REVIEW Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Opera House, Blackpool

MANY COLOURS Ian 'H' Watkins, of Steps fame, stars in Joseph at the Opera House, Blackpool this week

MANY COLOURS Ian 'H' Watkins, of Steps fame, stars in Joseph at the Opera House, Blackpool this week

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Having 11 older brothers to contend with must be just about on parr in the daunting stakes with stepping into the shoes, or loincloth, once worn by the much-loved likes of Donny Osmond, Philip Schofield and Lee Mead.

That is the task Ian ‘H’ Watkins takes on as the leading role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

As if it had been dreamt up for him, Watkins lit up the Opera House for the opening night of the Blackpool favourite last night.

Joined by a strong supporting class who sing, dance, jump and joke their way throughout, Watkins put his own slant on a part that is so loved in the resort.

A sensational performance from narrator Jennifer Potts threatens to steal the show for good, but Watkins, as his character does, comes back fighting in the second half, more than making up for a slightly hesitant opening half.

The tale (almost) as old as time visits various themes to keep up the pace, from Joseph’s cowboys brothers faking grief, and a 50s America themed Pharaoh, to a French famine, and a celebratory Caribbean family reunion.

It builds up to a rip-roaring finale that will no doubt have audiences on their feet by the weekend shows.

And as the crowds leave the theatre, singing the tunes and many fondly recalling their own school productions of the show, Blackpool Tower stands as a shining endorsement, lighting up in many colours just as Joseph.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat plays at the Opera House, Blackpool, until Saturday, October 5.