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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1999)

A humourously musical retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph.

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An animated version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on the biblical tale of Joseph, the son of Israel.

Stars: Robert Dallas
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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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Although the English Bible describes it as a 'coat of many colors,' this was actually the result of a translator's replacing the original expression with one that he devised. In fact, it is not known exactly what made Joseph's coat so special - perhaps it bore the colors of his clan. See more »

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During 'The Song of the King' Joseph says "I got the bit about the corn, but I'm not to sure about the cows. So if you could just give it to me one more time, Mr Pharaoh man." Pharaoh then proceeds to sing the verse about the corn again, and not the cows. This is in fact not an error. Pharaoh, an impatient man repeats the last line while Joseph checks for the correct answer in the Bible (held by the Narrator). The same is true for the stage productions. 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 »

Soundtracks

The Brothers Come to Egypt/Grovel, Grovel
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performed by Maria Friedman, Donny Osmond, the Brothers and Company
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Amazing!
29 May 2000 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

I was very impressed about how everything flowed in this production. I have to admit I was very skeptical about how film captures biblical stories, and if you've had the misfortune of seeing NBC's atrocious waste of time "Noah's Ark", it's not hard to be skeptical. However, I was VERY impressed with not only the main principals (Donny Osmond, Maria Friedman) but also with the supporting cast. Any production that can make A-list stars like Lord Richard Attenborough, Joan Collins, and Ian MacNiece take such small roles you know has to be good. I was particularly impressed by the brothers. Among the best of the group were Simeon, Benjamin, Ruben and Judah. I wanted to not like them because, after all, they are the bad guys. But they made me laugh more than anything else, which I believe was the whole point. A splendid variety of music and choreography make this one a keeper. (P.S. My absolute favorite character was Pharoh played by Richard Torti. "Pharoh is in the building!"... classic!


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