"Joseph" has always been one of my favourite musicals and after seeing it with a 'contemporary twist', in Auckland yesterday, it continues to be so. I thought perhaps it might be a little too modern for me but not at all. The producers fiddled with the music a little, claiming to be parodying various musical styles but the story and the music was basically unchanged. The energy, the wit, the colour was still all there. And I loved it!
I thought it was the perfect birthday gift from my children. And thanks to my friend, Chris for driving me to and from Auckland and for her company for the day.
We arrived in Auckland in time for a visit to Smith & Caughey, a very nice old style department school, although there is nothing old fashioned about it. One of my daughters can expect a birthday gift purchased there. We enjoyed our lunch in their cafe, too. The majority of tables were taken by elegantly dressed older ladies who I suspect were also on an outing for the Joseph matinee. At the show itself there were quite a number of families and our show experience was enhanced by sharing the pleasure of a little 3-4 year old girl sitting in front of us. Years ago I wouldn't have been caught dead at a matinee with all the old ladies and little children. Now it feels comfortable. How times change!
The rather lovely Civic Theatre in Auckland
The lights above us inside the theatre
Statue of Lord Auckland in the square. He was the first lord of the Admiralty in 1834, then served as Governor General of India from1835 to 1842. This statue stood in Calcutta until 1968 when it was presented to the city of Auckland. Rather grand, isn't he?
Auckland town hall clock tower slowly being overtaken by its neighbours. Unfortunately I'm not talking about the trees.
And then a pretty sunset to finish a lovely day.