Joseph’s amazing technicolour dreamcoat a play not to be missed

IT’S a shame some theatre-goers may not have had the chance to see the musical Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, which was on for just three performances last weekend.

I was not really thrilled at the thought of reviewing a show seen many times before but this is a production that cannot be praised highly enough.

A joint effort between Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and Primadonna Productions, it is a thoroughly professional production of an early Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that still delights audiences after 50 or so years.

And if you think it’s a religious piece, it is not.

From the book of Genesis, it tells the story of Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers and spending years in prison before being released by the Pharaoh, who hears about his ability to interpret dreams.

Laurence Williams as Joseph and Sian Dhu as the narrator (both starred in last year’s Evita), light up the stage with their vibrant stage presence and vocal excellence.

A surprise Pharoah – a brilliant Elvis impersonation by Tom Hennessey – that perfectly captures the voice and movements of the King, is a highlight of the show.

The choreography is amazing, the elaborate costumes gorgeous, the set atmospheric and the songs rousing and catchy.

Not one member of the huge, energetic and often boisterous chorus is less than excellent.