Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
While the team of Weber-Rice has produced countless musicals and is considered to be a dynamic duo by their contemporaries, this musical is one of their best productions. The origins of this musical dates back to late 1960’s London, when Joseph was put on for Colet Court School, London, in 1968, as a short 15 minute pop cantata. Later on, in 1969, it was recorded as a concept album in which David Daltrey
, played the role of Joseph and Rice himself played the role of Pharaoh. Vocals were provided by the ‘Mixed Bag’.
During 1969-1970, the dynamic duo of Weber-Rice produced a hugely successful and popular, Jesus Christ Superstar
. It was only after this musical that Joseph started to receive special attention from the team for stage production. Matter of fact, the team used the popular platform provided to them by Jesus Christ Superstar
, to promote Joseph. In the United States it was advertised as "follow-up" to Superstar. After many expansions and transformations, the musical was produced in 1973 in the West End. However, it took the team another year to record the musical in its full format.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
made its debut appearance on Broadway on 27 January 1982, at the Royale Theatre. It continuously ran for well over a year, ending up with 749 performances. It was choreographed and directed by Tony Tanner
, who brought in the musical’s off-Broadway cast before Broadway’s audience. Tom Carder played the role of Pharaoh, Laurie Beechman narrated the story, and the central character of Joseph was played by Bill Hutton. Their mesmerizing performance won the production Tony Award
nominations in ‘Best Original Score’ and ‘Best Musical’ categories.
So what is the story of Joseph and why this peculiar name, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
? As mentioned above, the musical revolves around the story of Joseph. He is perhaps one of the most important characters in the Hebrew Bible
. According to the ‘Book of Genesis’, Joseph was one of the twelve sons of Jacob and Rachel. While all the brothers had the same father, however they had different mothers. Joseph’s step-brothers who were jealous of him sold him into slavery. Yet he rose to become one of the most powerful men in Egypt, second only to the mighty Pharaoh himself. Savior of the Jews, he brought them out of famine stricken Egypt and settled them down in Land of Goshen. It is said that Joseph owned a multicolored garment. While the historians have not yet reached a consensus on the circumstances surrounding the garment but it is assumed that it was either made up of a patchwork of different clothes of different colors or it was just one colored but emanating different shades. So from Joseph’s multi-colored garment comes the name, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
has been copied by schools and amateur stage productions simply because of the fact that it has a family-oriented message. It narrates a meaningful age old story to present day students in an entertaining manner. It is a fact that one can just never go wrong with any production of Weber-Rice team and Joseph, to top it all, is one of their very best. So do not miss out on this great opportunity to watch one of the greatest musicals of all times. Buy your Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Tickets