Monday, March 15, 2010

Spotted: Joan Collins

She begins the film in a conservative school-marm's attire, but boy, does that change! And if you could think of a Biblical role for our former Alexis Carrington Colby of "Dynasty," wouldn't Potiphar's wife come to mind? After all, the saucy Scriptural vixen saw the handsome Joseph and did what she could to tempt him and generally throw him off track.

And that's just what Joan Collins does in the 2000 film adaptation of the London Palladium stage production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, with rich lyrics by Tim Rice, gives Collins a whole new stage presence.

"She was beautiful but eeee-vil," the singers chime along in a scene awash in black and fuchsia as the black-sequin-clad Collins is introduced as Mrs. Potiphar. Aided by her entourage, she slinkily disrobes Donny Osmond's Joseph in front of what must have been stunned audiences. When the brou-ha-ha is discovered by the enraged Potiphar, his wife simply turns up her nose and poses her significant cigarette holder to her lips dismissively. Soooooo Alexis.

And alas, poor Joseph has to pay for her sins. (And the singerific Osmond really outlungs himself in this one, for sure. Doesn't look too bad in his desert briefs, either.)

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