My talented wife wrote this lesson plan, in honor of our local performing arts school (Stage Right! Greensburg)’s production of Joseph this weekend.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, draws its story from the (Old Testament) book of Genesis: Jacob gives his favorite son, Joseph, a gloriously-colored coat, which incites the jealousy of the other 11 sons. Eventually, when they can stand Joseph no more, they sell him into slavery, telling Jacob that Joseph is dead. Joseph ends up in Egypt, where his ability to interpret dreams eventually wins for him the notice and favor of Pharaoh. As famine strikes the land, Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt to beg for food from an important man they do not recognize–the very brother they once wronged.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was the first collaborative work by the now-famous duo of Webber and Rice ever to be performed publicly, though in a much abbreviated form—about 15 minutes worth of music, commissioned for an English boys choir to perform near Easter 1968. Though well- received, and reworked multiple times, Joseph needed the tremendous success of Jesus Christ Superstar a couple years later before it would be fully transformed and expanded into the musical we see today. –via Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Lesson Plans: Activities Related to Stage Musical & Film.