In this retelling of the Biblical story, Joseph is a handsome young man who is his father’s favorite child, able to interpret dreams, and the bearer of an amazing coat. Joseph’s eleven brothers are insatiably jealous of hime and sell Joseph into slavery to some passing Ishmaelites. After refusing the advances of his owner’s wife, Joseph is sent to jail. Once in jail, he quickly becomes popular due to his ability to interpret dreams. The Pharaoh soon hears of Joseph’s ability and appoints him to the post of Number Two man in Egypt. Years later, Joseph’s now starving brothers arrive in Egypt and ask Joseph, whom they don’t recognize, for assistance. Joseph, in turn, gives his brothers a scare, but eventually grants them all they desire, reveals his identity, and reunites the family.
Book and Music by Andrew Lloyd Weber, Lyrics by Tim Rice
The next production was a revival of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat.” This time out, the musical was used as a fundraiser. The special draw for the show was the return of thirteen original 1996 cast members, including Kerry Myers who played Joseph. The show had 74 cast members, 41 in the orchestra and 20 working backstage. The production received high praise from the reviewer and the audiences. This version of “Joseph” was a successful fundraiser.