The musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber was first produced in 1972 and first played on Broadway in 1982; followed by a film in 1999. This past couple of weeks, the people of Leeds have been able to see the modern rendition
Bill Kenwright’s ‘Amazing’, ‘Superb’, ‘Wonderful’ and ‘Brilliant’ production came to Leeds Grand Theatre. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this sparkling family musical is full of unforgettable songs including Go, Go, Go Joseph, Any Dream Will Do, Jacob and Sons, and many more.
This time, taking on the iconic role and donning that amazing coat is Jaymi Hensley, from former X Factor boyband Union J.
What a terrific performance, from the opening rendition of ‘Any Dream Will Do’ to the encore, Jaymi’s voice was far better than anticipated, soft and melodic, perfect for the heartfelt ‘Close Every Door’ but strong and powerful when needed.
The stage was ablaze with colour thanks to the fabulous costumes and impressive sets. The cast kept the story bouncing along with their enthusiasm and energy, uplifting vocals and impressive dance moves.
The show is expertly choreographed and there is plenty of humour, including dysfunctional inflatable sheep, which amused the audience greatly.
The only downfall to this performance was that the choir was majority young girls. With only three boys in the choir, the high pitch tone alongside the powerful vocals of the narrator, meant that there was screeching at points. In all honesty, it’s a shame that more young boys aren’t into the arts.
However, this family-friendly show climaxed with the whole auditorium on their feet, clapping, singing along and calling for more as the whole cast sang a medley of songs from the show, leaving patrons going home with the songs still buzzing in their ears.