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14th Dec '13 1:11:47 PM EarlOfSandvich
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->''Way, way back many centuries ago, not long after Literature/TheBible began...''

It's part of the Literature/BookOfGenesis... BUT WITH SINGING.

Really, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (abbreviated as Joseph...Dreamcoat, Dreamcoat, J&tATD, etc. etc.) is simply that: AndrewLloydWebber's BreakthroughHit, it's based on the Biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors.

As a side note, this was the musical by which Donny Osmond, playing the titular Joseph, surpassed George Rose to take the World Record for Most Appearances as a Single Character in a Stage Production. Rose previously held the record for playing Major General Stanley in ''ThePiratesOfPenzance'' over 5200 times on stage; Osmond surpassed this mark, and eventually would go on to play Joseph in over 7000 presentations of the show.
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!!This show provides examples of:

* ActingForTwo: In the film version, because of the FramingDevice of the show being done as an actual school play, all the main roles also play teachers or other faculty at the fictional school.
* AllDesertsHaveCacti: Justified - the "One More Angel" song is meant to have a Western feel.
* AnachronismStew: Done very much on purpose. An ''Music/{{Elvis|Presley}} impersonator'' as Pharaoh. There's also "Those Canaan Days", which features Joseph's brothers and father with French-style clothing and [[JustAStupidAccent ridiculous fake accents.]]
** Not to mention the country-styled "One More Angel", where one of the brothers even says "10-4, good buddy!"
*** Not to mention that the Ishmaelites try to pay for Joseph with a credit card, and there's a slot machine in "Grovel, Grovel"?
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: "There's one more angel in heaven, There's one more star in the sky..."
* BibleTimes
* {{Camp}}: The film, in spades.
* ChekhovsSkill: Joseph's ability to interpret dreams.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Some productions play Joseph as one of these. And it's definitely what his brothers think that he is.
* CoverInnocentEyesAndEars: Even though the scene isn't really worth an eye-covering anyway (a dancer in a leotard), and even though Benjamin is hardly a child.
* CrowdSong: "Go Go Go Joseph".
* CrucifiedHeroShot: Benjamin on the steps of Pharaoh's palace, in the movie, after his {{Frameup}}.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: From "Close Every Door": "Just give me a number, instead of a name" - coupled with the references to the Children of Israel - hearken to the treatment of death-camp inmates during WorldWarII.
* DoubleEntendre: Especially among high school productions, it's practically a contest to see who can make Joseph's dream about his brothers' small, green sheaves seem the most like a penis joke.
** From the "Benjamin Calypso" we have Benjamin being "straighter than the tall palm tree/big bamboo" and "honest as coconuts". Could be a case of HaveAGayOldTime but, considering the rest of the show and the time period it was written in, it's more likely GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Averted. Mrs. Potiphar having her servants hold Joseph while she molests him is one of the few things in the story that isn't played for laughs; he very clearly has the right to decline her advances and she's clearly wrong for forcing herself on him.
* {{Fanservice}}: Apart from shirtless Joseph, among the costumes featured in the movie version? Mrs. Potiphar's costume. Which looks like a bustier ''with pasties.''
** And her servants/handmaidens? [[VaporWear Holy Flurking Sckint]]
** Some productions even turn the wives into this.
* GenderNeutralNarrator: As written, the Narrator has no specific gender, but is now always played by a woman to amend for the complete lack of female characters (other than Potiphar's Wife).
* GroupieBrigade: During "Stone the Crows" in the movie.
* HappinessInSlavery: Joseph would be perfectly happy being enslaved, if it weren't for those darn beautiful women trying to have sex with him all the time.
** To be fair, he worked his way up so he was basically running the house. As far as slave gigs go, it's not the worst you could get.
* ImAHumanitarian: Played for Laughs
--> "No one comes to dinner now/We'd only eat them anyhow."
* InteractiveNarrator: Depends on the production, but in the movie? Interactive enough to dance with the brothers, flirt with Pharaoh, and get hippie-married to Joseph.
* {{Introdump}}: "Jacob & Sons".
* LargeHam: The brothers, Jacob, the chorus, Pharaoh, Potiphar's wife, and the narrator usually are in later productions, which makes it a WorldOfHam.
* LighterAndSofter
* ListSong: Red and yellow and green and brown and scarlet and black and ochre and peach and ruby and olive and violet and fawn and lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve and cream and crimson and silver and rose and azure and lemon and russet and gray and purple and white and pink and orange and blue.
** Reuben was the eldest of the children of Israel...
* MacGuffin: the Technicolor Dreamcoat itself, which Joseph wears for all of five minutes
* MediumAwareness: A few of the lyrics suggest that the characters know they are in a show. For example, the Prologue has the narrator say that she will tell the story of Joseph since the audience are there for a couple of hours. The lyric, "We've read the book and you come out on top" also applies.
** In the movie, when failing to understand Pharaoh's dreams, Joseph flips through the pages of a [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] to find the answer.
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: Joseph's brothers in "Grovel, Grovel". "[[HypocriticalHumor Honesty's our middle name!]]"
* MinorCharacterMajorSong / OneSceneWonder: Pharaoh!Elvis is onstage for about fifteen minutes (counting the contractually-obligated reprise of his single major song), but usually receives high billing in the credits and cast.
* MoodWhiplash: "Benjamin Calypso", a cheery pseudo-Jamaican song which comes just seconds after Benjamin is framed for theft.
** Also in "One More Angel", where the brothers celebrate Joseph's "death" while their father's gone, then pretend to cry whenever he arrives.
** Also, the ensemble goes into the rousing chorus of "Go Go Go Joseph" just after the announcement of the Baker's death.
** For that matter, the somewhat cheery, bouncy "Potiphar" segues immediately into the extremely dramatic, serious [[invoked]] TearJerker of "Close Every Door", which then leads into the above "Go Go Go Joseph".
* OriginalCastPrecedent: The same person usually plays both Jacob and Potiphar, three of the brothers play the baker, butler, and Pharaoh, and sometimes Mrs. Potiphar will be played by one of the wives.
* ParentalFavoritism: The whole plot starts because of this.
* RecurringRiff: "Poor, poor [whoever], whatcha gonna do?" Also, the Prologue becomes the prologue-of-sorts to the second part (Pharaoh Story). Also, "Joseph's Coat" becomes "Pharaoh's Dreams Explained" in the second act.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Potiphar and his wife.
* VillainSong: Potiphar and his wife get their own. The brothers get "One More Angel in Heaven".
* YouCantFightFate: The brothers try to make it so that Joseph's dreams won't come true... And oh, how they fail.

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to:

->''Way, way back many centuries ago, not long after Literature/TheBible began...''

It's part of the Literature/BookOfGenesis... BUT WITH SINGING.

Really, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (abbreviated as Joseph...Dreamcoat, Dreamcoat, J&tATD, etc. etc.) is simply that: AndrewLloydWebber's BreakthroughHit, it's based on the Biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors.

As a side note, this was the musical by which Donny Osmond, playing the titular Joseph, surpassed George Rose to take the World Record for Most Appearances as a Single Character in a Stage Production. Rose previously held the record for playing Major General Stanley in ''ThePiratesOfPenzance'' over 5200 times on stage; Osmond surpassed this mark, and eventually would go on to play Joseph in over 7000 presentations of the show.
----
!!This show provides examples of:

* ActingForTwo: In the film version, because of the FramingDevice of the show being done as an actual school play, all the main roles also play teachers or other faculty at the fictional school.
* AllDesertsHaveCacti: Justified - the "One More Angel" song is meant to have a Western feel.
* AnachronismStew: Done very much on purpose. An ''Music/{{Elvis|Presley}} impersonator'' as Pharaoh. There's also "Those Canaan Days", which features Joseph's brothers and father with French-style clothing and [[JustAStupidAccent ridiculous fake accents.]]
** Not to mention the country-styled "One More Angel", where one of the brothers even says "10-4, good buddy!"
*** Not to mention that the Ishmaelites try to pay for Joseph with a credit card, and there's a slot machine in "Grovel, Grovel"?
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: "There's one more angel in heaven, There's one more star in the sky..."
* BibleTimes
* {{Camp}}: The film, in spades.
* ChekhovsSkill: Joseph's ability to interpret dreams.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Some productions play Joseph as one of these. And it's definitely what his brothers think that he is.
* CoverInnocentEyesAndEars: Even though the scene isn't really worth an eye-covering anyway (a dancer in a leotard), and even though Benjamin is hardly a child.
* CrowdSong: "Go Go Go Joseph".
* CrucifiedHeroShot: Benjamin on the steps of Pharaoh's palace, in the movie, after his {{Frameup}}.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: From "Close Every Door": "Just give me a number, instead of a name" - coupled with the references to the Children of Israel - hearken to the treatment of death-camp inmates during WorldWarII.
* DoubleEntendre: Especially among high school productions, it's practically a contest to see who can make Joseph's dream about his brothers' small, green sheaves seem the most like a penis joke.
** From the "Benjamin Calypso" we have Benjamin being "straighter than the tall palm tree/big bamboo" and "honest as coconuts". Could be a case of HaveAGayOldTime but, considering the rest of the show and the time period it was written in, it's more likely GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Averted. Mrs. Potiphar having her servants hold Joseph while she molests him is one of the few things in the story that isn't played for laughs; he very clearly has the right to decline her advances and she's clearly wrong for forcing herself on him.
* {{Fanservice}}: Apart from shirtless Joseph, among the costumes featured in the movie version? Mrs. Potiphar's costume. Which looks like a bustier ''with pasties.''
** And her servants/handmaidens? [[VaporWear Holy Flurking Sckint]]
** Some productions even turn the wives into this.
* GenderNeutralNarrator: As written, the Narrator has no specific gender, but is now always played by a woman to amend for the complete lack of female characters (other than Potiphar's Wife).
* GroupieBrigade: During "Stone the Crows" in the movie.
* HappinessInSlavery: Joseph would be perfectly happy being enslaved, if it weren't for those darn beautiful women trying to have sex with him all the time.
** To be fair, he worked his way up so he was basically running the house. As far as slave gigs go, it's not the worst you could get.
* ImAHumanitarian: Played for Laughs
--> "No one comes to dinner now/We'd only eat them anyhow."
* InteractiveNarrator: Depends on the production, but in the movie? Interactive enough to dance with the brothers, flirt with Pharaoh, and get hippie-married to Joseph.
* {{Introdump}}: "Jacob & Sons".
* LargeHam: The brothers, Jacob, the chorus, Pharaoh, Potiphar's wife, and the narrator usually are in later productions, which makes it a WorldOfHam.
* LighterAndSofter
* ListSong: Red and yellow and green and brown and scarlet and black and ochre and peach and ruby and olive and violet and fawn and lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve and cream and crimson and silver and rose and azure and lemon and russet and gray and purple and white and pink and orange and blue.
** Reuben was the eldest of the children of Israel...
* MacGuffin: the Technicolor Dreamcoat itself, which Joseph wears for all of five minutes
* MediumAwareness: A few of the lyrics suggest that the characters know they are in a show. For example, the Prologue has the narrator say that she will tell the story of Joseph since the audience are there for a couple of hours. The lyric, "We've read the book and you come out on top" also applies.
** In the movie, when failing to understand Pharaoh's dreams, Joseph flips through the pages of a [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] to find the answer.
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: Joseph's brothers in "Grovel, Grovel". "[[HypocriticalHumor Honesty's our middle name!]]"
* MinorCharacterMajorSong / OneSceneWonder: Pharaoh!Elvis is onstage for about fifteen minutes (counting the contractually-obligated reprise of his single major song), but usually receives high billing in the credits and cast.
* MoodWhiplash: "Benjamin Calypso", a cheery pseudo-Jamaican song which comes just seconds after Benjamin is framed for theft.
** Also in "One More Angel", where the brothers celebrate Joseph's "death" while their father's gone, then pretend to cry whenever he arrives.
** Also, the ensemble goes into the rousing chorus of "Go Go Go Joseph" just after the announcement of the Baker's death.
** For that matter, the somewhat cheery, bouncy "Potiphar" segues immediately into the extremely dramatic, serious [[invoked]] TearJerker of "Close Every Door", which then leads into the above "Go Go Go Joseph".
* OriginalCastPrecedent: The same person usually plays both Jacob and Potiphar, three of the brothers play the baker, butler, and Pharaoh, and sometimes Mrs. Potiphar will be played by one of the wives.
* ParentalFavoritism: The whole plot starts because of this.
* RecurringRiff: "Poor, poor [whoever], whatcha gonna do?" Also, the Prologue becomes the prologue-of-sorts to the second part (Pharaoh Story). Also, "Joseph's Coat" becomes "Pharaoh's Dreams Explained" in the second act.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Potiphar and his wife.
* VillainSong: Potiphar and his wife get their own. The brothers get "One More Angel in Heaven".
* YouCantFightFate: The brothers try to make it so that Joseph's dreams won't come true... And oh, how they fail.

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21st Oct '13 11:30:14 PM Meshakhad
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* AllDesertsHaveCacti: Justified - the "One More Angel" song is meant to have a Western feel.
23rd Sep '13 9:19:32 PM Statalyzer
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* CoverInnocentEyesAndEars: Even though the scene isn't really worth an eye-covering anyway (a dancer in a leotard), and even though Benjamin is hardly a child.



* LargeHam: If the brothers, Jacob, the chorus, Pharaoh, Potiphar's wife, and the narrator usually are in later productions, which makes it a WorldOfHam.

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* LargeHam: If the The brothers, Jacob, the chorus, Pharaoh, Potiphar's wife, and the narrator usually are in later productions, which makes it a WorldOfHam.
20th Aug '13 1:22:29 PM Statalyzer
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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Averted. Mrs. Potiphar having her servants hold Joseph while she molests him is one of the few things in the story that isn't played for laughs; he very clearly has the right to decline her advances and she's clearly wrong for forcing herself on him.
14th Aug '13 2:53:05 PM Angeldeb82
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->''Way, way back many centuries ago, not long after the Bible began...''

It's part of the book of Genesis... BUT WITH SINGING.

to:

->''Way, way back many centuries ago, not long after the Bible Literature/TheBible began...''

It's part of the book of Genesis...Literature/BookOfGenesis... BUT WITH SINGING.



* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: Joseph's brothers in "Grovel, Grovel". "[[HypocriticalHumor Honesty's our middle name]]!"

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* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: Joseph's brothers in "Grovel, Grovel". "[[HypocriticalHumor Honesty's our middle name]]!"name!]]"
1st Jun '13 7:44:57 PM Ingonyama
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** For that matter, the somewhat cheery, bouncy "Potiphar" segues immediately into the extremely dramatic, serious TearJerker of "Close Every Door", which then leads into the above "Go Go Go Joseph".

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** For that matter, the somewhat cheery, bouncy "Potiphar" segues immediately into the extremely dramatic, serious [[invoked]] TearJerker of "Close Every Door", which then leads into the above "Go Go Go Joseph".
1st Jun '13 7:41:14 PM Ingonyama
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* ActingForTwo: In the film version, because of the FramingDevice of the show being done as an actual school play, all the main roles also play teachers or other faculty at the fictional school.



** Also, the ensemble goes into the rousing chorus of "Go go go Joseph!" just after the announcement of the Baker's death.

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** Also, the ensemble goes into the rousing chorus of "Go go go Joseph!" Go Go Joseph" just after the announcement of the Baker's death.death.
** For that matter, the somewhat cheery, bouncy "Potiphar" segues immediately into the extremely dramatic, serious TearJerker of "Close Every Door", which then leads into the above "Go Go Go Joseph".
1st Jun '13 7:37:27 PM Ingonyama
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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: From Close Every Door: "Just give me a number, instead of a name" - coupled with the references to the Children of Israel - hearken to the treatment of death-camp inmates during WorldWarII.

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* CrucifiedHeroShot: Benjamin on the steps of Pharaoh's palace, in the movie, after his {{Frameup}}.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: From Close "Close Every Door: Door": "Just give me a number, instead of a name" - coupled with the references to the Children of Israel - hearken to the treatment of death-camp inmates during WorldWarII.


Added DiffLines:

** From the "Benjamin Calypso" we have Benjamin being "straighter than the tall palm tree/big bamboo" and "honest as coconuts". Could be a case of HaveAGayOldTime but, considering the rest of the show and the time period it was written in, it's more likely GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
9th Feb '13 3:05:18 PM jacq
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* MoodWhiplash: "Benjamin Calypso", a cheery psuedo-Hawaiian song which comes just seconds after Benjamin is framed for theft.

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* MoodWhiplash: "Benjamin Calypso", a cheery psuedo-Hawaiian pseudo-Jamaican song which comes just seconds after Benjamin is framed for theft.
9th Feb '13 10:48:39 AM Angeldeb82
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* AnachronismStew: Done very much on purpose. An ''{{Elvis}} impersonator'' as Pharaoh. There's also "Those Canaan Days", which features Joseph's brothers and father with French-style clothing and [[JustAStupidAccent ridiculous fake accents.]]

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* AnachronismStew: Done very much on purpose. An ''{{Elvis}} ''Music/{{Elvis|Presley}} impersonator'' as Pharaoh. There's also "Those Canaan Days", which features Joseph's brothers and father with French-style clothing and [[JustAStupidAccent ridiculous fake accents.]]



* {{ChekhovsSkill}}: Joseph's ability to interpret dreams.

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* {{ChekhovsSkill}}: ChekhovsSkill: Joseph's ability to interpret dreams.



* CrowdSong: "Go Go Go Joseph"

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* CrowdSong: "Go Go Go Joseph"Joseph".



* FanService: Apart from shirtless Joseph, among the costumes featured in the movie version? Mrs. Potiphar's costume. Which looks like a bustier ''with pasties.''
** And her servants/handmaidens? [[VapourWear Holy Flurking Sckint]]

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* FanService: {{Fanservice}}: Apart from shirtless Joseph, among the costumes featured in the movie version? Mrs. Potiphar's costume. Which looks like a bustier ''with pasties.''
** And her servants/handmaidens? [[VapourWear [[VaporWear Holy Flurking Sckint]]
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