A stage bathed in rich, vibrant hues of red and yellow and green and brown and scarlet and black and ochre and peach and ruby and olive and violet and fawn and lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve and … (you get the picture).. set the scene for a spectacular show at the Wales Millennium Centre last night.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has always been a favourite musical of mine – ever since my sister performed in it in our school play at a local theatre many moons ago. I’ve loved the songs ever since and so was looking forward to a good old singalong.
Trina Hill was a magical and warm narrator; her amazing vocal range spanned from beautifully sweet and melodic to punchy and powerful.
And Jaymi Hensley from boyband Union J was a revelation as Joseph. With an almost operatic quality to his voice, mixed with some more contemporary nuances, he had great stage presence and gave memorable performances of Close Every Door, everyone’s favourite Any Dream Will Do and Who’s The Thief.
The band of back-stabbing brothers who sold Joseph into slavery sang beautifully together – akin to a male voice choir in places – and their dance moves were slick and energetic. Andrew Geater as Pharaoh did a cracking Elvis impression and there were a few laughs to be had along the way – not least down to the unruly inflatable sheep and some costumes that would have been more at home in a pantomime (yes, you, cavorting camels).
The show ended with everyone on their feet enjoying that singalong I’d been looking forward to. If you want a feel-good night out then you can catch Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff until 18 May. More info at wmc.org.uk