Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Blackpool Opera House
Until Saturday 1st June

A crash of drums, a flash of light…and Union J band member Jaymi Hensley has become a musical theatre star. In his first ever major stage role he’s receiving well-deserved rave reviews for his sensational performance alongside the fabulous cast of Joseph.

With polished acting and superb vocals – Close Every Door is breath-taking – Jaymi is surely destined for the West End. In interviews before the show he talked about meeting Jimmy Osmond and Joe McElderry who've played Joseph before him, saying: “I’ve never felt I’m more in the right place at the right time than I do right now.”

From the audience reaction it would appear that thousands of fans agree, giving Jaymi and the cast a standing ovation at the opening night in Blackpool. 

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s cult show never gets old, and Bill Kenwright’s production provides the anticipated kaleidoscope of bright colours shining, with a spectacular set and costumes, high energy choreography and an excellent Elvis/Pharaoh (Andrew Geator) who, like Jaymi, is wonderful and new.

The vast Opera House stage offers the space to create magnificent Canaan and Egyptian backdrops, complete with sheep – including an especially “sheepish” one that kept falling asleep on the job, much to the delight of the audience.

As the narrator, Tina Hill’s powerful singing carries us through the ups and down of this biblical tale, subtly highlighting the drama and punctuating the proceedings with favourite comedy moments: “don't give up Joseph, fight till you drop we've read the book and you come out on top.”

The brothers are full of character and energy, creating the perfect motley crew; and the children’s choir is lovely, with all singers sitting very still throughout.

One of my favourite scenes is between Jaymi and his stage father Henry Metcalfe who create a beautifully touching scene when Joseph and Jacob are reunited, before Joseph takes final command of the stage in all his technicolour glory.

I would highly recommend catching this feelgood roller-coaster show before it hurtles on to Leeds.

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Next dates: 4 – 15 Jun LEEDS Grand Theatre 18 – 22 Jun DERBY Theatre 25 – 29 Jun IPSWICH Regent 2 – 13 July BIRMINGHAM Hippodrome 16 – 20 July OXFORD New 

Photograph: Pamela-Raith-Photography