An amazing Technicolor blackout...
PUBLISHED: 11:08 22 October 2010
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
“THE show must go on” was a mantra that proved to be true on the opening night when an electricity sub-station fault almost put Joseph’s light out.
The show was late starting because of a technical hitch, but all went well until the interval, when all the theatre lights failed and we were shown back to our seats by torchlight.
Thanks to the fast reactions of the theatre management and generating company EDF, power was restored 20 minutes later to a huge cheer from the audience.
This musical really brings out the genius of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. And, thanks to the brilliant direction of Bill Kenwright, it matters not if you have seen the show before, as I had two years ago at the same theatre, because he introduces little unexpected extras, making the performance different while not detracting from the original.
The cast is so strong that it is hard to pick out anyone in particular, other than to say that Keith Jack is a superb Joseph and Trina Hill was great as the narrator. The choreography was seamless and beautifully timed, all backed by the incredible sound of the musicians under the direction of James McCullagh. A memorable night in more ways than one.