Video Review: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Reviewed by Peter DeHaan
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoatis a film adaptation of the popular and undying musical of the same name. Although initially written for children and intended to be a school production, it has transcended this original intent to become an ageless classic.
With some poetic license, Dreamcoat retells the Biblical account of Joseph being despised and disposed of by his brothers, languishing in prison, being exalted to power because of his dream-telling ability, and eventually being reunited with his family.
The snappy lyrics, catchy music, and eclectic staging move this music forward at a delightful pace. Joseph is powerfully played by Donny Osmond (who preformed the role over 2,000 times on stage), with the narrator (Maria Friedman) holding the storyline together with her perky delivery. Also notable is Joan Collins as Potipar’s seductive wife (and the reserved piano player).
Although most enjoyable, the costuming is a bit suggestive at times and not appropriate for all audiences.
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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.