JOE McElderry is simply dazzling in this wonderful festive show.
Seeing the star in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was definitely worth the round trip to Bradford.
Joe stars as the Spirit of the Mirror in the fairytale story of a Prince, his Princess and the Evil Queen bent on destroying them.
As the show begins, Joe flies onto the stage inside a magic mirror, giving the audience a first taste of his gorgeous vocals by belting out a few lines of Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror.
Joe then greets the audience before breaking into Pharrell Williams’ Happy, quickly creating that party atmosphere, before Prince Benedict (David O’Mahony) and then Snow White (Charlotte Haines) take the reigns.
The South Shields singer made a fantastic panto debut last year as Prince Charming in Cinderella, but this year, he’s even better.
Joe has a much bigger involvement with the crowd and clearly relished the chance to get everyone in the festive spirit.
He was fantastic alongside Muddles (Billy Pearce), who had the cross-generational audience in fits of giggles – he was chuffin’ brilliant.
The story sees Snow White and the Prince reunited for the first time since their childhood, and of course, the pair fall madly in love, much to the dismay of the wicked Queen Sadista (Jenny Gayner) who believes that as the ‘fairest’ in the land, she should have the Prince for herself.
She tricks poor Muddles into taking Snow White deep into the forest and abandoning her, but thankfully she’s saved from peril by the Seven Dwarfs (Matt Bateman/Jabari Braham/Tom Brandon/Ewan Goddard/Richard Johnston/Mark Laverty/Paul Toulson), who looked fantastic in their costumes.
Of course, it’s not a pantomime without a Dame, and Adam Stafford does an amazing job as Dame Betty Blumenthal.
The cast is also backed up by a talented ensemble, and youngsters from Sara Packham Theatre School, who do a wonderful job of giving the production that extra edge.
The costumes and the set are stunning and the effects – in particular a flying car – are simply mind-blowing. I still haven’t quite got over that bit.
An original take on the 12 Days Of Christmas, by Joe, Muddles, Dame Betty, and Prince Benedict, is hilarious and had everyone in the audience in stitches.
And just when things were looking bad for the Prince and Snow White, Joe made sure everyone kept their faith with a beautiful and powerful rendition of Don’t Stop Believing.
The panto is magical, fun, and festive, and most definitely worth the trip to Bradford.
Click here to read an interview with Joe and see a video of him backstage.
Click here to see a selection of pictures from the show.