Singing star Joe McElderry will be coming home for Christmas with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
It was revealed today that the show, which sees Joe starring in the title-role, will be at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena for this year’s Christmas season.
Joe has spent the last year touring the production, which appeared at Sunderland Empire last summer, and he says he’s delighted to be performing it on home turf for a fortnight’s run over the festive period.
Speaking to us, the South Shields-born pop star said: “I’ve known for a few weeks so to finally be able to tell everyone is amazing. I’ve done the show on tour in the North East but to be able to do it on such a large scale in the arena is something special, especially with it being Christmas.
“I think it’s a perfect Christmas show. Much like panto, it’s a lot of people’s first experience of the theatre so it holds special memories for them. It’s also got comedy, it’s sad, it’s colourful and it has so much energy, especially in the megamix. I can’t wait to do the megamix in the arena, it will be incredible.”
He added: “What’s also great about the show is that it appeals to so many different ages. I look out into the audience and see so many age ranges, from kids and teenagers, through to grandparents.”
Joe has spent the past year touring the UK starring in the lead role of the hit musical, which features the iconic music and lyrics of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, including Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me.
The classic musical is a vibrant retelling of the biblical story about Joseph, his eleven brothers and his coat of many colours.
The show was the X Factor winner’s first big break into musical theatre and it’s one that’s earned him rave reviews across the country.
Speaking about donning the famous coat for the Bill Kenwright production, Joe said: “When I was first asked to do the show it was the first time I had been involved in a project that’s this intense: it’s ten shows a week on a six month tour.
“There was a certain amount of pressure because so many famous people have played the role and been remembered for it, and I didn’t want to ruin it. But the feedback has been amazing.”
Since Joe was crowned X Factor winner in 2009, he’s enjoyed a number one with his debut single The Climb and went on to release a number of albums, as well as notching up two more reality TV show victories, winning ITV’s Pop Star to Opera star and Channel 4’s The Jump.
Though he’s played the arena stage before with his solo outings, he says the Christmas run of shows will be on a whole new level.
“Ask any young person from the area involved in performing arts what stage they dream of performing on and it’s the arena,” said Joe. “I’ve played it a few times over the years but to do it every night for two weeks will be amazing. As an added bonus I get to go home every night after the show, which is rare for me.”
As well as returning to the role of Joseph in January, 2017 has seen Joe release single Gloria last month, as well as announce his much-anticipated fifth album, Saturday Night at the Movies, and a supporting tour, The Gloria Tour, which will see him play Sunderland Empire on August 10.
The former Harton School pupil said: “The album will be released in July which I can’t wait for. It’s a busy year, but I feel like bringing Joseph to the arena will be a celebration of the year, it’s the icing on the cake.”
•The musical will run at the Metro Radio Arena from December 19 until December 31. For more information, click here.