The first piece of casting news is out of the (brightly coloured) bag, as Sheridan Smith has been announced as the Narrator in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
The colourful musical is returning to the London Palladium on 27 June 2019, and Sheridan’s character will play a key role in driving the storyline forward.
BAFTA and Olivier Award-winning Sheridan is no stranger to the London stage and has been critically acclaimed for her performances. Sheridan has won two Olivier Awards, one for playing Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical, and the other for Best Supporting Performance for her role as ‘Doris’ in Flare Path. Most recently Sheridan enjoyed a highly celebrated run at The Savoy Theatre in Funny Girl, playing Fanny Brice, a role last played by Barbara Streisand.
You’ll also recognise her from her many TV credits, including Mrs Biggs, (which won her a BAFTA) the TV biopic Cilla, and her most recent TV project, the ITV drama series, Cleaning Up.
And it’s not just casting that’s being announced, but also the creative team who will be bringing the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical to life. The show will be directed by Laurence Connor, who’s previously directed West End hits including School Of Rock – The Musical, Chess and Miss Saigon. He is also the co-director of the new version of Les Misérables.
Laurence will be joined on the creative team by choreographer JoAnn M Hunter (who has 20 Broadway shows to her name, also including School Of Rock), the award-winning Morgan Large who will design the set and costumes, lighting designer Ben Cracknell and sound designer Gareth Owen.
Told entirely through song (with the help of the Narrator), Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat follows the story of Jacob’s favourite son Joseph and his eleven brothers. After being sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, Joseph discovers he can interpret dreams, and soon finds himself in front of the mighty Pharaoh.
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has been a global success and has been performed in the West End, Broadway and in 80 countries across the world. The show features songs that have gone on to become pop and musical theatre classics, including Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door To Me, Jacob and Sons and Go Go Go Joseph.
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will play a strictly limited 11-week season from Thursday 27 June 2019. You can buy tickets right here on Official London Theatre!