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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

A humourous musical retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph.Following the successful 1998 video release of Cats comes another Andrew Lloyd Webber blockbuster musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and it’s a savvy choice. It hasn’t been represented on film before, it’s short enough (78 minutes) to present without cuts, and it has the star power of former teen icon Donny Osmond, who played over 1,800 performances across North America. Rather than record a live performance, Cats director David Mallet conceived Joseph as a film, though one that is based strongly on codirector Steven Pimlott’s 1991 London revival and relies more on camerawork than venturing beyond its stagelike sets. Lloyd Webber’s first project with lyricist Tim Rice was originally written in 1968 as a school cantata; accordingly, this film uses a framing sequence of a school recital, with an audience of clapping, singing kids and members of the faculty playing the roles. The Old Testament tale of Joseph

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  1. Carolyn McKenzie

    October 9, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Review by Carolyn McKenzie for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    I saw Joseph for the first time about 4 years ago, and wondered why I waited so long to see it. I took my older children (then aged 8 & 9) to see it two years later–they loved it, too! They insisted I buy the soundtrack CD (also an awesome thing to have), and now my three year old bops around the house singing, “Go, go, go Joseph!” Good music, great lyrics, a great evening for the entire family! A must for Andrew Lloyd Weber fans of all ages.

  2. Anonymous

    October 9, 2010 at 8:38 pm

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    I have to say I’m an Andrew Lloyd Webber’s fan. I saw Joseph for the very first time in London five years ago. I think the show is superb; and this video, too. Donny Osmond fits the carachter; but Mary Friedman , as the Narrator, plays her role in an absolutely remarkable way. Excellent the rest of the supporting cast, including Richard Attemborough and Joan Collins as Mrs Potiphar. Without any doubt, the best musical video I ever saw since “Cats”

  3. Anonymous

    October 9, 2010 at 7:50 pm

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    After seeing the teaser ad for this production on the Cats video, I was looking forward to the chance to see it. I’d known about Joseph for years, but had never had the chance to see it on stage. I’m pleased to report that the video was worth the wait.The performers are fantastic. I’d not heard anything of Donny Osmond since his teen idol days, and was pleased to find that he has an even better voice than I’d remembered. Maria Friedman (Narrator) is also a joy to see and hear. In fact, all of the music throughout is so infectious that I’ve found myself humming Joseph songs during lulls at work – and at home – and in the car, well, you get the picture.The sets are colorful and imaginative (my daughter especially enjoys the large Egyptian head with the moving eyes used during the Pharoh’s song (I did have to explain the heavy references to Elvis Presley, but then she’s only 5 — give her time). And the costumers deserve a round of applause for the title “Technicolor Dreamcoat” (let alone the dozens of other gorgeous outfits).If I had any gripe at all, it would be about the copious use of flesh colored body-stockings on the female chorus members in the Egyptian sequences. True, the costuming fits the time and place of the action, but some parents might wish to view it before deciding if it’s appropriate for their younger children (though I didn’t have a problem with my 5-year-old seeing it).All in all, this video is one that will be (and has already been) viewed again and again at our house.

  4. Sydney Head

    October 9, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Review by Sydney Head for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    Ever since I saw this show on stage in LA about ten years ago, I’ve been dying to have a copy I could watch over and over and over… Well, that day has come. I saw the video version on a recent trip to London– and am sold on it’s value. The cast is amazing, lead by Donny Osmond’s unflappable vocal ability. Unlike the cats video, no songs have been cut out, and no songs have been shortened, with the possible exception of the Joseph Megamix, which has been revamped to serve as an end credit theme. The sets have been built as immersive environments, not a filmed version of the stage show. Also of note– a preview before the show of the new production of Jesus Christ Superstar set to come to video this Easter!

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