Britain’s Got Talent’s Lucy Kay will play the Narrator in the upcoming 2016 touring production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, also starring X Factor winner Joe McElderry (the tour begins from 25–30 January at The Broadway Theatre, Peterborough).
Lucy Kay scored her first number one album in 2014, after her debut album Fantasia shot straight to the top of the Classical Album Chart. The singer, originally from Leicestershire, shot to fame and captured the country’s hearts as runner-up on Britain’s Got Talent in 2014.
Following her success on the show, Kay also recorded the song ‘Flower of Scotland’ with the band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Navy. She was also a special guest on Andrea Bocelli’s 2014 tour.
Previously announced as Joseph, Joe McElderry was just 18 when he 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. McElderry then reached No. 1 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 10 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.
His first major theatrical appearance was a one-off West End gala performance as the lead in The Who’s Tommy in 2012 and he returned to the role at the Opera House in Blackpool last year.
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.