Last week I went to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre. Was it the magical experience I expected?
For those who don’t know, Joseph is a musical based around the story of Joseph from the Book of Genesis in the Bible. Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice It’s generally quite a magical experience with a lot of colour and flash backs to different era’s including some songs based on Elvis and his persona as well as the 60’s and a flower power. If you’ve not watched the 1999 film version featuring the likes of Donny Osmond, Richard Attenborough and Joan Collins then I would seriously suggest it.
So now we’re all caught up, back to the question at hand. Was seeing it live the magical experience I expected?
The short answer, No. All in all I was extremely disappointed with the quality of… well everything. Our Joseph spent the first 20 minutes wandering the stage in fake Ugg boots, and then when they stripped him off they revealed a body suit painted with fake abs. It all just seemed a bit cheap for a full force production.
I’m not sure how everybody else felt about the show and the quality but my personal feelings are that it felt very rushed and unpolished. I know Joseph is supposed to be a little bit of fun but when there’s a creepy child staring with a maniacal smile into the crowd you can’t help but feel uneasy and disappointed.