Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Lyrics by Tim Rice | Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar's wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph's gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.
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Trivia for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

In 1982, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT opened on Broadway at the Royale Theatre, where it ran for 747 performances. The show was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Book, Direction, Choreography, and Original Score.
In 1983, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT closed on Broadway after a run of 747 performances, and seven Tony Award nominations.
In 1948 Andrew Lloyd Webber was born, composer of hit musicals CATS, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, EVITA, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, BY JEEVES, ASPECTS OF LOVE, WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND, and SUNSET BOULEVARD.
The birthday of Tim Rice, lyricist and longtime collaborator with Andrew Lloyd Webber on EVITA, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. Rice also contributed lyrics to the Disney films ALADDIN, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and THE LION KING.

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"The best kind of feel-good show, unashamed, warm-hearted and irresistable." — John Peter, Sunday Times, January 01, 1991
"The lyrical vitality gives this show its enduring freshness... This is a show that still comes up on top, every time." — Mark Shenton, What's On Stage, January 01, 2003
"Enormously enjoyable. An evening entirely without the snobbery that so often infects theatre. Real fun." — The Guardian
"Still amazing. An evening of real pleasure." — Daily Telegraph, January 01, 2003
"This enchanting musical explodes like glittering fireworks. A brilliant celbration of words, music and colour." — John Peter, January 01, 1991
"A superb piece of entertainment." — Daily Mail

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In the summer of 1967, Andrew Lloyd Webber was asked by Alan Doggett, head of the Music Department at Colet court, St Paul's Junior School who taught his younger brother, Julian, to write a 'pop cantata' for the school choir to sing at their Easter end of term concert.

Andrew immediately approached his friend Tim Rice to ask if he would write lyrics for the project. After toying with ideas about spies, 007's and the like, Tim suggested the story of Joseph.

The first performance of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT was on a cold winter afternoon on 1st March 1968 at the Old Assembly Hall, Colet Court, Hammersmith.

Accompanied by the School orchestra and conducted by Alan Doggett, the performance was only 20 minutes long.

It was such a success that a second performance was arranged on 12th May 1968 at Central Hall, Westminster, where Andrew's father was the organist. Julian Lloyd Webber gave a classical recital in the first half, along with Bill Lloyd Webber. The audience of approximately 2,500 consisted mainly of parents of the Colet Court boys. To Andrew and Tim's surprise, Derek Jewell, Jazz and Pop Critic for The Sunday Times, saw the show and wrote a favourable review of JOSEPH, which appeared on 19th May 1968. A third performance took place on 9th November 1968 at St Paul, where JOSEPH was expanded to include songs such as 'Potiphar' for the first time.

After seeing Derek Jewell's review, Tim Rice's then employer Norrie Paramor, who produced Cliff Richard among others, encouraged Decca to release an album of the St Paul's Cathedral version of JOSEPH in January 1969. This received several good reviews, but was unsuccessful commercially. At the same time as the album's release, Novello & Co. published the original twenty minutes version of the music and lyrics. As a consequence of the obvious need for financial backing to enable them to continue writing, Andrew Lloyd Webber was introduced to Sefton Myers, an entrepreneur keen to develop new talent in showbusiness and whose main activity was property. His partner, David Land, heard the album and immediately offered Tim and Andrew a management contract which would guarantee them support for 3 years in return for a share of their income. This contract allowed Tim and Andrew to continue their work and made it feasible for Tim to leave his employment with Norrie Paramor.

The first project under their new contract was a second piece for schools, entitled COME BACK RICHARD, YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU, based on the story of Richard I and his minstrel, Blondel. It was performed with Alan Doggett once again as musical director at the City of London School in November 1969, but Andrew and Tim did not take the project further as they had already discussed another idea, the story of Jesus Christ. Tim Rice remained convinced of his second idea for schools and subsequently developed it into the musical BLONDEL.

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice then went on to write JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. It was the success of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR that enabled JOSEPH to continue to grow. The album of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR was a massive success in America and when JOSEPH was released there, with a marketing campaign implying it was the follow-up to SUPERSTAR, the JOSEPH album stayed in the charts for three months.

Sadly, before the success of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR had really emerged, Sefton Myers died of cancer. David Land subsequently involved Robert Stigwood in the management contract with Andrew and Tim, which was extended to cover a 10 year period, and a very happy association with David Land on behalf of the Robert Stigwood Organisation followed.

In September 1972 Frank Dunlop for the Young Vic directed the Decca album version of JOSEPH starring Gary Bond, at the Edinburgh Festival, where it was preceded by an act of medieval mystery plays that led to the story of the 'Coat of Many Colours'. In October the Edinburgh production played at the Young Vic for two weeks before transferring to the Roundhouse for a six week run. Michael White and Robert Stigwood subsequently presented the Edinburgh JOSEPH at the Albery Theatre, where it opened on 17th February 1973 and was accompanied by a piece called Jacob's Journey, written by Tim and Andrew with dialogue by Alan Simpson and Ray Galton. This told the story of the early life of Joseph's father, Jacob.

Unfortunately, it was decided that the combination of Jacob's Journey, which contained a lot of spoken dialogue, and JOSEPH, entirely sung, did not work and Jacob's Journey was gradually phased out. JOSEPH emerged to receive its first major production in its present form at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester.

The history of JOSEPH in America is not dissimilar. The first amateur production in America was in May 1970 at the College of the Immaculate Conception in Douglastown, New York. There followed huge interest form colleges and schools but, despite various professional productions including two in New York, it was so successful that on 27th January 1982 it moved to the Royale Theatre on Broadway.

Twenty three years on, it is intriguing to note that in the year of the first performance (and three months before Jason Donovan was born), the copyright on JOSEPH was sold by Andrew and Tim to Novello & Co. for 50 guineas each. Novello & Co. was subsequently purchased by Filmtrax, who continue to own the copyrights until 21st April 1989, when the Really Useful Group purchased it for £1 million.

Although JOSEPH has been performed by both professional and amateur companies all over the world and by thousands of schools, this is the first professional production to incorporate the children's choir as an integral part of the production.

From the Palladium production programme.


Awards for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Laurence Olivier Awards (London)

January 01, 1982 — 2 Awards for Best Set Design and Best Costume Design
January 01, 1992 — 2 Awards for Best Set Design and Best Costume Design

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Cast Requirements for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

PRINCIPALS
6 Men
1 Narrator (May be Male or Female)

FEATURED
11 Men
1 Woman

ENSEMBLE
Chorus of Men (doubled by Brothers) and Women
Optional Children's Chorus

CHARACTERS
Joseph
Narrator
Potiphar
Asher
Simeon
Butler
Pharaoh
Benjamin
Judah
Reuben
Issachar
Mrs. Potiphar
Levi
Dan
Naphtali
Jacob
Gad
Baker
Zebulon

Set Requirements for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT takes place 'way, way back many centuries ago, not long after the Bible began' in the land of Canaan and Egypt.

SETTINGS INCLUDE
Jacob's home
The desert
Potiphar's home
A jail cell
Pharaoh's palace

Materials Notes

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