There’s double the X Factor this February as Marcus Collins joins fellow contestant Lloyd Daniels for the 2015 tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Collins will step into the role of Narrator alongside Lloyd’s Joseph from 4 February.
Collins, who was mentored by Take That star Gary Barlow, finished as runner-up on The X Factor 2011, pipped to the post by winners Little Mix. But despite just missing out on the top spot, he went on to have chart success with a Top Ten self-titled debut album, and a hit single; a cover of The White Stripes hit ‘Seven Nation Army’.
Stage success also beckoned and in 2013 he joined the cast of Hairspray playing the role of Seaweed Stubbs. And then back in the studio under a new record label for his second album.
He’s recently been on a world tour performing in The West End Men, and played 14 sold-out shows. Collins also had the honour of being invited by the British Consulate and Chinese Embassy to perform at a special gala at the end of the tour, following in the footsteps of top Brit artists including Adele.
After a successful 2014 tour in which he made his musical theatre debut, Lloyd Daniels reprises his role as Joseph for the 2015 tour. Daniels became the X Factor’s youngest contestant in the 2009 series and got to the final five out of 250,000 contestants to perform in front of ten million TV viewers. Since then he has performed to sold-out arenas on a 56 date X Factor tour.
The show also sees the welcome return of Matt Lapinskas who will be donning his Elvis outfit once more to reprise the role of the Pharaoh. Best known for playing Anthony Moon in BBC’s EastEnders, Matt Lapinskas was also runner up in the penultimate series of Dancing On Ice. He joined the Joseph cast in 2014, taking on his first musical theatre role.
Bill Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s family musical embarks on a new tour, opening at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham on 4 February 2015.
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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. Both the article and videos above feature Danielle Hope as the Narrator. Hope will play the iconic role of Maria von Trapp in a new production of The Sound of Music which opens on Thursday 15 January 2015 at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley.