THEATRE REVIEW: Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Hippodrome, Birmingham. 27th August 2010.
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I was extremely excited to be reviewing Joseph having heard so much about it over the years; however I was truly not expecting the extravaganza that it was! A truly good mix of fun and knowledge for adults and children alike and one for the family, a good time feeling was had all-round.

The costumes were a little questionable in places with spandex and holographic fabric which I would imagine from a distance would look effective but from the stalls they were a little too much! The set was incredible, fun, colourful, dynamic and interesting but the best of all of course, was the actors! The fun they expelled came deep from within in their souls! They played hit every note, danced every step and played their hearts out! The narrator particularly engaged with the audience making eye contact with several people in the theatre and really feeling every line she sung.

Keith Jack, the runner up from the hit BBC1 show Any Dream Will Do, gave an excellent lead performance with passion, skill and a real zest for the show. The Eleven Brothers felt every moment of their performance, also excellent performances were given by the dancers, children in the choir, Elvis, Jacob and all other parts.

The lighting particularly stood out as it illuminated Joseph’s coat that was held up by his Brothers giving the show that extra showbiz factor.

It was slightly disappointing that they played to a half full theatre, however this did not detract from the atmosphere. The staff were friendly and helpful and the
show seemed accessible for all.

A definite 5/5 and a must see show, I left dancing!

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Eleni Kypridemos

FEATURE: Keith Jack. “I am now getting the chance to play the part I wanted to play in the first place.”

After losing out to Lee Mead in the final of BBC reality talent show Any Dream Will Do, runner-up Keith Jack feared he had missed his opportunity to perform as Joseph in the hit musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Highly praised during the series for this superb singing voice and vocal range, Keith finally gets the chance play the leading role and wear the iconic Technicolor dreamcoat in the Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat national tour. The Kaje caught up with Keith to find out more…

It has been three years since Any Dream Will Do, had you given up hope of ever wearing the Technicolor Dreamcoat?

Yes, I had really!

You are actually taking over the role from one of your fellow competitors, Craig Chalmers. Were you disappointed when he was chosen for the initial national tour over you?

Not at all, I was very happy with how I had done with the show and was looking forward to the future and new opportunities to perform.

How much competition was there between you and the other contestants?

It was competitive as it was a shared dream and we all really wanted to win of course! But we were friends throughout the show and remain friends today – which is great.

How does it feel to finally wear the coat?

Fantastic, but you would be amazed by ow hot it when you actually put it on!

“I was very happy with how I had done with the show and was looking forward to the future and new opportunities to perform.”

What are you most looking forward to from the challenge?

I am just excited that I am now getting the chance to play the part that I wanted to play in the first place.

You went from shelf stacker to celebrity over night, how did the find the initial adjustment?

It all went a little bit crazy, but I coped.

Since Any Dream Will Do, what have you been upto other than the initial Joseph tour (as the narrator)?

It has all been very busy, As well as playing the narrator, I have also released
two Top 40 albums, headlined two sell-out concert tours, acted in two pantos amongst many other things.

You have found your niche in the musicals. Are there any other music genres you wish you could master, but have shied away from?

I am still very young and there is always a lot left for me to learn.

Who are your music inspirations?

Josh Grogan and Michael Bublé.

“I am just excited that I am now getting the chance to play the part that I wanted to play in the first place.”

Having made your name through reality television, have you ever found that proving yourself as a performer has been doubly hard since?

Yes, people suddenly have a lot more expectations of you.

As a contestant, you were all very vulnerable to judges comments.  What was the most valuable lesson you learnt as part of the programme?

I did not really feel very vulnerable. In all honesty, I learned a lot about how I performed.

With one dream one role sorted, what other roles have you always aspired to playing?

I’d love to play the Phantom in “Phantom of the Opera”.

Who would you say have been your biggest inspirations throughout your twisting journey so far?

Without doubt my family and friends alongside other professional colleagues.

If you could go back and change anything, that you have to date, what would the change be?

Nothing really. I love what I have achieved so far and I only strive to do better.

If it wasn’t performance, what would it be?

I would still be doing music of some description.

Where would you like your career to be in five years from now?

I would like to be doing more of the same!

“Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is currently on tour throughout the UK. Dates can be found at

Words: Katie Meehan

New Issue Out Today!

September Issue!!

The summer has come and gone, and The Kaje is still here! Issue 5 is our best to date with an array of well-known, and some not so well-known artists gracing our magazine. Come take a look…

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The September issue contains:

Stornoway “A living, breathing Mark Twain novel.”
Levi Miller “I thought it was great to be famous enough to have your picture on a pencil case.”
Eliza Doolittle “I have something to work towards rather than something to live up to.”

Tye Matthew Harris “I believe a point comes when you have to change things in your life.”
Dog Is Dead “We’d like people to think of us as a choir and an orchestra making pop music.”
Chris Anthony “It is much better to be inspired than to think up new ideas if that makes sense.”
Example “I just want people to take my music for what it is.”
The Milk “We just play really well with each other.”
Motion City Soundtrack “We are like family. We have learned to live around each other.”

Freemasons “It is only a matter of time before albums are released as apps…”
Tara Mathew “I just feel transformed to a different world when I perform.”
K. Anderson “As a teenager all I listened to was music by lesbian.”

Win! Win!

Forgotten Gems:

Album: Shelby Lynne “I am Shelby Lynne”
Book: Jim Thompson The Killer Inside Me”
Film: Rebecca

Designer of the Month: Robot Alien Clothing

Albums: Locnville “Sun In My Pocket”, Capac “Pastels EP”, Fyfe Dangerfield “Fly Yellow Moon”, She Makes War “Disarm”, Aaron Wright and The Aprils “Behold A Pale Horse”
Singles of The Month: The Like “Wishing He Was Dead”. Dog is Dead “Young”
Live Music: V Festival, Kendal Calling , Summer Sundae, One Night Only, Wildbird & Peacedrums
Theatre: Corrie!, Sound Of Music, Joseph
Film: Robin Hood, Kick-Ass
Books: Matthew Yorke “Pictures of Lily”, JockyBoy26 “The Big Book of Gaydar (Uncut!)”

NEWS: August Issue Out Now!

August Issue!!

Well as we close in on the autumn The Kaje is back for August with another edition packed. This month we have the gorgeous Ella Montclare on the cover. Read on to find out who you will find in our pages this month…

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The August issue contains:


Ella Montclare “The words are no longer restricted to my own experiences”
Patch William “We were mistaken yesterday for Patrick Williams”
Lotte Mullan “You have to find solace in your own strengths”
Elisabeth Molin “Its all about looking at possibilities”
Stuart Favill “Profound and complete realism”
Keith Jack “I am now getting the chance to play the part I wanted to play in the first place”
Magic Polar Bears “There just isn’t enough money in football”
Tim Thornton “I wanted to try and bring out the ridiculousness of an unsigned band’s situation”
Hayden Cohen “The fact it’s free means that people either want to see my show or not”
The Unconventionals “Some people will always knock us for entering the X Factor”
Bruce LaBruce “I really think I am undead”
Candice Hirson “Art is the expression of the self”

WIN!!!!: Signed Lotte Mullan CDs, Signed Tim Thornton books, Signed Magic Polar Bears albums, Fyfe Dangerfield CDs, signed Mr Fogg CDs, and The Unconventionals CDs up for grab as well.

Forgotten Gems:-
Album: Ludovico Einaudi “I Giorni”
Book: Georgette Heyer “Arabella”
Film: Dark City
Designer of the Month: Loula Creates
Steal My Style: Alex
The Way I Saw It: Vancouver

Albums: The Saurdays “Headlines!”, The Lost Cavalry “Waves Freeze to Rolling Hills”, The Unconventionals “Flower to the People”, Lotte Mullan “Plain Jane”, Young & The Lost Club Compilation
Singles of The Month: Charlene Soraia “When We Were Five” and Jukebox Collective “Icon Parade”
Live Music: The Bombay Bicycle Club, Seth Lakeman, CBSO Friday Night Classics: Rodgers & Hammerstein
Theatre: The Butler, TeakShow’s Inner Nutter, Portraits of An Actress, Mum’s The Word
DVD: Otto Or Up With The Dead People, Shutter Island, The Blind Side, Psycho
Books: Gavin Esler “Power Play”, Seth “George Sprott”, Tom McCarthy “C”, Sandra Newman “Changeling: A Memoir of Parents Lost & Found”

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NEWS: At Last The ‘Any Dream Will Do’ Runner-up Gets The Coat!

This year, KEITH JACK, the hugely popular runner up from the hit BBC series Any Dream Will Do finally gets the coloured coat as he takes over the title role in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT from Saturday 17th July.
Keith Jack, who shot to fame in the prime time television show, just narrowly missed out on the top spot to winner Lee Mead who went on to play 72 sold out weeks in the West End. Watched by millions every Saturday night, the TV show was produced to find a leading man for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new West End production, and Keith, chosen from tens of thousands of wannabes, captivated audiences week after week with his sparkling charisma and sensational singing voice. Speaking of his succession to the sought after role, Keith says “I am delighted to be playing my dream role on tour around the UK, and with the three years experience I’ve gained since the tv series I’m really looking forward to bringing something new and exciting to the show.”
Bill Kenwright, one of the most successful and prolific producers in British theatre today, (whose current hit West End shows include the renowned musicals Blood Brothers and Dreamboats and Petticoats), was on the expert panel of judges alongside Andrew Lloyd Webber, Denise Van Outen and John Barrowman and is delighted that Keith is taking on the leading role.
Since Any Dream Will Do, Keith’s star has well and truly risen, with numerous stage and television appearances including performing for Her Majesty the Queen, at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s birthday party, singing alongside John Barrowman on tour and on his album, and featuring on the BBC shows I’d Do Anything and When Joseph Met Maria. Keith’s launched his debut album This Time in 2008 and his hotly anticipated follow up An Evening at the Musicals was released to critical acclaim in 2009.
Bill Kenwright’s critically acclaimed production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s family favourite musical will be visiting venues all over the country as the show tours the UK throughout 2010.

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