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Joseph returns to the West End  
A brand new production of the Award-winning classic family musical opens in March…
Stephen Gateley as Joseph

Directed and produced by Bill Kenwright, Joseph returns to the West End, opening at the New London Theatre on Thursday 13th February, with Press Night on 3rd March. Former Boyzone lead vocalist Stephen Gately will play the title role.

The musical retells the biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and his coat of many colours. The many famous songs include “Any Dream Will Do”, “Close Every Door To Me” and “One More Angel In Heaven”. Design is by Sean Cavanagh with choreography by Henry Metcalfe, musical direction by David Steadman and lighting design by Nick Richings.

Throughout their seven years of pop domination, Boyzone’s Stephen Gately became one of the biggest boy band stars of all time. The band had six number one singles and four number one albums and Stephen was the lead vocalist on the group’s biggest hit “No Matter What”, coincidentally penned from another Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Whistle Down The Wind. Boyzone became the first act in chart history to reach the top three with their first 14 singles and the first band since The Beatles to debut at number one with their first four albums. Stephen Gately has been ‘Irish Personality of the Year’ and ‘Hero of 99’ and was the first member of the band to record solo with “New Beginning”. The album of the same name went to the top of the charts. He recorded the single “I Believe” from the soundtrack of the film Billy Elliot and a version of “Bright Eyes” from the soundtrack of the classic Watership Down.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was first performed at the Colette Court School in 1968. The first stage production was at The Young Vic in 1972 but subsequently transferred to The Edinburgh Festival and from there to The Roundhouse and Albery Theatre in 1973. Bill Kenwright’s record breaking touring production has attracted an audience of over fifteen million people throughout its 20-year run. It has a place in The Guinness Book Of Records for the world’s longest running touring musical. This production though, is entirely new, and has been mounted specifically for the West End New London season.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has been a hit all over the world and there have been twelve different cast ensembles in the 31-year history of the musical. “Any Dream Will Do” was voted ‘The Broadway Song Of The Year’, and the 1991 London production ran for two years at The London Palladium.

Posted on: 1st January 2003

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