Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Milton Keynes Theatre - ATG Tickets (

Having seen this many times now over forty years (!) I didn’t really expect to find anything new as I took my seat tonight but goodness me, this show feels very fresh and extremely dynamic. Kenwright has thrown everything into this touring production and the staging, lighting, and added choreography, along with superb performances from the whole cast, make this a show well worth getting tickets for.
The story is narrated by Trina Hill who has a crystal clear voice and strong stage presence. She is excellent as the lynchpin of the production and seamlessly links the scenes together. Jaymi Hensley is very new on the theatre circuit but is deeply impressive in this role. No going through the motions here but a sincerely committed performance. He seems absolutely at home on stage and noticeably dedicated to the role and the company. His voice has a great range and depth which can be very sweet yet he can also really ramp up the volume and belt it out.
Lots of humour mostly from Time Rice’s clever and witty lyrics, but the brothers’ antics generate a lot of giggles. Too many to name here but a brilliant group of high energy performers. Pharaoh, of course, is a source of much amusement and Andrew Geater gives an excellent tongue-in-cheek turn as the rhinestone clad king.
Children from Arts 1 make up the Joseph Choir. Placed on the stairs on each side of the stage they enrich the music with their young voices whilst exhibiting supreme professionalism for such fledgling performers, on stage throughout as they are. The staging is stepped which surprisingly gives depth and height to this already large stage. Add in some fantastic props, among them huge gold Egyptian statues, vibrant and constantly changing lighting, lots of highly colourful, shiny, sparkly costumes and this is a visual as well as musical feast. There is a lavishness to this whole production.  Bonkers and bizarre at moments, this is an exhilarating and uplifting show. A brilliant night. Jaymi is Luton born and told us all how proud he was to be performing on stage at MK. The joy and emotion he visibly felt was really rather touching. He is though, one piece of a really impressive cast who were absolutely spot on. Magic. Joseph plays MK theatre until 13 April

Tickets: Box Office on 0844 871 7652 (booking fees apply).