The Narrator addresses the audience, telling them that if they have an hour or two, she will tell them the story of a boy who had a dream and how it came true (“Prologue”). Joseph appears and sings with the choir about his story: his beautiful coat, losing his coat, and being left alone (“Any Dream Will Do”).
The Narrator introduces Jacob and his twelve sons: Reuben, the eldest, Simeon, Levi, Naphtali, Isaachar, Asher, Dan, Zebulun, Gad, Benjamin, Judah, and Joseph, his favorite (“Jacob and Sons”). Jacob talks about how Joseph's mother was his favorite wife and that Joseph was his favorite because he reminded him of her. The Narrator tells us that through Joseph, Jacob relived his youth and as a result, he showered him with love and praise. The brothers are infuriated when Jacob gave to Joseph a coat of many colors. “Jacob wanted to show the world he loved his son, to make it clear that Joseph was the special one” (“Joseph’s Coat”).
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