Former X Factor contestant Lloyd Daniels and Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope star in Bill Kenwright’s touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Joseph and the Narrator. The play roles into Regent Theatre and Knot FM were there on the opening night
Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including ‘Any Dream Will Do’, ‘Close Every Door’ and ‘One More Angel’.
With a few notable exceptions, most X Factor finalists have long disappeared within a couple of years of leaving the show. So it is remarkable that Lloyd Daniels – fifth in 2009 when Joe McElderry won – is not just working in musical theatre but playing the lead in one of the industry’s biggest roles.
Stepping into the shoes of names such as Jason Donovan, Philip Schofield and Donny Osmond, may sound like a daunting task on paper, but Daniels sings, dances and acts his way with aplomb. He captivates with a high energy performance.
Following a successful year as Eponine in Les Misérables in London’s West End, Danielle Hope joins the cast of Joseph as Narrator and oozes the confidence and stage presence of one befitting the high profile roles she has found herself in since appearing on our screens winning the BBC talent show Over the Rainbow and making her professional debut as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium.
Matt Lapinskas plays Pharaoh in his first musical theatre role. Famed for playing Anthony Moon in EastEnders, Lapinskas was also runner up in the penultimate series of Dancing On Ice. However, he demonstrates he is a man of many talents as he turns his hand beautifully to the role. He was funny, entertaining and had such an amazing stage presence.
The whole spectacle is as dazzling as Joseph’s infamous coat of many colours. The score is always going to be a winner but the cast are equal to it. You will be hard-pressed to find such classy entertainment with an all-star cast which provides such good value for your money. The entire audience were on their feet at least five minutes before the end and everyone was clapping and cheering along. Joseph runs until 20th September and tickets are available online or from the box office