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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1999)

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A humourously musical retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph.

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In this filmed adaption of the long-running musical, we see the story of Joseph, son of Jacob. The favoured son, he is betrayed by his jealous brothers and sold into slavery and driven to Egypt. Though beset with adversity, Joseph perseveres through wit and faith and becomes the governor of Egypt, second only to the Pharaoh. This all the sets the scene for when he meets his brothers who have come to Egypt to purchase food. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's Classic Family Musical

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Several of the cast members were already veterans of the musical. Nicholas Colicos, Michael Small, Amanda Courtney-Davies and Wayne Fowkes all played the same roles at the London Palladium in 1991 (with Patrick Clancy playing the same role as well as the Baker). And in the Broadway production in 1993, Robert Torti and Gerry McIntyre also played the same roles as here. Donny Osmond himself had also played Joseph several times in U.S. tours. Also, all the sets and costume designs are based on the Los Angeles version. See more »

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At the very end of "The Song of the King" Joseph is seen at the top of the steps twice with his hand at his chin and in the next shot with both hands at his side, and again later with his hand at his chin. See more »

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Narrator: Some folks dream of the wonders they'll do before they're time on this planet is through. Some just don't have anything planned, they hide their hopes and their heads in the sand. Now I don't say who is wrong, who is right. But if by chance you are here for the night, then all I need is an hour or two to tell the tale of a dreamer like you.
Narrator: We all dream a lot. Some are lucky, some are not. But if you think it, want it, dream it, then it's real. You are what you feel. But all that I...
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Ending credits feature clips of each actor with real name listed and then of that actor in his/her character with that name listed as well. The credits of each of the 11 brothers appear in the same order as they are mentioned during the 'Jacob & Sons Song' scene: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Naphtali, Isaachar, Asher, Dan, Zebulun, Gad, Benjamin, Judah See more »

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Referenced in Danville 2nd Ward Young Men: Rick's Visit July 2011 (2011) See more »

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Those Canaan Days
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performed by David J. Higgins, Richard Attenborough and the Brothers
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The old time movie musical is back!
25 January 2000 | by (London,England) – See all my reviews

Those hoping to see a direct translation of the stage show might be slightly dissapointed. It has lost some of it's wit and charm, but has replaced them with an exuberance reminisant of the old time film musicals, where everyone looked as if they were having the time of their lives. This is what shines through mostly about this video. The feeling that the people involved knew they wanted it to be special, and they have succeded.

They have opened the show up slightly, with the opening set in a school and all the main cast as the teachers. They've added some rather snazzy special effects which on this occassion don't overwhelm the whole film, but help to draw the viewer into the world which they create. There are some wonderful cameos from a few familiar faces and the largely unknown cast of Brothers and Wives shine, with a few stand out performances from some of them. One of the girls reminds me of a young Joyce Grenfell.

Then we have our Two principals Donny Osmond and Maria Friedman. There were a few raised eyebrows when it was announced that Donny would be playing the lead role, but all misgivings are swept away as he makes the part all his very own, with a mixture of playful charm and vitality. Maria Friedman is a screen star in the making, with a charisma that makes her seem a natural for the screen. She has been wowing audiences in the West End for sometime now, but I'm sure that soon Tinseltown will take her and make her the star she should be.

There is very little wrong with this production and I'm sure that it will have been in many peoples Christmas stocking. So while it may not be a gem, you can safely say it is a rough diamond, which in many cases shines much brighter.


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