Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd-Webber
Opera House, 16 August 2011
What to add to my previous review of this vibrant production?
Tim Rice’s flippant lyrics and blatant anachronisms make the musical work wonderfully well. That’s its secret. Indeed, a carefully researched and elegantly structured show wouldn’t be half as much fun. If you want an intelligent and insightful retelling of the bible story, read the Thomas Mann novel. He wrote a good one about Joseph and his brothers, though the one about the magic mountain was most likely his best.
Let us have Elvis as the pharaoh, down-home cowboy and calypso songs, a melancholy French ditty about Canaan days gone by and never to return. They’re all here and there’re fellows in Judge Dread visors an’ all.
This is the musical that has got ‘cheesy and cheerful’ down to a fine art form.