Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat description
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat – Revived!
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is set to return to the London Palladium in 2019 after a ten year absence from the West End stage.
The musical weaves the legend of Joseph and his coat of many colours, told by The Narrator and with very little actual spoken dialogue. It's almost all sung. The plot is lifted from the biblical book of Genesis, a story that Lloyd Webber and Rice originally created as a concept album in 1969. The musical play version finally made its way to the stage in 1972, at the Edinburgh Festival, produced by the Young Vic and moved there shortly afterwards.
Joseph has seldom been off the stage ever since that first London production. It has been presented by schools, universities, dramatics groups and theatre troupes, amateur and professional, time and time again. The experts say it has been produced more than 20,000 times since 2008 alone.
It's great to see the show back at the Palladium where, In 1991, Aussie Neighbours star Jason Donovan played a key, stage career-defining role. The same production, from the Palladium, enjoyed a revival at the Adelphi in 2007, with BBC talent show winner Lee Mead in the leading role. Gareth Gates, another TV talent show winner, took over in early 2009. And this is the first time Joseph has been produced in the West End since then. No wonder the excitement is mounting.
This musical's score really is a classic. It includes the show tunes Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door, Benjamin Calypso, Go, Go, Go Joseph, One More Angel in Heaven, Poor Poor Joseph and a whole lot more, many of which will sound familiar since they've worked their way into the national consciousness over the decades.
The cast album has proved very popular over the years, too. Take the cast recording of the 1991 production, the one with Jason Donovan at the helm. It spent two weeks at the top of the music charts, as did the single release of the most famous tune of all, Any Dream Will Do.
Joseph was nominated for six Tonys in 1982 and had three Drama Desk Award nominations during the same year. 1992 saw the show attract six Olivier nominations, winning one for Best Set Designer. The 2004 revival was nominated for an Olivier for Best Musical Revival in 2004.
In 1999 Donny Osmond starred in a glittering direct-to-video film version of the same name, directed by David Mallet and based on Steven Pimlott's 1991 London Palladium production, which had also toured North America after opening the Toronto revival in '92.
This thrilling brand new production celebrates the show's 50th anniversary, bringing the hit musical back to the capital and giving the original lyrics and composition by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice a fresh new face.
Playing at London Palladium
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