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Jason Donovan returns to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Pharaoh

Jason Donovan

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JASON Donovan will return to the London Palladium in the new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to star as the Pharaoh.

This new production of the iconic musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice will play a strictly limited 11-week season – from Thursday, June 27 to Sunday, September 8, 2019.

Jason Donovan made his defining stage performance as the title character of Joseph in the 1990s, also at the London Palladium, in a sold-out 18-month run which produced a No.1 single and best-selling soundtrack album. It remains one of the most successful revivals of all time.

Donovan said: “You never know the measure of a moment until it becomes a memory, and what a moment that was for me. Joseph was a ground breaker in 1991, and what a blast it will be to be back on the prestigious Palladium stage and be part of it all again with a brand new cast in this re-imagined 2019 production. I’m looking forward to breathing new life into Pharaoh and I’m so relieved he doesn’t wear a loin cloth!”

Donovan became an international star playing Scott Robinson in Neighbours. The series went on to become one of the highest-rating shows in the UK, leading to Donovan’s association and huge success with acclaimed producers, Stock, Aitken and Waterman. His debut album Ten Good Reasons was the biggest selling album of 1989, with career sales of 13 million albums and four UK No.1 singles.

Following his Olivier-nominated portrayal of Joseph, he has gone on to star in The Rocky Horror Show, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Annie Get Your Gun, The Sound of Music, The King’s Speech and Million Dollar Quartet. On television he has featured in I’m A Celebrity, Strictly Come Dancing, Who Do You Think You Are, ITV’s Superstar and Piers Morgan’s Life Stories.

Donovan also appeared in ITV’s drama Echo Beach and he continues to play sell-out tours across the country.

In Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Donovan will join Sheridan Smith as The Narrator. Casting for the role of Joseph has not yet been announced.

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 the brothers, Joseph ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled showman, the Pharaoh. As Joseph strives to resolve Egypt’s famine, he becomes Pharaoh’s right-hand man and eventually reunites with his family.

It includes the songs Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door To Me, Jacob and Sons, There’s One More Angel In Heaven and Go Go Go Joseph.

NB: Donovan will not be performing on July 13.

Tickets: From £20 (Previews from £10). Pay no booking fees at www.josephthemusical.com/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm. Matinees vary during weektime and weekends across the season. See website for details.