In 1967 Andrew Lloyd Webber was approached by Alan Doggett, the head of Music at Colet Court, St Paul’s Junior School, which Andrew’s younger brother, Julian attended. Doggett wanted Webber to compose a “pop cantata” for the school chorus to sing in their end-of-term concert. Andrew approached friend, Tim Rice, to write lyrics for the project. They toyed with several ideas, but eventually Rice suggested that they write based on the story of Joseph from the book of Genesis.
The first performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat took place in the winter of 1968 at the Old