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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to get cinema makeover

Gareth Gates

Story by Jack Foley

JOSEPH and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is to get the big screen treatment.

Andrew Lloyd Webber has now confirmed that the popular stage musical is in development as a film, buoyed by the success of Les Miserables.

Appearing on BBC’s The One Show to promote his new musical, Stephen Ward, Lloyd Webber said the film “was definitely happening”.

He added: “That’s actually been signed on the dotted line.”

“Basically what’s happened is that the success of the movie of Les Mis is that everybody is looking now at old musicals and thinking, is there a possibility of making them again?”

Joseph has been turned into a film only once before, in 1999, with Donny Osmond in the lead role – although it went straight to video.

In stage form, the musical only became a hit in 1991 when Jason Donovan took on the title role. Subsequent productions starred Stephen Gately, Philip Scofield and Lee Mead, who won the BBC talent show Any Dream Will Do.

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