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1001 Stories Collection

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

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Added on 06th August 2020

Music Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics Tim Rice
First performed in the West End, London 1973

An ever popular musical which tells the story of Joseph in memorable songs.

Story

The musical follows the bible story of Jacob’s favourite son Joseph and his eleven brothers. Joseph is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and ends up imprisoned by an Egyptian noble. While imprisoned he discovers he can interpret dreams and eventually becomes the Pharaoh’s right hand man as he helps end Egypt’s famine.

Why we chose it

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice have created a number of successful musicals. Joseph was originally written for a school for performance by children and it is still regularly performed in schools today.

Where it came from

The story is based on the ‘coat of many colours’ story of Joseph in the book of Genesis in the Bible. It was the first of many collaborations between Rice and Webber to be performed publicly, although at first it was just a 15 minute cantata for a friend’s school in 1968. Webber and Rice continued to work on it and several longer versions were performed throughout the 1960s and 1970s before its premiere in the West End in its current format in 1973. In 1991 a further extended adaptation returned to the West End starring Jason Donovan which has become the most widely known version.

Where it went next

More than 20,000 school and amateur productions of Joseph have been performed, as well as professional performances in over 80 countries.

The music has been extremely popular and the song Any Dream Will Do performed by Jason Donovan reached number 1 in the UK in June 1991.

In 1999 a film version starring Donny Osmond was released.

In 2018 and 2020 special 50th anniversary productions were performed in the UK and US respectively.

Associated stories

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote a number of musicals together including another bible based story Jesus Christ Superstar. Their other hugely successful collaboration was Evita.

Other Lloyd Webber musicals include Phantom of the Opera, Cats and Starlight Express.

Added on 06th August 2020

Music Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics Tim Rice
First performed in the West End, London 1973