Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Donny Osmond in the 1999 Joseph Film (Photo: Alex Bailey)

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Donny Osmond in the 1999 Joseph film (Photo: Alex Bailey)

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Donny Osmond in the 1999 Joseph Film (Photo: Alex Bailey)

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Donny Osmond in the 1999 Joseph film (Photo: Alex Bailey)

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Ian McNeice & Maria Friedman in the 1999 Joseph film (Photo: Alex Bailey)

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Ace Young and Diana Degarmo in the 2014 U.S. tour of Joseph (Photo: Daniel A Swalec)

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Joseph – Petersfield Youth Theatre (Photo: Michel Focard de Fontifiguieres)

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Russian production at St. Petersburg's Karambol Theatre in October 2016

The irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son.

Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, sha la la Joseph you’re doing fine! You and your dreamcoat ahead of your time! One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors.

Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family.

The magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, from a parody of French ballads (“Those Canaan Days”), to country-western (“One More Angel in Heaven”) and calypso (“Benjamin Calypso”), along with the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.” There are a variety of different versions of Joseph available for licensing; check out the “Orchestra / Instrumentation” tab below for more information. When you’ve made your choice, click “Request License” and pick the Orchestration Package that suits you.  Questions? The Musical Company’s team is here to help.

Appropriate for all audiences and groups, Joseph is performed hundreds of times a year by schools across North America, the U.K. and around the world.

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Watch videos from the show

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice on why schools love Joseph
  • Donny Osmond sings “Close Every Door”
  • Three Josephs sing “Any Dream Will Do” at the 2007 Diana Memorial Concert
  • Plume School's Joseph in 2010
  • "Go Go Go Joseph" from The Performer's School 2014 production of Joseph with more clips from the show
  • Houston High School's Joseph in 2016

Show tags

Performance Group: Amateur Society, Camp/Studio, Children’s Theatre, College, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Elementary / Middle School, High School, Outdoor, Performing Arts School, Primary School, Religious, Secondary School, Theatre For Young Audiences, University, Youth Group

Type: Book Musical, Sung Through

Style: Classic Broadway, Operetta, Pop/Rock

Size of Orchestra: Medium

Setting: Fantasy, Period/Historical

Genre: Adaptation (Literature), Faith-based, Family

Vocal Demands: Easy

Dance Requirements: Easy, Moderate

Cast Size: Flexible, Medium, Small

Casting Opportunities: Children, Ensemble Cast, Expandable Casting, Multicultural Casting, Non-Traditional Casting, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male, Teen

Target Audience: Appropriate For All Audiences, Children, Pre-Teen, Teen

Award Recognition: Broadway, Olivier, West End

Collection: Community Theatre Favorites, Most popular, Religious Themes, School Favorites, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male

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