INTERVIEW: Joe McElderry chats about Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

You are starring in the Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Tell us about the show…
The show is a wonderful feel good production with fantastic music and I always feel with this show there is something for everyone to enjoy it’s a great family friendly show for all ages.

You’ve come along way since your X factor days. What has been your favourite project since winning in 2009?
I have enjoyed many things over the years and mostly because a lot of them have been very different! I loved doing Pop Star To Opera Star, as I learned a whole new genre of music and singing style. Also The Jump! I had a wonderful time as that was something totally different to my professional work.

Who are your biggest inspirations both on and off stage?
I mean, onstage I admire a lot of performers – those who put on a real entertainment show such as Beyoncé, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross. Offstage I am inspired by my friends and family, and I also get to meet a lot of wonderful people in my job on a day to day basis.

Do you have any theatre related superstitions?
My superstition has always been not to have a superstition – then you don’t have to rely on it forever! I think sometimes you can turn yourself a little crazy with pre-show rituals etc, so I’ve never had any. I always have a lot of energy before a show so I just tend to chat a lot. I don’t enjoy silence – I prefer to be around a lot of people.

What is your favourite West End show?
I recently went to see Dreamgirls and that was incredible! I also love Wicked and Les Miserables.

If you could play any part (male or female), what would it be?

I am always open to any part or project that is challenging and pushes me out of my comfort zone. That is always something I look for when decided whether to do a project or not.

What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
I mean, lots of things happen, but I always say it’s how you cover it up! I have tripped and slipped a few times! I once had someone shout in the most silent part of a song that they wanted to marry me and the whole audience burst out laughing. Trying to keep a straight face was certainly a challenge.

What advice would you give any budding actors hoping to follow in your footsteps?
I think the best advice is to be passionate about what you do and be prepared to put in the hard work, but you always have to enjoy what you do.

Why do you think people should come and see the UK tour of Joseph?
I think the show is a great fun show with a wonderful story throughout with iconic music! And if you want to have a little sing and a dance, we have a great mega mix for a bit of a party at the end.

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Questions by Rosie Bambury

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