The Story
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Music
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

Lyrics
TIM RICE
Based on the story of Joseph from the Bible, this light-hearted show was first presented as a cantata at the Colet Court school in London on March 1, 1968 and lasted twenty minutes. Both the orchestra and the singers consisted of pupils of Colet Court, whose head of music had commissioned the work. Although based on the Bible, the story does not come off as religious in any way. God is never mentioned, and the tone is almost always kept up as playful and light.

PHOTOS
1991 London Revival
1993 Broadway Revival
Canadian Production
2007 London Revival
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
Donny Osmond and Maria Friedman lead the DVD cast in a performance of 'Go Go Go Joseph' on the DVD release based on the 1991 London revival.

MUSIC
Any Dream Will Do
Jason Donovan
1991 London Cast Recording

THE STORY

SYNOPSIS

A narrator tells us we are about to hear the story of a person like any one of us - a dreamer - whose dreams came true. We jump back to Biblical times and meet Jacob, who had twelve sons of whom Joseph was his favorite (JACOB AND SONS). To show his love for Joseph, Jacob gives him a multi-coloured coat (JOSEPH'S COAT). Joseph's brothers resent the favoritism and the fact that Joseph has high aspirations (JOSEPH'S DREAMS). Fraught with jealousy, the brothers throw him in a pit and are going to leave him there when they are approached by the Ishmaelites. They change their minds and sell Joseph off to slavery in Egypt, telling their father he had been killed by a goat (POOR POOR JOSEPH / ONE MORE ANGEL IN HEAVEN).

In Egypt, Joseph works for POTIPHAR and manages to achieve great heights by working very hard. But when Potiphar's wife tries to seduce Joseph and they are caught together, Joseph is thrown into prison (POOR POOR JOSEPH / CLOSE EVERY DOOR). Everything seems to be lost but Joseph's hope is rekindled when he interprets the dreams of two other prisoners - the Pharaoh's Butler and Baker (GO GO GO JOSEPH). Up at the palace, Pharaoh is having some very strange dreams himself (PHARAOH STORY / POOR POOR PHARAOH). The butler, now freed, remembers Joseph and tells the king of his interpratative powers. Pharaoh sends for Joseph and the dreams are explained (SONG OF THE KING / PHARAOH'S DREAMS EXPLAINED). There is going to be a period of plenty in the land, followed by a harsh famine. Pharaoh is impressed by Joseph and makes him his second in command (STONE THE CROWS).

Back in Canaan, the future looks rough. Jacob's family is finding it tough, remembering the good times they once had (THOSE CANAAN DAYS). Deciding the cannot live on what they have, THE BROTHERS GO TO EGYPT to ask for food. They appear before Joseph and do not recognise him. Joseph makes them GROVEL, and then accuses Benjamin of stealing his precious golden cup (WHO'S THE THIEF?). The brothers leap to his defence (BENJAMIN CALYPSO) and Joseph sees they are changed men. He reveals himself (JOSPEH ALL THE TIME). Everyone rejoices and Jacob is happy to be reunited with his beloved son (JACOB IN EGYPT). Joseph sings of his dreams once more and displays an even more fabulous technicolor dreamcoat (ANY DREAM WILL DO/GIVE ME MY COLORED COAT).

LIBRETTO

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer THE REALLY USEFUL COMPANY LTD, BILL KENWRIGHT
Cast
Joseph LEE MEAD
Narrator PREEYA KALIDAS
Pharaoh DEAN COLLINSON
Jacob/Potiphar/Guru STEPHEN TATE
Creative
Producer JAMES M. NEDERLANDER, TERRY ALLEN KRAMER, THE REALLY USEFUL COMPANY LTD
Direction STEVEN PIMLOTT
Choreography ANTHONY VAN LAAST
Orchestrations JOHN CAMERON
Musical Director PATRICK VACCARIELLO
Production Design MARK THOMPSON
Lighting Design ANDREW BRIDGE
Sound Design MARTIN LEVAN
Cast
Joseph MICHAEL DAMIAN
Narrator KELLI RABKE
Jacob CLIFFORD DAVID
Pharaoh ROBERT TORTI
Butler GLENN SNEED
Baker BILL NOLTE
Potiphar CLIFFORD DAVID
Mrs. Potiphar JULIE BOND
Creative
Producer THE REALLY USEFUL COMPANY LTD
Direction STEVEN PIMLOTT
Choreography ANTHONY VAN LAAST
Orchestrations JOHN CAMERON
Musical Director MICHAEL DIXON
Production Design MARK THOMPSON
Lighting Design ANDREW BRIDGE
Sound Design MARTIN LEVAN
Cast
Joseph JASON DONOVAN
Narrator LINZI HATELY
Jacob AUBREY WOODS
Pharaoh DAVID EASTER
Butler PAUL TOMKINSON
Baker PATRICK CLANCY
Potiphar AUBREY WOODS
Mrs. Potiphar NADIA STRAHAN
Creative
Producer ZEV BUFMAN, SUSAN R. ROSE, MELVYN J. ESTRIN, SIDNEY SHLENKER, GAIL BERMAN
Direction & Choreography TONY TANNER
Orchestrations MARTIN SILVESTRI & JEREMY STONE
Musical Director DAVID FRIEDMAN
Scenic Design KARL EIQSTI
Costume Design JUDITH DOLAN
Lighting Design BARRY ARNOLD
Sound Design TOM MORSE
Cast
Joseph BILL HUTTON
Narrator LAURIE BEECHMAN
Jacob GORDON STANLEY
Pharaoh TOM CARDER
Butler KENNETH BRYAN
Baker BARRY TARALLO
Potiphar DAVID ARDAO
Mrs. Potiphar RANDON LO
Creative
Producer MICHAEL WHITE, ROBERT STIGWOOD
Direction FRANK DUNLOP
Cast
Joseph GARY BOND
Narrator PETER REEVES
Jacob HENRY WOOLF
Pharaoh PETER BLAKE
Butler RIGGS O'HARA
Baker ROY NORTH
Mrs. Potiphar JOAN HEAL
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

Prologue Narrator
Any Dream Will Do Joseph and Children
Jacob and Sons / Joseph's Coat Narrator, Brothers, Wives, Children, Jacob and Joseph
Joseph's Dreams Narrator, Joseph, Brothers and Female Ensemble
Poor, Poor Joseph Narrator, Brothers and Children
One More Angel in Heaven Reuben, Reuben's Wife, Narrator, Brothers, Wives, Jacob and Children
Potiphar Narrator, Ensemble, Mrs. Potiphar, Potiphar and Joseph
Close Every Door Joseph and Children
Go, Go, Go Joseph Narrator, Butler, Baker, Ensemble, Joseph, Guru and Children


ACT TWO

Pharaoh's Story Narrator and Children
Poor Poor Pharaoh / Song of the King Narrator, Butler, Pharaoh, Children and Ensemble
Pharaoh's Dream Explained Joseph, Ensemble and Children
Stone the Crows Narrator, Pharaoh, Children, Joseph and Female Ensemble
Those Canaan Days Simeon, Jacob, Brothers and Apache Dancers
The Brothers Came to Egypt / Grovel, Grovel Narrator, Brothers, Joseph, Female Ensemble and Children
Who's the Thief? Joseph, Brothers, Female Ensemble and Children
Benjamin Calypso Judah, Brothers, Female Ensemble and Children
Joseph All the Time Narrator, Joseph, Children, Brothers and Female Ensemble
Jacob in Egypt Narrator, Jacob, Children and Ensemble
Any Dream Will Do (Reprise) Joseph, Narrator, Ensemble, Jacob and Children
Give Me My Colored Coat Joseph and Company

Pipe Dream
Urinetown
The Drowsy Chaperone
SIGHTS & SOUNDS

1991 London Production
1993 Broadway Production
Canadian Production
2007 London Production
Artworks/ Posters

Donny Osmond and Maria Friedman lead the DVD cast in a performance of 'Go Go Go Joseph' on the DVD release based on the 1991 London revival.

Any Dream Will Do Jason Donovan 1991 London Cast Recording
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