Singing star Joe McElderry set to star as Joseph in Sunderland

Joe McElderry is to star as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Sunderland.

Joe McElderry is to star as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Sunderland.

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South Shields-born performer Joe McElderry is set to star as Joseph next summer in Sunderland – and tickets go on sale on Friday.

Joe, who won ITV signing contest The X Factor in 2009, will step into the title role in the UK’s longest-running musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

The show will run at Sunderland Empire Theatre, on High Street West, between May 31 and June 4.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday, and this is Joe’s first major theatrical appearance since a one-off West End gala performance in 2012, as the lead in The Who’s Tommy.

Bill Kenwright’s family musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has sold about 20million tickets since its inception almost 35 years ago.

It tells the biblical story about Joseph, his 11 brothers and the coat of many colours, with hit songs including Jacob and Sons, Close Every Door and Any Dream Will Do.

To book a ticket, call 0844 871 3022.