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Despite all of the children in the school being around eight or nine, Maria's son Toby Sams Friedman, then four, was amongst the school children. He is the boy to whom she directly sings at the beginning.
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Although the DVD was passed as "Exempt from classification" in the U.K., its depictions of Biblical characters smoking and drinking before an audience of schoolchildren rendered the decision controversial. In one scene, Joseph (Donny Osmond) politely declines the offer of a cocktail.
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The role of Apache Dancer in this movie was created especially for Amanda Courtney-Davies.
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The original West End production opened in 1972. The Broadway production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" opened at the Royale Theater on January 27, 1982, ran for seven hundred forty-seven performances, and was nominated for the 1982 Tony Awards for the Best Musical, Book, and Score.
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"Coat of Many Colors" is a mistranslation. According to the highly-respected eleventh-century scholar Muhammed Ibn Ibrahim Al-Thalabi, the original words were "garment with marks". (One of the King James Bible translators added the word "many"). It is not certain what the "marks" were nor what they represented. Some scholars believe that the garment may have been a symbol of Jacob's position as High Priest of the tribe, and that the older brothers were angry because Jacob chose to pass them over and give Joseph the priesthood instead of them.
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Several of the cast members were already veterans of musicals. Nicholas Colicos, Michael Small, Amanda Courtney-Davies, and Wayne Fowkes played the same roles at the London Palladium in 1991 (with Patrick Clancy playing the same role, as well as the Baker). In the Broadway production in 1993, Robert Torti and Gerry McIntyre played the same roles as here. Donny Osmond played Joseph several times in U.S. tours. Also, all of the sets and costume designs are based on the 1991 smash hit London Palladium revival, which starred Jason Donovan (and later Phillip Schofield), which in turn was used for the Broadway version in 1993 with Michael Damian, and again in 2007 for a London revival starring Lee Mead.
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Joseph's tendency to have prophetic dreams was a characteristic also given to Jesus' father Joseph. Joseph's father's name is Jacob, which was also the name of Jesus' brother, although most English-language translations change his name to James.
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Although the English-language Bible describes it as a "coat of many colors", this was actually the result of a translator's replacing the original expression with one that he devised. In fact, it is not known exactly what made Joseph's coat so special, perhaps it bore the colors of his clan.
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