Joseph actor's amazing fortitude

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 March, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 March, 1998, 12:00am

If dancing and singing on stage in a loincloth is not enough of a professional hazard, what about breaking a front tooth in the middle of a musical? That's what happened to David Dixon, the star of the Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber's and Tim Rice's hit musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, which comes to town next month.

While playing the lead role of Joseph, David's microphone receiver pack which was strapped to the back of his head, came loose during a performance in London's West End.

As David swung his head around, the pack hit his front tooth and broke it, exposing a major nerve. The show had to go on and David endured the pain.

Another thing David has to bear at the moment, is his tattoo of an Aztec sun on his left shoulder. The Australian actor, who took over from Jason Donovan in the lead role in London, has to camouflage it with heavy body makeup every performance.

''I decided on the tattoo after my wife tattooed the letter 'D' on her thighs,' he said.

You can catch David playing Joseph from April 30 to May 24 at the Cultural Centre.