Animated Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat heads to the big screen

A new animated film of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's biblical musical is in the works.

Animated Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat heads to the big screen

Deadline have reported that Elton John's Rocket Pictures is producing a new animated film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's 1968 musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. STX Entertainment announced the news yesterday at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, where it was reported that the film would feature new songs by Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

Joseph And The Amazing Techicolor Dreamcoat began life as a 15-minute school show in 1968 before being released as a concept album. The West End production was originally mounted in 1973 at the Albery Theatre (now Noel Coward) by Michael White and Robert Stigwood in collaboration with the Young Vic which went on to run for 243 performances.

Having being performed all over the world in amateur, school and church productions the Jason Donovan led production opened at the London Palladium in 1991 in an expanded version. The show's cast album was #1 UK album for two weeks with the single "Any Dream Will Do" also hitting the #1 spot.

The musical was revived at the Adelphi Theatre in 2007 following the BBC One's talent search to find a new West End star which saw Lee Mead win the title role. The musical has continuously toured the UK and continues to be produced around the world.

Lloyd Webber's pop musical tells the story of Joseph from the Bible's Book of Genesis who is given a "coat of many colors" by his father Jacob. Blessed with a gift for interpreting dreams, Joseph works his way out of prison and becomes the Pharaoh's right-hand man.

No casting or further details have been released of the animated film version which is being produced in association with the Really Useful Group. A straight-to-video film version was released in 1999 starring Donny Osmond, Maria Friedman, Richard Attenborough and Joan Collins.

In the meantime - check out the original 1972 TV version of the show starring Gary Bond as Joseph & Peter Reeves as the narrator.


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