Celebrating 40 years of Joseph

You know me, any excuse to talk about Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

It’s been 40 years since Bill Kenwright’s first production of the musical retelling of the classic biblical story, and now it’s on yet another tour across the UK. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice are absolute geniuses and this is in my opinion their very best piece of work.

What started out in 1968 as a 15-minute cantata soon proved to be one of the world’s most loved musicals. It’s the longest running touring musical of all time for a reason!

The latest tour includes enhanced choreography by Gary Lloyd – who is known for his work with Sir Paul McCartney; Sir Cliff Richard; Dame Shirley Bassey; Sir Tom Jones and more recently Kelly Clarkson; Leona Lewis; Robbie Williams and Pink.

Lloyd’s dynamic new material combines with Henry Metcalf’s original choreography to create a fresh new version of the production whilst at the same time retaining its trademark style and integrity.

Lloyd said: “Bill Kenwright’s beautifully biblical production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was the first show I ever saw at the theatre. It inspired me to pursue a career on stage, so I was beyond excited to be working with Bill and Henry to bring this 40-year family classic into the 21st century for another and future generations.

Metcalf said: “Joseph started as an end-of-term show by two naive but brilliant 19-year-olds, and is now one of the country’s biggest musical legends. Every scene has a different musical style. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music is always memorable, Tim Rice’s lyrics always innovative, and Bill Kenwright’s production always magical and many millions of theatre goers from ages 5 to 95 will testify”.

See the show when it arrives at Grand Opera House, York, from 1st – 5th October.


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