The Prince of Egypt at The Dominion Theatre
I always try and avoid reading reviews prior to seeing a show I have already booked for. This helps me go in with an open mind but there seemed to be no way of escaping people’s thoughts of the The Prince of Egypt. However I left the theatre wondering if we had watched the same show!!
The Prince of Egypt is based on the Dreamworks film and follows the story of Rameses and Moses. Ramses is destined to be Pharaoh where as Moses’ destiny is to lead his people to freedom, bringing each other into direct conflict.
The Prince of Egypt is possibly one of the most spectacular shows I have seen for a long time. The set design by Kevin Depinet, combined with projections by Jon Driscoll left me awestruck at times. The set transforms from a room surrounded in hieroglyphics to the parting of the red sea and many more moments in between, each scene is as impressive as the next.
It is not just the scene changes that left me in awe. The choreography by Sean Cheesman was brilliantly varied. At times the cast were embodying the desert itself in some stunning contemporary dance and at other points fusing more traditional Hebrew movements with elements of musical theatre. The ensemble (sometimes literally) throw themselves into each style and ensure that this show is a visual feast on all fronts.
The principle cast within The Prince of Egypt is packed with West End Royalty. Playing the brothers Moses and Ramses is Luke Brady and Liam Tamne who come across with real chemistry. They developed from young men causing mischief together to husbands and those with real responsibility and at each moment felt entirely believable at those stages of their life.
Christine Allado and Alexia Khadime play Tzipporah and Miriam (Moses’ sister with the gift of prophecy). These women are gifted the opportunity to sing the iconic song, ‘When You Believe,’ and a real moment that provides a spine tingling moment in the show. Allado really captures the feisty spirit of Tzipporah as well as a remarkably sensual side whenever she dances.
The music in the show is by Stephen Schwartz and the 14 piece orchestra sounds really full. Team this with moments when the full cast are belting out harmonies during numbers such as ‘Deliver Us’ and a beautiful sound fills the Dominion Theatre. One small criticism is that whilst the ensemble numbers are beautifully rich I would have liked some of the smaller numbers with just one or 2 singers to have a more memorable sound.
The book is by Philip Lazebnik could do with some development, a few moments are on the cheesy side and the final moments of the show seem difficult to reconcile with everything the brothers have gone through. There were moments that were missed with 3 strong women in the story playing second fiddle to the brothers.
Whilst there are a couple of minor niggles with The Prince of Egypt overall it is a visually stunning and exciting show with a cast that embody the meaning of triple threats!
The Prince of Egypt is running until 12th September. To find out more and buy tickets visit their website.