You know - (Being a "non-believer") - I really, really (really) did try to keep an opened mind while watching "Dreamcoat". I really, really did. Really!
But, the truth is - I should have known better than to have viewed this utterly self-righteous nonsense and actually expected to be entertained (even marginally) by it.
Within less than10 minutes I was already bored-to-tears listening to the trite, tiresome, and easily-forgettable Tim Rice/Andrew Webber songs. I really was.
Believe me - When it comes to the likes of religious-themed movie-musicals - "Dreamcoat" was (Indeed) just as insufferably annoying and pretentious as was "Jesus Christ Superstar". (Yet another certified dud)
And, finally - Speaking about that "amazing" (?) Technicolour dreamcoat of Joseph's - (More than anything else) - It sure looked like the flaming frock of a dizzy drag queen to me.
Joseph and the Amazing Techincolor Dreamcoat, based on Andrew Lloyd Webber's and Tim Rice's hit musical, comes to life in the movie adaptation by David Mallet. Donny Osmond leads the movie in an invigorating performance as Joseph, the son of Jacob and brother of eleven other men who get jealous of Joseph's special treatment (and his red-yellow-green-brown-scarlet-black-ochre-peach-ruby-olive-violet-fawn-etc.) coat and sell him into slavery, where he becomes the Pharoah's number two. The colourful and lively movie is based off of the Book of Genesis, but stands by itself as a bright explosion of fun and warm songs. The music spans from western to rock and roll to calypso, appealing to almost anyone. The movie is perfect for families who want to get their young children into musicals, as Joseph is one of the most family-friendly musicals of them all.
- @reallylikesmusicals of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Who said religious stories have to be dull and stuffy? This debut musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Disney's Tim Rice fell through the cracks when it was released for theaters, so it went to DVD (possibly because the picture of Donny Osmond surrounded by a group of suit-and-tie-uniform kids made it look too square for those who would enjoy the songs and irrelevance, and the songs and irrelevance made it too wild for the Ned Flanders out there.)
The musical is bookended by an assembly at what looks like the strictest school in town, with the teachers taking seats on the sidelines, while the said suit-and-tie-uniformed kids sit on wooden benches. Enter Julie Andrews (oops, I mean the Narrator in a part that seems like it was written for Julie Andrews), who takes the entire audience on a magical, mystery tour through the Biblical story of Joseph. There's plenty of colorful special effects and great music ranging from country-and-western to comic opera to rock to disco (Disco??!!). Some of the late 60s -early 70s references may fly over the heads of kids who grew up on "Veggie Tales" but their parents will probably appreciate the King of rock and roll taking the place of the king of Egypt. Fun for the family; even those who don't get all the jokes will probably find at least one song they like.
I really had wanted to see this. I had heard for years what an amazing production it was... I love the story line (The Bible - what's not to love!) but this was rather, very, corny.... I like musicals. I like major productions and theatricals, but this just seemed to mock the story. It was done with irreverence and without really emphasizing how God had orchestrated the incidents to save Joseph's family. Still love the story. Not so much the dramatization of it like this.
Just a very fun movie version of the stage musical. It's great because it has many of the main theater actors in it including of course Donny Osmond who is great in this. Joseph has some of the catchiest music of any musical with lots of variety. Both my young kids loved it too. The Pontifast (spelling?) section was a bit bizarre and some of it is hokey but overall just a fun movie.
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