The premiere collaboration between iconic songwriting team Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT has become one of the most oft-performed musicals around the world since its debut more than 50 years ago.

Originally presented as a brief pop contata written for the Colet Court School in London, the Bible-based piece was subsequently expanded to become a full theatrical evening following the worldwide success of the duo's next show, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, eventually making its West End debut in 1973. A Broadway mounting followed thereafter in 1982, followed by a plethora of popular revivals in the West End and beyond.

Highlighted by an eminently hummable score featuring ear-grabbing tunes such as "Any Dream Will Do", "Close Every Door", "Go, Go, Go Joseph" and many more, the show has become a staple of schools and regional theaters ever since.

Utilizing a familiar story appealing to multiple generations while also imbuing it with a contemporary sensibility and modern sounds is an essential element of its success and certainly this year's Children's Play Initiative winner will evoke many of the same audience pleasing attributes.

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By Pat CerasaroComment