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This is about the stage musical. For the film, see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1999 film).

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a stage musical based on the Biblical life of Joseph.

CastEdit

Original London cast (1970)Edit

Video production (1991)Edit

PlotEdit

The story is based on the Biblical story of Joseph, found in the Book of Genesis. It is set in a frame in which a narrator is telling a story. She then tells the story of Joseph, another dreamer. In the beginning of the main story Jacob and his 12 sons are introduced. Joseph's brothers are jealous of him for his coat of many colours, a symbol of their father's preference for him. It is clear from Joseph's dreams that he is destined to rule over them. To get rid of him and prevent the dreams from coming true, they attempt fratricide, but then they sell Joseph as a slave to some passing Ishmaelites, who take him to Egypt.

Back home, his brothers, led by Reuben and accompanied by their wives, break the news to Jacob that Joseph has been killed. They show his tattered coat smeared with his blood – really goat blood – as proof that what they say is true. After the bereft Jacob leaves, the brothers and their wives happily celebrate the loss of Joseph.

In Egypt, Joseph is the slave of Egyptian millionaire Potiphar. He rises through the ranks of slaves and servants until he is running Potiphar's house. When Mrs. Potiphar makes advances, Joseph spurns her. She removes his shirt, feels his chest and back, squeezes his rear and blows him kisses. Potiphar overhears, barges in, sees the two together – and jumps to conclusions. Outraged, he throws Joseph in jail. Depressed, Joseph laments the situation – but his spirits rise when he helps two prisoners put in his cell. Both are former servants of the Pharaoh and both have had bizarre dreams. Joseph interprets them. One cellmate, the Baker, will be executed, but the other, the Butler, will be returned to service. Upon hearing this, the rest of the prisoners surround Joseph and encourage him to go after his dreams.

The Narrator tells of impending changes in Joseph's fortunes because the Pharaoh is having dreams that no one can interpret. Now freed, the Butler tells Pharaoh (acted in the style of Elvis Presley) of Joseph and his dream-interpretation skills. Pharaoh orders Joseph to be brought in and the king tells him his dream involving seven fat cows, seven skinny cows, seven healthy ears of corn, and seven dead ears of corn.

Joseph interprets the dream as seven plentiful years of crops followed by seven years of famine. An astonished Pharaoh puts Joseph in charge of carrying out the preparations needed to endure the impending famine, and Joseph becomes the most powerful man in Egypt, second only to Pharaoh himself.

Back home, the famine has caught up with Joseph's brothers, who – led by the brother Simeon – express regret at selling him and deceiving their father. They hear that Egypt still has food and decide to go there to beg for mercy and to be fed, not realising that they will be dealing with Joseph. Joseph gives them sacksful of food and sends them on their way, but plants a golden cup in the sack of his youngest brother, Benjamin. When the brothers try to leave, Joseph stops them, asking about the "stolen cup". Each brother empties his sack, and it is revealed that Benjamin has the cup. Joseph then accuses Benjamin of robbery. The other brothers, led by Judah, beg for mercy for Benjamin, imploring that Joseph take them prisoner and set Benjamin free. Seeing their selflessness and penitence, Joseph reveals himself and sends for his father. The two are reunited for a happy conclusion and Joseph dons his coloured coat once more.

In some productions, the finale is followed by a rock/disco medley of most of the musical's major numbers.

Musical numbersEdit

Act I

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

Act II

  • "Pharaoh's Story" – Narrator, Children
  • "Poor, Poor Pharaoh" – Narrator, Butler, Pharaoh, Children
  • "Song of the King" – Pharaoh, Ensemble
  • "Pharaoh's Dream Explained" – Joseph, Ensemble, Children
  • "Stone the Crows" – Narrator, Pharaoh, Children, Joseph, Female Ensemble
  • "King of My Heart" – Pharaoh
  • "Those Canaan Days" – Simeon, Jacob, Brothers
  • "The Brothers Come To Egypt/Grovel, Grovel" – Narrator, Brothers, Joseph, Female Ensemble, Children
  • "Who's the Thief?" – Joseph, Brothers, Female Ensemble, Children
  • "Benjamin Calypso" – Judah, Brothers (but Benjamin), Female Ensemble, Children
  • "Joseph All the Time" – Narrator, Joseph, Children
  • "Jacob in Egypt" – Narrator, Jacob, Children, Ensemble
  • "Any Dream Will Do" (Reprise) – Joseph, Narrator, Jacob, Ensemble, Children
  • "Joseph Megamix" – Full Company

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