We closed our eyes, drew back the curtain, and there was Jason Donovan.
Nineties kids will distinctly remember 'Scott from Neighbours' as he was known back then taking the lead role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (that's not a typo, it's still spelt "technicolor" even in the UK. Humph), and now he's going to be in the show again.
But not as Joseph.
Donovan will instead be playing the part of Pharaoh in the new show, which opens at the London Palladium this July.
He was last in Dreamcoat (as theatre wankers call it) back in 1992:
The musical, by Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice, will also star Sheridan Smith as the narrator. If you've forgotten the plot since the '90s, here's the summary:
"Told entirely through song with the help of the Narrator, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat follows the story of Jacob’s favourite son Joseph and his eleven brothers. After being sold into slavery by the brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the advances of Potiphar’s wife.
While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled showman, the Pharaoh. As Joseph strives to resolve Egypt’s famine, he becomes Pharaoh’s right-hand man and eventually reunites with his family."
The show will run from the 11th of July to the 8th of September, and tickets will no doubt cost an absolute fortune as per the noble tradition of West End theatre. [Standard]
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