Celebrating 50 years of a much-loved British classic musical

It's 50 years since the original Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat concept album was released.

To coincide with this half century landmark the famous Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice show is returning to the stage.

The highly prestigious role of Joseph was previously played by Donny Osmond, Lee Mead, Jason Donovan, Joe McElderry and Phillip Schofield.

For this latest production, Union J star Jaymi Hensley will return to the theatre later this year for the lead role.

The classic production comes to Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday 2 to Saturday 13 July with tickets on sale now.

The famous Hippodrome, located close to the Chinese quarter of the city, is one of the largest touring theatres in the UK. It is well known for staging some of the best musicals, dance, opera and ballet outside London (and Birmingham's favourite pantomime).

Hensley, a member of 2013’s BBC ‘British Breakthrough Band’ of the year, will don the Technicolor Dreamcoat and lead the company in his first role in a major musical. Having risen to fame on The X Factor in the UK, Union J went on to have a top ten album and a major British tour and Hensley later appeared on a number of hit TV shows, including Celebrity Masterchef on BBC One.

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is, of course, one of the world’s most beloved family musicals. Released as a concept album in 1969, this multi award winning show has been performed hundreds of thousands of times including multiple runs in the West End and on Broadway, international tours and productions in over 80 countries.

The original Lloyd Webber and Rice collaboration continues to delight huge audiences annually, performed by amateur and schools groups and professionally in concert halls, arenas and theatres around the world.

Told entirely through song with the help of the narrator, the show 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 famous Biblical story was first presented as a 15-minute pop cantata at Colet Court School in London on 1 March 1968. The musical was first produced in 1972 and first played on Broadway in 1982.

Boasting hundreds of thousands of performances over the years, a number of revivals in both Broadway and the West End, and multiple major awards and nominations, you can bet that this latest version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will sell out quickly!

Following rave reviews playing the title role in Birmingham Hippodrome’s spectacular pantomime, Peter Pan, Hensley says he is looking forward to returning to the city’s stage for the lead role.

Commenting on his upcoming role, Hensley said; “I cannot describe how excited and honoured I am to be stepping into the prestigious coloured coat! When I think of iconic roles in musical theatre, Joseph was always one that I dreamt of playing growing up! And to finally say that I am going to play it is a “dream” come true! I cannot wait to meet all of the loyal Joseph Fans and bring you my take of this amazing dream role.”

Full of life and colour, the magical musical features unforgettable and timeless songs including Go, Go, Go Joseph, Any Dream Will Do, and Close Every Door.

Tickets are sure to be snapped up so, if you find yourself in this part of the UK this summer, this is a great chance to catch Joseph on his 50th birthday!

Further info via: www.birminghamhippodrome.com

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