Music and Lyrics by Glenna Bowman
Book by Glenna Bowman & Matthew Shead
Set in Ancient Persia, "Esther, A New Musical," is the tale of a young Jewish woman who dreams of traveling the world. But when the king's anti-Semitic advisor conscripts young virgins from across the land to choose a new queen, Esther finds herself unwillingly at the center of the king's court, where she discovers the most important choices in life are often those we make when we are out of options.
This original work was presented as a staged reading. Actors presented the entire show, including dialogue and songs, but without sets or full costumes. Audience members provided feedback on the show that is being used to inform future development work.
Audience quotes from Stage Reading, 2/10/2018
"I loved the plot and characters!"
"Gorgeous music! First class talent."
"Clever, funny, substantial"
"Incredibly talented cast!"
"Overall entertaining and inspiring show!"
ESTHER (HADASSAH) - Ryan Smith
MORDECAI - Steve Williams
KING XERXES - Matthew Redden
DALIA - Jessica Brynn Cohen
HARBONA - Phil Rodriguez
HEGAI - Kirk Kelso
TAMIR - Bennett Neiman
SURI - Emily Villarreal
HAMAN - Creighton Moench
ZERESH - Laura Freeman
AMIRA - Elizabeth Neiman
HATHAK - Jeremiah Abdullah
JUILY - Susan Johnston Taylor
ENSEMBLE - Michele' Crowder