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Joe McElderry set for next Joseph

The X Factor star steps into Technicolor role

Photograph: Leeds Grand Theatre

Joe McElderry gets set to put on a dazzling coat of many colours as he steps in the title role of the UK’s longest running musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Joe was just 18 when won the sixth series of The X Factor having been mentored by Girls Aloud star Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and beating off fierce competition from Olly Murs and Stacey Solomon. Joe then soared to number one on the UK Singles Charts with his rendition of Miley Cyrus’s The Climb and his debut album Wide Awake went straight in at number 3 on the UK Albums Chart. He has since gone on to have two more top ten albums, and he became the first X Factor star to release four albums, with a fifth in the making.

Joseph marks Joe McElderry’s first major theatrical appearance following a one-off West End gala performance as the lead in The Who’s Tommy in 2012.

Having garnered sensational reviews and standing ovations at every performance since its inception almost 35 years ago, Bill Kenwright’s Amazing’, ‘Superb’, ‘Wonderful’ and ‘Brilliant’ production of this sparkling family musical has now sold an estimated 20 million tickets. This vibrant and exciting retelling of the biblical story about Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours sings out to young and old alike with a score which is crammed wall to wall with hits, including Jacob and Sons, Close Every Door and Any Dream Will Do.

Joe McElderry will play Joseph in theatres around the UK from Spring 2016, with dates and theatres engagements to be announced soon through Entertainment Focus.

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