It might be a little late to write about Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat right now, as the last performance in Budapest will be performed tonight at 19:00, but December 23 I had the joy of visiting Madach Theatre in Budapest to watch, you guessed right, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (József és a színes szélesvásznú álomkabát). It was a surprise for me, so therefore I had no time to get high expectations, and the truth is I knew very little about this piece before I arrived.
The story deals with the character Joseph from the Bible, the son of Jacob, and his dreams and how they become reality. The songs tells the story from the Bible with great punctuality, and with some highlights such as when Pharaoh sings as if he was Elvis. The songs of the musical are those that get stuck on your mind, so walking home after the performance the melodies were played over and over again in my head.
Of course the play was in Hungarian, and we congratulate Attila Galambos and Blum Tamas with a great tranlsation. The Hungarian texts were just as good as the English, and a joy for the ear to hear. English lyrics were shown above the scene during the play, but the bad thing was that the stage is so big, that if you watch the lyrics, you will not see what is happening on the stage. If you sit at ground level you might get some neck problems as well! The solution might be to buy a ticket on one of the galleries.
All tickets are sold out for tonights performance, but if it will ever come back to Madách Színház we warmly recommend Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to all people who love music and musicals.
In my oppinion this gets ten out of ten smileys.
Hungarian title: József és a színesvásznú álomkabát
Made by: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice