It’s been announced that a brand new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT will play the London Palladium in Summer 2019.
The new production will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original concept album that released in 1969. The musical would first be performed as a stage show in 1972, premiering at the Edinburgh International Festival in a production by the Young Vic Theatre Company. Since then, JOSEPH has gone on to be one of the most performed musicals around the globe performing in over 80 countries. It features iconic songs like ‘Any Dream Will Do’ and ‘Close Every Door’.
JOSEPH was last seen on the West End in 2007, starring Any Dream Will Do winner Lee Mead. It ran until 2009 after selling out its initial six month run in just three weeks. Before this, the same production ran at the London Palladium in 1991 in a now legendary production that saw Jason Donovan and Philip Schofield play the title role. A screen adaptation of JOSEPH was made in 1999 and starred Donny Osmond.
Its most recent incarnation has been the Bill Kenwright tour which has performed around the country almost non-stop the last few years. X Factor winner Joe McElderry has been the most recent Joseph and has garnered acclaim for his portrayal.
Casting and the entirely new creative team for the new London run is still to be announced.
The addition of JOSEPH marks a banner year for Lloyd Webber in London. In addition to JOSEPH, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and SCHOOL OF ROCK will continue their open-ended runs in the West End, The Open Air production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR will transfer to the Barbican Centre, the Hope Mill production of ASPECTS OF LOVE plays at Southwark Playhouse, and an all new version of EVITA will arrive at Regents Park this Summer. This brings Lloyd Webber’s total to six musicals over the year with five playing simultaneously Summer 2019 alone.
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT will run at the London Palladium for a strictly limited season from 26th June to 8th September. No on sale date for tickets has been announced but you can sign up for priority tickets here.