Go Go Jo
By Calum on Feb 20, 2006
This weekend we went to see the production of Joseph that's currently touring the UK and Ireland. It was the first time I'd seen it (although we 'studied' some of the songs from the LP in my 1st year/7th grade music class back in the early 80's), so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, although I knew the full West End experience wasn't likely to be on the cards.
Unexpected plusses: the lyrics were cleverer and more irreverent than I remembered, but that's not surprising given that I was only about 12 the last time I listened to them. Singing and acting was as tight as you'd expect from a touring company, and the looked-a-bit-like-Billie-Piper narrator was pretty cute :)
Disappointments: the limited 'orchestra'—more of a five-piece, really—gave everything a wee bit of an underlying air of a school production, with all the string parts (bar the guitars) being played on a bog-standard synth. And it's hard not to feel a bit short-changed by any musical that relies on reprising most of the songs at the end to bring the performance up to two hours.
Definitely well worth the afternoon out, though.