After box office smash-hit seasons in Johannesburg and Cape Town in 2016, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth in 2017, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ is set to return to the Mother City for a run at Pieter Toerien’s Theatre On The Bay in Camps Bay from Thursday, February 17, to April 8.
To add to the excitement for musical fans there are no price increases for the latest run. That means that locals get so see the 2017 season at 2016 prices. To add further incentive for people to book, there are also family packages and group reductions.
The production stars Earl Gregory as Joseph, with Anton Luitingh filling in as Pharoah until March 11, with Jonathan Roxmouth returning to the role from March 14. Afrikaans songstress Nadine is The Narrator, taking over from Bianca Le Grange.
Audiences can look forward to all of the fun, light hearted songs such as ‘Any Dream Will Do’, ‘Close Every Door To Me’ and ‘One More Angel in Heaven’.
From the humble beginnings of its first performance on a cold winter afternoon at the Old Assembly Hall Hammersmith, ‘Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ has gone on to become one of the most recognized musical productions worldwide. It has won Tony, Olivier and Drama Desk Awards and has a place in The Guinness Book of Records for the world’s longest running touring musical.
The first production of ‘Joseph’ in South Africa in the 1970s made household names of Richard Loring, who played The Narrator; Alvon Collison, who amazingly, stayed upright in the high platform boots of Pharaoh; and Bruce Millar, who stole everyone’s heart as Joseph.
The role of Joseph launched Earl Gregory’s career in 2005. He won the Naledi Award for Best Male Newcomer for his portrayal of the titular character. He has gone on to become a specialist of the genre, performing in such musicals as ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘CATS’ and ‘Sweeney Todd’.
In his review of the 2016 production, Peter Feldman wrote: “Where this ‘Joseph’ truly scores – and this is Earl Gregory’s second incarnation in the role – is with his sublime voice, which is given full vent on a number such as ‘Close Every Door’, where its simplicity effectively comes across.”
“Griffin embellishes the show with a healthy mix of musical styles that embrace elements of ‘Cabaret’, ‘Oklahoma’, ‘Burn the Floor’ and a few Las Vegas showstoppers. All these elements are delivered with oodles of vim and vigour, with performers clad in sets of striking Niall Griffin-designed costumes,” added Feldman.
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