor which they used to (amongst other things) bring a singing camel and singing snake on stage. And there's not many other shows that include those.
Elvis!Pharaoh was great. So good in fact they gave him an extra song. Partly, I assume because he was great and funny and could sing, and partly to give the rest of the cast more time to do costume changes. The ensemble were more than up to the task - the brothers almost stole the show. Their songs were funny and well sung. The ladies were all great dancers. Although when I could tell which lift two of them were about to do by the position they got into for it I decided I'd probably been watching Strictly Come Dancing too long.
Lee Mead himself was fabulous and definitely the right choice for the role. He had a great presence on stage, did the comedy well (including a bit of puppet play with a snake when he'd been thrown down the pit) and boy can he sing. Close Every Door To Me brought shivers. What a powerful voice. Oh and he doesn't look too bad in a loincloth either which is handy since he spends about 80% of the show in it.
The finale is suitably frenetic and gave the ensemble a chance to show off their skillz. The kid playing Benjamin was a particularly fabulous dancer. At the end Lee comes out, is attached to a small platform and is raised up to the height of the circle with his coat attached to ribbons that he pulls out the floor. It was a long way up and he was certainly a braver man than I.
They must have done something right because Mum wants to go and see it again and she usually never says that once she's seen something once.
Could have something to do with the loincloth though...