Show Stoppers Column: Any Dream Will Do for an American Idiot

Nancy Stevens previews a timeless Andrew Lloyd Webber production and the introduction of a modern, explosive Green Day musical…

Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat was the first musical that I appeared in, sporting dodgy dungarees as one of the brothers, and I’ve seen various incarnations since.

I still love the story and the biblically based lyrics, in my opinion, are some of the cleverest penned by Tim Rice, teamed with the brilliance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music.

Originally written for schools back in 1968, Joseph comes to Milton Keynes Theatre from 9th-13th April.

Union J’s Jaymi Hensley dons the Technicolor Dreamcoat for his first ever major musical role.

With new choreography from Gary Lloyd (Thriller Live), this sparkling family musical is brought to life in a technicoloured explosion of joy.

Retelling the biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers, and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Go, Go, Go Joseph, Any Dream Will Do and many more.

The Arts1 Choir which feature in Joseph were formed by auditioning over 100 youngsters from MK who worked with current Urdang trainee and Arts1 vocal coach Libby Hewitt.

Arts1 has a range of choirs for young people and adults, and is soon to be auditioning for a brand-new contemporary acapella choir for experienced singers.

And in complete contrast, Green Day’s explosive rock musical American Idiot arrives at Milton Keynes Theatre on 23rd-27th April to mark the show’s 10th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of the Grammy Award-winning original album.

American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post-9/11 world. The lyrics and book tell a deeply emotional story of political turmoil, rebellion, selfdiscovery, love, lust and loss. Not suitable for under 14s.

Listen to Nancy Stevens’ award winning local arts show on Secklow Sounds 105.5FM on Sunday nights from 6pm-8pm. Listen again at spreaker.com/show/stevens-on-sunday.

This feature was published in the April 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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