Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical celebration based on the biblical story of Joseph. Joseph was Lloyd Webber's first musical and collaboration with Tim Rice. Following its original run in London, the musical became a popular choice for amateur theater groups.
Following expansions to the original material from the 1973 production, the show opened on Broadway in 1982 and eventually revived in London in 1991. The 1991 London mounting played the London Palladium and starred Jason Donovan and Linzi Hateley.
Years later, The Really Useful Group decided to film the show for cinemas (which later shifted to a direct to VHS/DVD release instead). The production starred Donny Osmond, directed by David Mallet and based on the expanded 1991 London Palladium production.
Unliked other filmed musical productions, Joseph was shot over a three-week period on three sound stages at Pinewood Studios in London. The Really Useful Group later said they felt the cinematic feel they wanted to achieve with the show could not be executed on a theater stage.
The film became and instant success and recieved postivie notices from critics. It was later released in the US through PBS' Great Performances series.