My account of the end of an era for a musical triumph.

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Carol M Creasey.

                                                          The Last Night of Joseph.

It’s always sad when something really good comes to an end, and the last night of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, was no exception. This colourful and fast moving show has endured for over 20 years, entertaining children and adults equally, with its fantastic cast, great costumes, and a mixture of humour, drama, and comedy, which both enthralls and delights its enthusiastic audiences, and inspires many of them to return more than once to repeat this very satisfying experience.

There have been a number of different Josephs over the years, and currently this part is being played by Gareth gates, who first came to the public attention in Po Idol in 2001. He took over the role from Lee Mead in February of this year, at a time when the recession was making itself felt, quite a daunting task for a young man who was previously known mainly as being a Pop Singer. He had no acting experience, except briefly as Prince Charming in the pantomime of Cinderella at Wimbledon new Theatre during the Christmas period.

I was curious to see how well he would acquit himself, as Gareth has a stammer, and although it’s under control most of the time because of his sheer determination to beat it, it can rear its ugly head when he is put under stress. I could not imagine myself having the courage to stand up there, amongst a theatre full of people, risking huge embarrassment if I messed up, but apparently he was going to.

I went to the show during the first week, and I was very impressed to see just how versatile he is. His voice has never been in doubt, it is clear, pure and beautiful, and has the effect of moving you to tears at times.  His sincerity positively radiates from him, and his rendition of Close Every door is so moving. His cheeky personality shines through strongly, he is funny, charismatic, and extremely handsome. His portrayal of Joseph has a Peter Pan quality about it, which captures the very heart of the audience. I came away that first day suitably impressed, he wasn’t perfect, but he was very good, and I was sure he would grow with the role, as it was clear he had great potential. I have to add, to his credit, that during the last 4 months, Gareth has played to a packed house almost every night, and the amount of fans clamouring outside the stage door has become so huge, that at times, it has been impossible for him to mingle with them freely as he normally would for pictures and signings because of the safety aspect. It seems once a heart throb always a heart throb, whether he sings pop songs or not, his fans still adore him, and everything he touches turns to gold.

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  • Frances on May 31, 2009

    A brilliant report Carol.

    Having seen Gareth back in March I concur with all you have written.
    He is an exceptional young man with exceptional multi talents.I can\’t express it better than you have.

  • Hayley on May 31, 2009

    A Brilliant report Carol,i agree his role in Joseph was fantastic in singing and acting,his facial expressions i could not get over it was all so professional and the whole cast were good too,ive seen it twice and both times there was a slight individual difference which made the show different and exceptional,loved it welldone Gareth.

  • Rainbow suzie on May 31, 2009

    Fantastic report Carol have to agree with everything you said. Gareth and the rest of the cast where amazing last night in both shows. So sad that it is all over now but cant wait for a new chapter to be open too. Thanks to Gareth and everyone for giving me so much joy over the past few months will never forget this fantastic show.

  • Maria on May 31, 2009

    Thank you so much for writting this carol,i couldnt agree more with everything you said,i couldnt be there on his last date myself but the 2 times ive seen joseph have been absolutely amazing beyond words.

  • Margaret Lynch on May 31, 2009

    I also went to see Joseph and thought that the Show was amazing. Gareth played the part of Joseph superbly. He was professional, very talented and adorable. His acting skills were terrific and I was surprised at just how good he was. And of course, his singing was just beautiful as always, and I was reduced to tears when he sang Close Every Door to Me.
    Gareth you were sensational!

  • emma on May 31, 2009

    gareth gates is joseph!!! for the past 4 months gareth has bought joy and smiles to many, i have been to joseph 15 times and each time i enjoyed it and it bought a smile only gareth can bring to smeones face, he has changed so many lifes and in my case and others saved lives, helping me overcome my fears and strugges bringing sunshine in my lifewhen everything was grey. he mademe feel so special and safe gareth is more than a poster on a bedroom he is the reason i am where i am today, gareth gates is a hero a idol and a life saver and i will forever love him, gareth you were a fantastic joseph and there will never be another as good as you, thankyou for beng you love and suport you forever i am so proud of you emma x x

  • Vera P. on Jun 1, 2009

    Carol,Your report is amazing and says it all,
    The whole show was fantastic,Gareth as Joseph and all the cast.
    I have seen Joseph quite a few times since he started in Feb and right until the last show his voice has grown so strong,it\’s so beautiful it brings tears to my eyes every time he sings,so wonderful,his acting is amazing,and he is funny with the expressions on his dear face are hilarious.
    In the last matinee he saw where I was sitting and said to the butler,\”thats Vera\” so the butler waved to me and said \”Ho hello Vera\”,made my day that Gareth was so lovely and pointed me out.
    For the last four months Gareth has played Joseph he has shown everyone just how ,charming,funny and serous he can be,even when he is serious you can still see that little grin on his face,any audience couldn\’t help loveing him.The most amazing show I have ever seen,I am so proud of our GARETH.

  • Elaine R on Jun 1, 2009

    Gareth was made for the part of Joseph. I have been to many musicals in the West End but never more than once.
    But when I saw Gareth in Joseph, I just had to go again and again and couldnt believe that by the end of the run I had been 7 times.
    His singing and acting were amazing as was the humour. It is very fast moving and you have to see it a few times before you take evrything in that is going on on the stage.
    Just loved him singing Close every Door and Any Dream will do.
    The queues at the stage door started off not too long at first but by the time the final night came it was massive, allmost like the Pop Idol days.
    I think Musical Theatre is where Gareths future lies and thats where we will see him for the time being anyway.

  • ValR on Jun 2, 2009

    Carol you’ve summed up the show perfectly! I went to see the show 4 times having never seen it before, even though I do go to the theatre quite a lot I’ve never really fancied it! Seeing a show that was so full of enthusiasm and energy made me come out of the theatre on a high every time and I can’t wait to see what Gareth will perform in next – he brings something magical to everything he does!

  • Maureen on Jun 2, 2009

    Carol such a wonderful review,
    I have seen 3 previous productions of Joseph but non as humorous or emotional as this one.I was totally immersed in the journey of Joseph from start to finish.Gareth Gates\’s stage presence was mesmerising.So beautiful to look at but his voice brought tears to the eyes,particularly when he sang Close Every Door\’ there was a silence and stillness that seemed to engulf the audience then a rapturous standing ovation that erupted as he reached the climax.The atmosphere in the theatre and the crowds waiting at the stage door after every show clamouring for a pics and signings said it all.
    I can understand why ppl wanted to repeat the experience as i did.All in all a truly wonderful show.Looking forward to seeing more of Gareth in the West End

  • maz on Jun 2, 2009

    thanks for your amazing review carol i’m not good with words but everything i wanted to say about Gareth you said for me and Gareth you were sensational

  • June on Jun 2, 2009

    What a great review Carol. What a fantastic show, the whole cast were brilliant. Gareth was an amazing Joseph, he was confident, charismatic and amusing and his singing was beautiful and so emotional. I saw Joseph in March a again in May, and would of gone alot more if I didn\’t live so far away. Gareth is an amazing young man and so talented. I too, look forward to seeing more of Gareth Gates in the West End.

  • sylvia on Jun 2, 2009

    Thanks for the great review Carol.Gareth was a fantastic Joseph,his singing and acting was fantastic.I have been 3 times to see it and each time i never wanted it to end.Gareth your just amazing,cant wait to hear weather Gareth will be doing more West End.

  • sarahjane teddy girl on Jun 3, 2009

    the last 4 months gareth has given us so much joy and hapiness in playing the role of joseph he has been truly amazing both in the shows and with fans.in the shows he showed every emotion and realistically that you not even think it was acting.his definatley a brilliant actor aswell as singer im so very proud of him.the last show was amazing the audience truly loved it i was one of them.i was vey sad to see it end such a brilliant show and cast and gareth played the most amazing joseph.the humour he added to the show was brilliant he definatly made it his own with his performance.it was a very emotional night for everyone there it was truly amazing.i look forward to seeing future west end shows with gareth in as he such a great actor and singer a true star.

  • Andrea on Jun 3, 2009

    A great review Carol, i agree Gareth is definatly a great actor aswell as a singer. I was at the last show too and it was amazing an i was sad to see it come to an end it is such a brilliant show with a wonderful cast. Am definatly looking forward to future west end shows where Gareth may perform.

  • Gill on Jun 6, 2009

    What a lovely review Carol.I was lucky enough to be at the final showing of Joseph it was amazing, Gareth is a true star, his singing and acting were brilliant. What a sad day it was when it came to an end. Gareth did us and himself proud. The audience loved him, the standing ovation and cheers almost brought the house down.

  • ANN/PETER HARRIS on Jun 8, 2009

    THANK YOU CAROL FOR YOUR BRILLIANT REPORT.I FEEL SO SAD THAT THE SHOW HAS COME TO AN END. IT WAS A PRIVALEDGE FOR ME TO BE THERE AT SEVERAL OF THE SHOWS TO SEE GARETH REALISE HIS DREAM OF PLAYING JOSEPH IN THE WEST END. O BOY DID HE PLAY IT, WITH CARISMA, HUMOUR AND EMOTION THAT WAS SECOND TO NONE . THE STANDING OVATIONS HE RECEIVED WILL SECURE HIM A PLACE IN MUSICAL THEATRE FOR THE FUTURE AND THE ARMY OF FANS WHO AWAITED GARETH EVERYDAY BEFOR AND AFTER THE PERFORMANCES WILL BE THERE FOR HIM . HE MAKES DREAMS COME TRUE WITU SUCH A PERSONAL TOUCH WHEN HE SIGNES YOUR NAME ON THE PROGRAMME ANS ALWAYS HAS TIME TO HAVE PHOTOS WITH YOU. GARETH LOVES HIS SINGING AND HIS FANS, AND WE LOVE HIM . HE HAS BROUGHT SO MUCH JOY INTO OUR LIVES OVER THE YEARS AND WE CAN\’T WAIT TO HEAR WHAT HE\’S DOING NEXT.

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