Esther in the Spotlight
a new musical comedy
book, music and lyrics
by Rich Orloff
“Hilarious and surprisingly moving, ESTHER IN THE SPOTLIGHT delighted our audience each and every minute.”
Romemu synagogue, NYC
“A huge hit with our audience. Full of laughs and wonderful songs, this show is an instant Purim classic!”
Harold Green Jewish Theatre, Toronto
“Filled with wit, insight and great heart, ESTHER expresses humanity’s truths.”
Temple Sinai, Toronto
“Witty, smart and sheer fun. A wonderfully layered Purim shpiel.”
Deborah Baer Mozes
NBN Theatre Club, Tel Aviv
An irreverent retelling of the Biblical story of Esther, ESTHER IN THE SPOTLIGHT is written in a style described as “Mel Brooks meets The Bible”. Beyond the plentiful gags, however, is the story of a woman who questions the culture of her time, wonders about her destiny, and yearns to make a difference. The 80-minute musical* has five major characters, with a chorus of four (or more) playing a variety of additional roles. The show can be performed with no set and simple costumes.
(*The show can also be performed in a condensed version, with fewer actors, and in a non-musical version. It’s a very flexible show!)
Six of the show’s nine songs can be viewed on YouTube. They include:
The smart and ever-questioning Esther wonders about the limited paths she’s offered in ancient Persia, as she asks WHAT IS MY SONG?
The deliciously evil Haman encourages the audience to boo him in I LOVE TO BE BOOED.
The pious Mordecai wrestles with whether or not to bow to Haman in WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
The feisty (even when dead) Queen Vashti encourages a reluctant Esther to confront the King about her people’s plight in IT’S YOUR TIME.
Esther admits to the King that she has mixed feelings about her people, but she still wants him to save them in MY PEOPLE.
The playful King Ahashvayroash turns figuring out who the bad guy is into a guessing game, as he sings LET ME GUESS.
ESTHER IN THE SPOTLIGHT premiered at Romemu in New York City and has since been presented by NBN Theatre Club in Tel Aviv and at Temple Sinai in Toronto, co-produced with Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company.
No gefilte fish were harmed in the making of this musical.