REVIEW: Joseph a smash hit with Sheffield audience

Keith Jack stars in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Keith Jack stars in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The Lyceum, Sheffield

The tale of Joseph and his coat of many colours was first performed in a school – and still retains the air of a school play.

The acting was over the top, the dancing was cheesy and some of the singing left a little to be desired, but the show was still a triumph.

Catchy songs and plenty of laughs along the way meant some members of the audience were dancing in the aisles towards the end, while the cast left to a standing ovation.

Favourites such as Close Every Door and Any Dream Will Do went down a storm with the packed theatre.

Keith Jack was runner-up on BBC show Any Dream Will Do, which searched for a star to play Joseph in the West End.

However, despite missing out on that part, he has been involved in the touring show almost ever since, playing the title role in Sheffield.

His voice seemed slightly out in the slower first act, but he grew into the role as the show went on – seemingly far more comfortable with the more upbeat numbers – to leave the crowd desperate for more.

Relative newcomer Lauren Ingram is one to look out for in future after putting in a great performance as the Narrator, despite being dressed as a magician’s assistant, while Luke Jasztal, as Pharaoh, was also impressive.

n Joseph continues at The Lyceum until Saturday. For tickets, priced from £15, visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk or call 0114 249 6000.

Jon Ball