REVIEW: Joe McElderry in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Forum Theatre, Billingham

Joe McElderry is starring in the lead role on a UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Joe McElderry is starring in the lead role on a UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Joe McElderry is as vibrant as his technicolor dreamcoat.

Sporting longer-than-usual curly tresses, he certainly looks the part of Jacob’s favourite son, and he takes on the big musical numbers with ease.

Joe McElderry is starring in the lead role on a UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Joe McElderry is starring in the lead role on a UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

After storming to victory on both the X Factor and Popstar to Opera Star, Joe definitely has the credentials and Joseph provides him with plenty of opportunities to shine.

He’s a real vocal powerhouse and belts out those big notes like there’s no tomorrow – he gave me goosebumps as he raised the roof with emotional track Close Every Door.

The biblical musical is one of the most famous around. It follows Joseph – who after his 11 jealous brothers conspire to get rid of him – ends up as the Pharaoh’s right-hand-man in Egypt.

This is just the latest in a number of theatrical roles Joe has taken on, and he just keeps on getting better.

Joe McElderry is starring in the lead role on a UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. With Lucy Kay as the Narrator.

Joe McElderry is starring in the lead role on a UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. With Lucy Kay as the Narrator.

He’s rarely off stage during the show, and spends much of it wearing nothing but a loincloth, showing off his toned physique.

Close Every Door is a powerful moment, but Joe performs each of his numbers fantastically.

It’s not all about the voice though, his acting skills are just as impressive and he allows himself to get lost in his character.

He’s backed up brilliantly by Britain’s Got Talent’s Lucy Kay as the Narrator, who leads the audience through the show.

Joe McElderry is starring in the lead role on a UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Joe McElderry is starring in the lead role on a UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

She hit some impossibly-high notes during songs like Potiphar and Poor, Poor, Joseph. Her vocal ability is sensational.

Joseph’s 11 brothers were fantastic too. Each of them had a clearly defined character and they all brought their own humour to the show.

Their cowboy-esque song One More Angel in Heaven was a real stand-out moment for me.

The colourful set is lovely to look at, although some of the inflatable sheep didn’t pop up at the right moments, and the striking costumes looked great.

Joe McElderry is starring in the lead role on a UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Joe McElderry is starring in the lead role on a UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

The lighting plays a big part in the show too, changing to each colour of Joseph’s coat, and providing the ‘flash of light’ Joseph sang about during Any Dream Will Do.

The choir of schoolchildren who were perched on the stairs at either side of the stage did a fantastic job in providing backing vocals.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has a real family appeal and it’s very much a feel-good show.

It ended with a big singalong that had everyone joining in and clapping their hands, and the young audience members were delighted as the brothers ran out into the stalls to hand out high fives.

I’ve seen this show so many times, but I’ve never enjoyed it as much as this production.

I had so much fun, and couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed with pride watching our very own Joe in the leading role.

Joe McElderry is starring in the lead role on a UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Joe McElderry is starring in the lead role on a UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

He has a remarkable talent and I could watch him perform all day.

Singing will always be his first love, but hopefully we’ll see him take on many more theatrical roles in the future.

The show is in Billingham until Saturday. To book tickets for Billingham, go to wwww.forumtheatrebillingham.co.uk or call 01642 552663.

The show calls at the Sunderland Empire from May 31 to June 4. To book tickets for the Empire, go to www.atgtickets.com/sunderland or call 0844 871 3022.

Joe McElderry is starring in the lead role on a UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Joe McElderry is starring in the lead role on a UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Joe McElderry is starring in the lead role on a UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. With Lucy Kay as the Narrator.

Joe McElderry is starring in the lead role on a UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. With Lucy Kay as the Narrator.

Joe McElderry is starring in the lead role on a UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Joe McElderry is starring in the lead role on a UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.