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Esther — The Musical

Esther logo coloredby Mark Ogden

The Biblical story of staying true to yourself.

YOU’VE READ THE BOOK — NOW DO THE MUSICAL!

From the pages of the best-seller in history — the epic story of Persia’s legendary Queen now comes to the stage!

(Performable by Church, Educational, Professional and Community Groups)

The Biblical story of staying true to yourself and finding courage. Esther is the newly crowned Queen of Persia, wife of Xerxes, and she is Jewish — a refugee from one of Xerxes’ father’s campaigns. No one knows that she is Jewish, or that she is the daughter of the highest ranking Jewish man in the land of Persia. Then the Jews are all condemned to die by Haman, the Prime Minister. Will Esther find the courage and the means to thwart Haman?


PLAY DETAILS:

  • Characters: 7M 7W + soldiers, Jewish refugees, courtiers and visitors
  • About two hours
  • Setting: Several settings or a Unit Set
  • Order # 2070

Soon available for all groups.


PERUSAL MATERIALS

  • The PERUSAL PAGES file (in PDF format) is available here: EstherPERUSAL

SONG LIST

  • ACT ONE
  • #1 — Prelude                     Orchestra
  • Scene 1 — Banquet Hall
  • #2a — Forty Days                Company + Haman
  • #2b — Take A Second Look            Xerxes, Haman, Artabanus
  • #2c — Sometimes A Compromise        Esther
  • #2d — Forty Days (tag)                Company
  • Scene 2 — Harem
  • #3 — With Pen and Ink                Papyrus & Hatach
  • #3a — With Pen and Ink (reprise)        Papyrus & Hatach
  • Scene 3 — Esther’s Suite
  • #4 — Our Little Secret                Esther
  • Scene 4 — Inner Court
  • #5 — Immortal                    Xerxes, Artabanus, Haman
  • #6 — In Spite Of …                Haman, Artabanus
  • Scene 5 — Home of Lady Meres
  • #7 — He’s A Man To Watch            Meres, Haman
  • Scene 6 — Esther’s Suite
  • #8 — She Is Real                Xerxes, Akkadia
  • #8a — Our Little Secret (reprise)            Papyrus
  • Scene 7 — King’s Gate
  • #9 — No Matter What You Do            Mordecai, Leah, Hannah, Jozadak, Judith
  • #10 — Jews                    Artabanus, Captain, Haman, Leah, Hannah, Judith
  • Scene 8 — Inner Court
  • #11 — I Want To Make Things Happen        Esther
  • ACT TWO
  • Scene 1 — In and out of Esther’s Suite
  • #12 — I Want To Make Things Happen (reprise)    Esther
  • #12a — I Can’t Believe It            Akkadia, Papyrus
  • #13 — Free                    Mordecai
  • Scene 2 — Esther’s Suite
  • #14 — Free (Reprise)                Mordecai, Leah
  • Scene 3 — Home of Lady Meres
  • #15 — Everything’s Fine                Haman, Artabanus, Meres,
  • Scene 4 — Outside of Mordecai’s Home
  • Scene 5 — Esther’s Suite
  • #16 — I Want To Make Things Happen (reprise)    Esther
  • Scene 6 — Inner Court
  • #16a — Underscore                Orchestra
  • Scene 7 — Esther’s Suite
  • #17 — Our Little Secret (reprise2)        Hatach, Papyrus, Akkadia, Esther
  • #17a — Because of Him                Hatach, Akkadia
  • Scene 8 — Xerxes’ Suite
  • #18 — Give Him The Works            Haman, Artabanus, Captain, Guard
  • #18a — Give Him The Works (reprise)        Ensemble
  • #18b — Duel Underscore            Orchestra
  • Scene 9 — Esther’s Suite
  • #19 — With Pen and Ink                Hatach, Papyrus,
  • #20 — Immortal: REPRISE (Finale)        Company
  • #21 — Curtain Call                Orchestra

DEMO SAMPLES: (Selected Author Demos, songs not listed here are the newest additions to ESTHER, with the exception of the reprises.)

  • EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.

PURCHASE REHEARSAL MATERIALS:

(Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on your PayPal account?), email us. CDs will be mailed to a snail mail address)

  • Piano-Vocal Score (in PDF format) — Order #2070b : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to make copies for your production)



  • Vocal Book (in PDF Format) — Order #2070c : $15.00 (from which you will be authorized to make copies for your production)



  • Script in PDF format  — Order #2070a : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to make copies for your production)



  • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #2070d : $100




  • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #2070e : $80




  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application
  • Performance-Traks  — Order #2070j : — coming soon



EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.


BILLING REQUIREMENTS:

The following is how the credits should read in all programs, posters, fliers, handbills and other promotional advertising for the show:
Esther — The Musical
Book, Music & Lyrics by
Mark Ogden

NOTE: The names of the Playwright(s), Composer, Lyricist, and Bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness, and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors except for the title of the play.

ALSO:

THIS NOTICE MUST APPEAR IN ALL PROGRAMS, ON ALL POSTERS AND PUBLICITY MATERIALS AND INTERNET ADVERTISING/WEBPAGES FOR THE PLAY:
Esther is presented through special arrangement with Leicester Bay Theatricals.  All authorized materials are also supplied by LBT, www.leicesterbaytheatricals.com”


PRODUCTIONS

  • Cotton Mill Theatre, St. George, Utah — 1990
  • Union Station Theatre,  Ogden, Utah — 1980

 

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