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Preview: Joseph And the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at Sunderland Empire
X FACTOR winner Joe McElderry gets set to put on a dazzling coat of many colours as he steps in the title role of the UK’s longest running musical Joseph And the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
Photo: Mark Yeoman
Joe was just 18 when won the sixth series of The X Factor having been mentored by Girls Aloud star Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and beating off fierce competition from Olly Murs and Stacey Solomon.
Joe then soared to number one on the UK Singles Charts with his rendition of Miley Cyrus’s The Climband his debut album Wide Awake went straight in at number 3 on the UK Albums Chart. He has since gone on to have two more top ten albums, and he became the first X Factor star to release four albums, with a fifth in the making.
Joe, who hails from South Shields, Tyne and Wear, is also the first and only celebrity to win threereality TV shows! He was crowned the winner of the second series of ITV’s Popstar to Operastar before strapping on his skis and slaloming his way to become champion of Channel 4’s celebrity ski competition The Jump last year!
Joseph marks Joe’s first major theatrical appearance following a one-off West End gala performance as the lead in The Who's Tommy in 2012.
Having garnered sensational reviews and standing ovations at every performance since its inception almost 35 years ago, Bill Kenwright’s Amazing’, ‘Superb’, ‘Wonderful’ and ‘Brilliant’ production of this sparkling family musical has now sold an estimated 20 million tickets.
This vibrant and exciting retelling of the biblical story about Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours sings out to young and old alike with a score which is crammed wall to wall with hits, including Jacob and Sons, Close Every Door and Any Dream Will Do.
Bill Kenwright by special arrangement with the Really Useful Group presents Joseph And the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Joseph And the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat Sunderland Empire 31st May – 4th June 2016