Announcing the Complete Cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
The New, Acclaimed London Palladium Production
81 Performances Only: December 11, 2022 to February 18, 2023
The Princess of Wales Theatre
The spectacular new London Palladium production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has announced the cast for its Toronto season at the Princess of Wales Theatre.
This lavish new production, cited as the definitive one for this generation, will star Jac Yarrow, the thrilling new discovery chosen by Andrew Lloyd Webber himself to play the title role when this production was first mounted in summer 2019, and in its subsequent return in 2021 to the London Palladium following the long Covid hiatus, and in the UK and Irish tours in 2022.
Joining him will be Vanessa Fisher as the Narrator. Vanessa starred in the same role in the original 2019 engagement at the London Palladium. (Linzi Hateley, who was due to play the role in Toronto, has had to withdraw due to unforeseen personal circumstances.)
In the role of the Pharaoh will be musical theatre star Tosh Wanogho-Maud, who joins the Joseph company directly following playing one of the Drifters in the West End smash-hit new musical The Drifters Girl.
The 25-member cast also includes some of the best musical theatre talents in the UK, including Erica-Jayne Alden (Dan’s Wife), Shane Antony-Whitely (Issachar), Natalie Bennyworth (Naphtali’s Wife), Jabari Braham (Levi), Ben Brooker (Tailor, Guard), Gemma Buckingham (Levi’s Wife), Thalia Burt (Swing), Meg Darcy (Asher’s Wife), Alexander Day (Swing), Tyler Ephraim (Dan), Iván Fernández González (Swing), Zac Frieze (Asher), Matt Gibson (Reuben), Will Hawksworth (Simeon), Samuel John-Humphreys (Tailor, Guard), Amber Kennedy (Simeon’s Wife), Claire Lander (Swing), Abbie Platts (Reuben’s Wife), Nathan Rigg (Swing), Samantha Shuma (Tailor, Cook), Sam Stones (Naphtali), and Holly Willock (Issachar’s Wife).
This production is famous for its unique casting of Joseph’s brothers. These roles have traditionally been been played by adult actors, but in this production they are brilliantly portrayed by child actors. After extensive auditions, the Toronto engagement has found its child stars. They are Cody Black, Isaac Chan, Chloe Cheung, Jacob Davidov, Jayd Deroché, Jessica Du, Evelyn Fu, Isaac Grates-Myers, Jazmin Headley, Cameron Kuwayti, Nendia Lewars, Lavinia Luk, KJ Romani, Emma Grace Stead, Emily Watt and Charlie Zeltzer.
CHEUNGAbout the musical & this new production
Joseph is the musical that launched the Rice-Lloyd Webber collaboration, becoming a multi-award-winning show performed in over 80 countries and recognized as one of the world’s most beloved family musicals. It features many songs that have gone on to become pop and musical theatre classics, including Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door To Me, There’s One More Angel In Heaven and Go, Go, Go Joseph.
Helmed by director Laurence Connor, whose new productions of Les Misérables (co-directed with James Powell) and The Phantom of the Opera have been seen around the world, this acclaimed new production is choreographed by JoAnn M. Hunter and has set and costumes by Morgan Large, lighting by Ben Cracknell, sound by Gareth Owen, orchestrations by John Cameron, and musical supervision and direction by John Rigby.
This production, produced by Michael Harrison by arrangement with the Really Useful Group Limited, had its premiere in the summer of 2019, opening to rave reviews and playing to sold-out performances. The engagement was so successful it was immediately booked to return in 2020. However, the pandemic delayed it until the summer 2021, when it returned to the Palladium for a second sold-out season. It has since been touring throughout the UK and in Ireland to great success. The Toronto engagagement will be the production's North American premiere.
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“Sensational. Jac Yarrow — a star is born.” - Sunday Express
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"This Joseph has mojo.” - The Times
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“A ritzy production with charm and boasting a stunning debut by Jac Yarrow.” - The Guardian
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“A massive blast of joy.” - The Sun
Bios for Jan Yarrow, Vanessa Fisher & Tosh Wanogho-Maud
Jac was born in Cardiff and graduated with a First Class BA (Honours) from The Arts Educational Schools London in 2019. He sprang to prominence when he made his professional debut as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The London Palladium, to which he returned in 2021. For his performance, Jac garnered unprecedented critical and public acclaim. He was nominated for the 2020 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical; for the 2020 WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actor in a Musical; and won The Stage Debut Award 2019 for Best West End Debut and was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical. Other theatre: Jac returned to the iconic venue to star in Pantoland at The Palladium for Christmas 2020 and 2021.Concerts include: Prince Topher in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Cadogan Hall). Television includes: Musicals: The Greatest Show (BBC); Angelo Bernardone in Glow & Darkness (Dreamlight International), and Jamie Dalton in BAFTA-winning In My Skin (BBC).
Theatre Includes: Mrs Doubtfire: The New Comedy Musical (Manchester Opera House), Legally Blonde (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Bring It On (Southbank Centre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (The London Palladium), Follies (National Theatre), An Officer and a Gentleman (Curve Leicester), Hansel & Gretel (Rose Theatre Kingston), Motown: The Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (UK Tour) and Hairspray (UK Tour). Vanessa is so grateful to be returning to Joseph to make her North American debut and would like to thank her mum and agent Adam for their continued belief in her.
Tosh trained at The Brit School of Performing Arts and Bird College. Most recently he was seen in the Original West End cast as one of the Drifters in The Drifters Girls for which he was nominated for a BroadwayWorld Award.
Theatre credits include: The Drifters Girl (Garrick Theatre, London); Jimmy in Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre); Joe in Show Boat (New
London Theatre); Willie in Show Boat (Sheffield Crucible); Ensemble in The Producers; Ensemble & Cover General/ Mufala in the Original London cast of The Book of Mormon; Cabaret Singer in The Sweet Smell of Success (Arcola Theatre); Rufus/Curtis cover in Save The Last Dance (UK Tour); Ensemble/cover Host in Respect La Diva (West End); Four Eyed Moe in Five Guys Named Moe (Theatre at the Mill); Winston in Whistle Down the Wind (West End); Simba in The Lion King (West End); Oliver!; A Tribute to the King: Elvis Presley; The Variety Show.
TV/Film credits include: Roadkill (BBC 1), Bridgerton (Netflix), A Discovery of Witches (Sky 1), Jingle Jangle (Netflix).