Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It tells the biblical story of Joseph, one of the twelve sons of Jacob, from the Book of Genesis.

Some key details about the musical:

  • It was first composed in 1968 as a short cantata before being expanded into a full musical in the 1970s and early 1980s.
  • The story follows Joseph who is Jacob’s favorite son. His jealous brothers sell him into slavery in Egypt. Through his ability to interpret dreams, Joseph rises to become the right-hand man of the Pharaoh. He eventually makes peace with his brothers when they come to Egypt asking for food during a famine.
  • A main theme is Joseph’s famous “coat of many colors” given to him by his father, which later becomes the “Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” once Joseph reaches Egypt.
  • The musical has a variety of musical styles throughout ranging from country and western, to Broadway pop, 1950s rock and roll, calypso, and more. This allows different characters and emotions to shine through the music.
  • While originally performed as a school production, many popular productions have been staged over the years including a 1991 London revival starring Jason Donovan and a star-studded 1999 film version with Donny Osmond and Joan Collins.

So in summary, it’s an uplifting biblical story told through an eclectic musical score that has made Joseph one of the most successful Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals over the past 50+ years. The coat serves as a central colorful image emphasizing Joseph’s trials and triumphs.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Sunday 25th February 2024

Rehearsals start 10:30am, performance at 4:00pm

At Colden Common Community Centre, SO21 1UU

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