Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of
those musicals that just keep on keeping on. Andrew Lloyd
Webber's infectious tunes and Tim Rice's clever, witty lyrics
are as fresh today as in 1968, when the show was first
Musical Theatre Dunedin's production, at the Mayfair, is a
triumph. Inspired direction (Gladys Hope), musical direction
(Stuart Walker) and choreography (Robyn Sinclair) make the
Genesis story of treachery, ambition, forgiveness and
believing in yourself memorable and fun.
The set, designed by Peter King, literally sparkles, thanks
to a shimmering and ever-changing backdrop. The wardrobe
team, led by Samuel Keen, has created costumes ranging from
Sunday-school Biblical to modern to fantasy, and all of this
is complemented by Callum Jamieson's lighting.
Musical and dance styles are a stimulating mix that includes
burlesque, ballet, tango and calypso, and opportunities for
hamming it up are never lost. The mock grief in There's
one more angel in heaven, for example, and French-style
melancholy in Those Canaan days, are exploited to their
A large number of people have contributed to the production's
success. More than 50, including more than 20 children, and
all bursting with talent, appear onstage. The programme also
lists 12 musicians and more than 80 people who have assisted
in various ways.
The stars of the show are the lovely Elizabeth Adams, who as
Narrator has the job of holding the show together, and Greg
MacLeod, confident and likeable as Joseph. Kelvin Cummings,
looking more than a little like Mitt Romney, does a great
Elvis impression in the role of Pharaoh.
Joseph is upbeat, noisy, colourful and captivating. Thursday
night's audience was enthusiastic and delighted. The season
runs until October 13.
- Barbar Frame