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Post Extra Modernizing?
There's obviously lots of opportunities to modernize Joseph (Those Canaan Days, One More Angel, Benjamin Calypso), but they're strictly specific to the score. What are some unconventional ways that you've seen the show modernized? I saw a production where Potiphar was portrayed as Donald Trump and The Baker was portrayed as Paula Deen.

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Some of the few I remember from different productions...

Instead of Biblical costumes, Joseph & his brothers dressed in overalls with their initials on them or jerseys with their names and the numbers of their birth order on them (same basic idea, different execution)

Jacob makes his entrance talking on a cellphone, which the Narrator then uses to take a family photo; at the end, the brothers call Jacob on his cell to inform him that Joseph is in Egypt, and after father and son reunite, the Narrator once again takes a family photo with the phone camera.

The Ishmaelites and/or Potiphar paying for Joseph with a giant credit card

"Potiphar" done with a 20s theme, with Mrs. P. and her maids as flappers

The Potiphars as parodies of LA socialites, with an “Egyptwood” sign in the background, and Potiphar stumbling after his wife with his arms overloaded with shopping bags, even carrying a Tiffany’s bag in his teeth; after they buy Joseph, he hands all the bags over to him

Potiphar as a golf addict, with his slaves in “country club employee”-style t-shirts

Joseph using a feather-duster as a slave, which Mrs. Potiphar takes from him and uses to tickle him during the seduction scene

Potiphar using a laptop to count his money

“Those Canaan Days” set in a café, with the apache dancer as a waitress – the brothers chase/dance after her less for her sexiness and more for the covered food platter she carries, but at the end she lifts the cover and only a fly flies out, which the solo-singer brother catches and eats, a la the film.

Joseph’s “chariot of gold” portrayed as a golden motorcycle


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Post Re: Extra Modernizing?
Vanessa20 wrote:
Some of the few I remember from different productions...

Instead of Biblical costumes, Joseph & his brothers dressed in overalls with their initials on them or jerseys with their names and the numbers of their birth order on them (same basic idea, different execution)

Jacob makes his entrance talking on a cellphone, which the Narrator then uses to take a family photo; at the end, the brothers call Jacob on his cell to inform him that Joseph is in Egypt, and after father and son reunite, the Narrator once again takes a family photo with the phone camera.

The Ishmaelites and/or Potiphar paying for Joseph with a giant credit card

"Potiphar" done with a 20s theme, with Mrs. P. and her maids as flappers

The Potiphars as parodies of LA socialites, with an “Egyptwood” sign in the background, and Potiphar stumbling after his wife with his arms overloaded with shopping bags, even carrying a Tiffany’s bag in his teeth; after they buy Joseph, he hands all the bags over to him

Potiphar as a golf addict, with his slaves in “country club employee”-style t-shirts

Joseph using a feather-duster as a slave, which Mrs. Potiphar takes from him and uses to tickle him during the seduction scene

Potiphar using a laptop to count his money

“Those Canaan Days” set in a café, with the apache dancer as a waitress – the brothers chase/dance after her less for her sexiness and more for the covered food platter she carries, but at the end she lifts the cover and only a fly flies out, which the solo-singer brother catches and eats, a la the film.

Joseph’s “chariot of gold” portrayed as a golden motorcycle
Your first statement I saw done as far back as 1978


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