Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor coat is one of the most famous musical plays in the world. It covers the biblical story of Joseph and his 'coat of many colours' in a fun and relatable way. Written by the powerhouse musical duo of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, it is full of singalong hits including 'Any Dream Will Do'. It's a great night out with friends and family and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat tickets are a great gift for that hard to buy for person. Head to StubHub to get a great bargain on these tickets.
Facts and origin
The first performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was actually in 1968 as Andrew Lloyd Webber created a 15 pop cantata to play at a local school. He later developed the storyline further and recorded a concept album. It was so popular the album was then fleshed out into a full stage production and was first shown on Broadway in 1971. Unfortunately, they didn't realise how popular the play was going to turn out to be so they sold the rights for 50 guineas after the first performance. Later Andrew Lloyd Wright's group bought them back in 1989 for a cool 1 million pounds! Famous alumni of the cast include pop gurus Jason Donovan, Donny Osmond, and David Partridge. The fun packed show has been nominated for a number of awards over the years including 6 Tony awards. More recently a number of the participants in popular TV talent shows including the X-Factor have gone on to take on roles in recent performances in the UK and the US.
Singing their way to stardom
Nearly 20,000 schools have since put on performances of the play, in part due to its family-friendly themes and singalong tunes which mimic a range of popular music styles. While the play has feature roles of Joseph, Jacob, the narrator and the Pharoah, there are also a number of smaller roles including the 11 brothers of Joseph make it a wide-ranging show for a lot of actors to show their skills. The play is fully sung through with the action and dialogue shown through the music. The themes of family jealousy and rivalry are a popular and relatable way to access the story. It has also been made into a film and an album. The play has been shown in nearly every continent and has included long runs on Broadway and on London's West End. It has also been shown in a range of smaller venues. The play has been running non-stop in the USA since 1995 which is a tribute to its lasting popularity.