Saturday, October 4, 2014

Musical Movie Review: Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat

This is the first Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice musical to be presented publicly.  It was first presented as a 15-minute pop production, but has since been extended.  This is one of my favorite musicals.  Listening to Donnie Osmond sing "Close Every Door to Me" is enough to entertain anyone.  It is funny how Andrew Lloyd Webber puts so many different types of music into this, and makes a satirical play on all of them.  This includes French Cantina, Country, hippy go-go with a guru, rock and roll.  In addition to Osmond as Joseph, Maria Friedman portrays the narrator, Richard Attenborough as Jacob, Joan Collins as Mrs. Potiphar, Robert Torti as Pharaoh.
This presentation sets itself up as telling the story to school children, who also make the children's chorus.  The eleven brothers of Joseph do a very good job.  

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