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THE SPIRIT of Elvis in­hab­its Theatre on the Bay in the per­son of Jonathan Rox­mouth as Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­colour Dream­coat.

In the mati­nee I at­tended, Rox­mouth re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion – dur­ing the show. He struts around in Egyp­tian se­quin bling – ac­ces­sorised with gold sneak­ers which light up (great cos­tume de­sign by Niall Grif­fin).

A rev­e­la­tion for me was watch­ing Louise Duhain fill­ing in as the nar­ra­tor. I was ex­pect­ing to see Bianca le Grange. When it was an­nounced Duhain was play­ing the role I was suprised, but bowled over by her per­for­mance, her multi-lay­ered voice and charis­matic pres­ence.

This was her first role in Cape Town.

Duhain, 24, was born in Bel­gium and moved to South Africa with her fam­ily as a child. She grad­u­ated from Tsh­wane Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy in 2016 and made her pro­fes­sional de­but last year in The Man and the Mouse at the Jo­han­nes­burg Theatre. She was thrilled to land a role in Joseph. “It was unimag­in­able. I was jump­ing up and down.”

For Joseph she is the un­der­study nar­ra­tor and swing.

A swing is a mem­ber of the com­pany who un­der­stud­ies sev­eral cho­rus and/or danc­ing roles. “I cover all the girls’ tracks ex­cept for Mrs Potiphar and the Ap­pache/ Tango girl,” she said.

“I have my set per­for­mances as nar­ra­tor on Satur­days at 2 pm – as­sum­ing no one else is ill or in­jured. In that case I will cover the miss­ing girl’s track. And if Bianca is booked off I will then cover for her re­gard­less of the day.”

It is hard to go wrong with Joseph, but see­ing this pro­duc­tion, I felt a tin­gle; a buzz at see­ing some­thing spe­cial.

It took me back to the won­der of watch­ing the first pro­duc­tion in SA, in the 1970s – with Alvon Col­li­son, Richard Lor­ing and Bruce Mil­lar. The en­tire com­pany is ex­cel- lent: Earl Gre­gory is ter­rific as Joseph. I did not see her but I am told that Bianca le Grange is an im­pres­sive nar­ra­tor.

Joseph and the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­colour Dream­coat is at Theatre on the Bay un­til Novem­ber 5. Tick­ets are R95-R350 at Com­puticket.

Joseph and the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­colour Dream­coat.

Jonathan Rox­mouth as Pharaoh and un­der­study nar­ra­tor Louise Duhain in

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