Licensing Company: Concord Theatricals
Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Megamix)
The irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son.
This licensed orchestration is primarily based on the 1993 UK Tour production.
This show is orchestrated to be stick conducted and has 3 keyboard books. It can be a bit misleading because in this version, there are 2 keyboard books (Keyboard 1 & Keyboard 2) as well as a Piano book. However, the Piano book also has keyboard programming essential to the show. On the form below, the Piano Book is marked as Keyboard 3 so be sure to indicate exactly which books you need when ordering.
Keyboard 1 and 2 are both densely programmed and serve as orchestral padding to the live instrumentalists. These books are essential to the sound of the show as many of the sounds included are instruments and passages that were cut from the larger original orchestration. Neither keyboard book is particularly difficult and an advanced high school student could navigate the part as long as they are comfortable with MainStage and lots of patch changes.
The patches in Keyboard 1 are varied and include brass, woodwinds, mallet percussion, guitar, synth elements, and harpsichord among others.
Keyboard 2 is primarily strings but has the occasional brass, woodwinds, sax, clavinet, B3 organ, and choral patches to name a few.
So the Piano book (Keyboard 3) actually has programming in it as well so make sure that if you are utilizing this book with the programming that you have an additional keyboard setup. This book has quite alot of programming and it is essential. This is the primary piano book but along with various acoustic pianos, the patches include a synth “Ice Piano”, electric pianos, harp, pan flutes, and B3 Organ, and several others.
ORIGINAL MUSIC TEAM
1994 Broadway Revival Orchestra
Musical Director: Patrick Vaccariello
Musical Supervisor: Michael Reed
Children’s Choir Director: Janet Rothermel
Conducted by: Patrick Vaccariello
Associate Conductor: Robert Hirschhorn
Keyboards: James Abbott, Robert Hirschhorn, Grant Sturiale
Concert Master: Sanford Allen
Violin: Sylvia D’Avanzo
Viola: Richard Brice
Cello: Francesca Vanasco
Flute/Clarinet/Sax: Andrew Sterman
Oboe/English Horn: Edward Zuhlke
French Horn: Steve Zimmerman
Guitar: J.J. McGeehan and Robby Kirshoff
Bass: Hugh Mason
Drums: Gary Tillman
Percussion: Bill Hayes
“Sha la la, Joseph, you’re doing fine! You and your dreamcoat, ahead of your time!” One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors.
Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family.
The magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, from a parody of French ballads (“Those Canaan Days”), to country-western (“One More Angel in Heaven”) and calypso (“Benjamin Calypso”), along with the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”