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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Colicos ...
Reuben (as Nicolas Colicos)
Jeff Blumenkrantz ...
David J. Higgins ...
Levi (as David J Higgins)
Patrick Clancey ...
Issachar (as Patrick Clancy)
Shaun Henson ...
Martin Callaghan ...
Sebastien Torkia ...


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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Did You Know?


Although the DVD was passed as "Exempt from classification" in the UK, its depictions of biblical characters smoking and drinking before an audience of schoolchildren rendered the decision controversial.

In one scene, Joseph (played by Donny Osmond, himself a teetotaler) politely declines the offer of a cocktail. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

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 »


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


Stone the Crows
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performed by Maria Friedman, Robert Torti, Donny Osmond and Company
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Humour and wit abound in this Webber classic!
15 January 2000 | by (Nottingham, England) – See all my reviews

What a gem this new version of Joseph is - a sparkling, lively version of the Lloyd-Webber classic. The songs are performed to perfection and the sets and choreography are brilliant. A strong cast of the famous and the not-so famous (the best of whom by far is Maria Friedman, who, as the Narrator, has a wonderful voice and great stage presence) make the production a delight to watch and sing along to! Children and adults alike will adore its great songs, funky choreography, and humour, making it one for all the family. Donny Osmond doesn't half make a good Joseph too (much to my surprise!).

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