X Factor winner Joe McElderry will play the title role in the UK’s longest-running musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat. McElderry will play Joseph on tour in theatres around the UK from spring 2016 (dates and theatres to be announced soon).
McElderry was just 18 when won the sixth series of The X Factor having been mentored by Girls Aloud star Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and beating off fierce competition from Olly Murs and Stacey Solomon.
He then soared to number one on the UK Singles Charts with his rendition of Miley Cyrus’s ‘The Climb’ and his debut album Wide Awake went straight in at No. 3 on the UK Albums Chart. He has since gone on to have two more Top Ten albums, and he became the first X Factor star to release four albums, with a fifth in the making.
McElderry, who hails from South Shields, Tyne and Wear, is also the first and only celebrity to win three reality TV shows! He was crowned the winner of the second series of ITV’s Popstar to Operastar before strapping on his skis and slaloming his way to become champion of Channel 4’s celebrity ski competition The Jump last year.
McElderry’s first major theatrical appearance was a one-off West End gala performance as the lead in The Who’s Tommy in 2012. He is about to return to the role at the Opera House in Blackpool.
Since its inception almost 35 years ago, Bill Kenwright’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s family musical has now sold an estimated 20 million tickets.
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In rehearsal – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Behind-the-scenes videos from the Joseph rehearsals can be seen on the Musical Theatre Review YouTube channel.
NB. The article and videos immediately above feature Danielle Hope as the Narrator.