IT is one of the most famous of all the big screen productions, and from Tuesday, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour is back in Milton Keynes, writes Sammy Jones.
The Biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and that coat of many colours also boasts tunes that everyone knows – who doesn’t recall Jason Donovan’s chart smash with Any Dream Will Do, back in the 90s?
Keith Jack took second place in the BBC television series to find a Joseph, and he takes the lead in this production.
So that’s the obvious stuff dealt with, but what goes on behind the scenes?
GO! Theatre brings you the facts and figures that help make Joseph jubilant...
> The production uses state-of-the-art lighting incorporating over 300 different lanterns all connected by more than three miles of cable.
> Joseph’s original coat spans a whopping 12 metres, weighs in at 20kg and cost a jawdropping £10,000.
> Every week, 40 local children join the production to form the choir which plays an integral part of the show.
> Annually, there are nearly 500 school or amateur productions in the UK, and more than 750 internationally.
It is currently estimated that the show has been performed in nearly 20,000 schools involving more than 700,000 performers.
> More than 1 million people will see the production in 2012 alone.
If you want to join that number, take a ticket for the performance by calling the box office on 0844 871 7652.
Joseph stays on the MKT stage through to Saturday, April 7.
Now, we bet plenty of you can name the fella looking dapper on the right.
It’s new city-based Brian Poole of The Tremeloes, who were big time chart botherers in the sixties.
Brian is currently part of a clan of pop princes from the era who annually ‘poole’ talents and take to the road under the banner The Solid Silver 60s show...and on Sunday, Brian will be on home turf with two performances at Milton Keynes Theatre.
Joining him will be Pete Noone of Hermans Hermits. Songs including I’m Into Something Good and There’s A Kind of Hush helped the band on their way to massive sales both here and in the US, where Peter became the youngest vocalist to top the charts stateside, as a wee lad of 15!
Their track Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter spent three weeks in the US top spot and shidted a whopping 14 million copies.
LA born Chris Montez, famed for tracks like the 1962 classic Let’s Dance is also on the bill, together with New Yorker Brian Hyland, the man who gave us hits including Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, and Sealed With A Kiss.
Backing all of the aforementioned on this bill of plenty will be Vanity Fare, who have shifted in excess of five million records themselves.
More than 100,000 fans are expected to enjoy the tour and you can too – choose from the 4pm or 8pm showing and call that aforementioned number quick smart.
Remember to give Mr Poole a roarsome cheer!
Connie Fisher arrives at MK Theatre on Tuesday, April 24 in Wonderful Town.
Watch GO!s exclusive video of Connie talking about the show by visiting our website at www.miltonkeynes.co.uk