The musical is based on the biblical tale of Joseph, son of Jacob, who is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers after he receives the gift of a splendid coat from his father. The story began as a concept album in 1969 before receiving its professional debut at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1972. The show has been translated into a film, toured extensively and sparked a reality television series to find the next Joseph for the stage, all the while clocking up myriad awards. Not many people would fail to recognise the show’s most famous songs, such as “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door to Me”.
Andrew Lloyd Webber is surely the most famous living composer. Among the 13 musicals he has composed are The Phantom of the Opera and School of Rock, but he has also written a Latin Requiem Mass, two film scores and more besides. He is the recipient of a plethora of prestigious awards and has been granted a knighthood.
Tim Rice is one of the most celebrated British lyricists and a frequent collaborator of Lloyd Webber’s. He too has received a knighthood and a great many awards for his work.
Many a household name has donned the multi-coloured coat to play the starring role, including Jason Donovan, Phillip Schofield, Darren Day and Gareth Gates. A new creative team and casting will be announced for the London Palladium run. Stay tuned for announcements.
Catchy, vibrant and a classic through-and-through, you won’t want to miss Joseph when it runs at the London Palladium from June 2019 until September 2019.