Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

By Tor Devereux | Posted: Thursday March 14, 2024

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was the first publicly performed musical created by Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics), who have together and individually been involved with some of the most famous and successful musicals of all time.

The earliest and much shorter version of Joseph dates back to 1968 (a 15 minute piece that was written for a school choir to perform), while a longer version was first produced in the West End in 1973 with the current version performed the following year in Leicester. In 1982 Joseph premiered on Broadway.

This vibrant and fun musical is based on the Biblical story in Genesis of Joseph, his eleven brothers, and their father Jacob. Joseph is his father’s favourite son and Jacob’s gift to Joseph of a multi-coloured coat is the final straw for his jealous brothers. They sell Joseph as a slave and he is taken to Egypt, while the brothers tell their father that Joseph has died.

Although he works hard and is admired by his Egyptian master Potiphar, Joseph ends up in jail as a result of a misunderstanding. Joseph’s reputation as someone who can correctly interpret dreams eventually gets the attention of Pharaoh who has himself been having unusual dreams he cannot understand.

Pharaoh is so impressed by Joseph’s ability to find meaning in dreams that he makes him his second in command, and Joseph’s plan to get Egypt through the seven years of famine he foresaw in Pharaoh’s dream is incredibly successful.

Meanwhile, Joseph’s brothers back in Canaan are starving and they decide to travel to Egypt in search of food. Joseph recognises them immediately, but they have no idea who Joseph is. Joseph tests their integrity and, satisfied they have changed, reveals himself to them and they are all reconciled.

The Trinity performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a fun and enjoyable musical filled with catchy songs, will take place 21-24 May 2024. Keep an eye out each week for more information about the show.