Any Dream Will Do (song)

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For the BBC television show, see Any Dream Will Do (TV series).

"Any Dream Will Do" is a popular song written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice for the 1968 musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It is generally the beginning and the concluding song of the musical, sung by the title character of Joseph.

It has been sung by numerous performers. Joe Cuddy's version was a number one hit in Ireland in 1974. The song was voted Broadway Song of the Year in 1981 and won an Ivor Novello Award in 1991.[1]

The song was performed by Jason Donovan, Donny Osmond and Lee Mead at the Concert for Diana on 1 July 2007.

It was notably parodied by Irish radio personality Mario Rosenstock in 2005 as "José and his Amazing Technicolor Overcoat", a send-up of then-Chelsea F.C. manager José Mourinho. It was also parodied by a musical duo Amateur Transplants in their first album Fitness to Practice as "Mr Burton".

1991 single[edit]

"Any Dream Will Do"
Single by Jason Donovan
Released June 1991
Writer(s) Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), Tim Rice (lyrics)
Producer(s) Nigel Wright
Jason Donovan singles chronology
"Any Dream Will Do"
"Happy Together"

In 1991, the song was released as a single by Jason Donovan, who was then playing Joseph in the West End production of the musical at the London Palladium. It was number 1 in the UK singles chart for two weeks in June 1991.[2] "Any Dream Will Do" peaked at number 92 on the Australian ARIA singles chart in August 1991.[3]

The song was also performed by The X Factor duo Same Difference, with Jason Donovan, on 15 December 2007.

Any Dream Will Do and the 2007 single[edit]

"Any Dream Will Do"
Single by Lee Mead
B-side "Close Every Door", with Keith Jack and Lewis Bradley
Released 12 June 2007
Format Digital download, CD
Label Polydor / Really Useful Group
Writer(s) Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), Tim Rice (lyrics)

In 2007, the BBC One television series Any Dream Will Do, named after the song, searched for a new, unknown lead to play Joseph in a West End revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The song was performed by the twelve contestants on the programme as the opening number to the first show, and it was performed again by Lee Mead, voted by the public as the winner of the series, as the finale to the series.

After the series, a single was released featuring "Any Dream Will Do", sung by Mead as the winner, and "Close Every Door", another song from Joseph which had been used each week as a contestant left the programme. It was performed by Mead along with second-placed Keith Jack and third-placed Lewis Bradley.

The single was released for digital download on 12 June 2007 and entered the UK Singles Chart on 17 June at number 18.[4] After being released on CD on 18 June, it charted at number two on 24 June. It was held from the No. 1 spot by Rihanna and Jay-Z with their hit single "Umbrella". Downloads and CD single sales raise funds for the BBC's annual Children in Need charity appeal.[5]


  1. ^ BBC Press Office (22 March 2007). "Any Dream Will Do: Did you know...". Retrieved 22 May 2007. 
  2. ^ The Official UK Charts Company. "All the No. 1's – Any Dream Will Do". Retrieved 24 June 2007. 
  3. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  4. ^ The Official UK Charts Company. "Top 40 Singles Archive". Archived from the original on 15 June 2007. Retrieved 24 June 2007. 
  5. ^ BBC (5 June 2007). "Pudsey Recruits Josephs". Retrieved 9 June 2007. 

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Preceded by
"I Wanna Sex You Up" by Color Me Badd
UK number one single (Jason Donovan version)
29 June – 6 July 1991 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams