Music and Lyrics by Glenna Bowman
Book by Glenna Bowman & Matthew Shead
Audience quotes from Stage Reading, 2/10/2018
"Spectacular!" "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
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 will be presented as a stage reading. Actors will present the entire show, including dialogue and songs, but without sets or full costumes. Audience members will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the show that could impact future development work. This is a unique opportunity you won't want to miss!
DRAMATIST GUILD RECOGNIZES SONG FROM "ESTHER"
Audience favorite, A Gilded Cage, made the list of finalists for the Dramatist Guild (DG) National Conference Songwriter Showcase scheduled for July 27th in New York City. According to Cheryl Coons, Chicago Regional Representative who coordinated the showcase selection process, 117 songs totaling over 6 hours of recorded music, were submitted for consideration and only 10 were chosen for the showcase. While Glenna Bowman's moving ballad was not chosen for the showcase, Coons said, "A Gilded Cage was thought of very highly by the committee." ESTHER co-writers Glenna Bowman and Matthew Shead are honored to have this song recognized among a national pool of talented songwriters.
February 10, 2018
ZACH Theatre, Kleberg Stage
at Lamar and Riverside, behind the Zach Topfer Theatre
Demo tracks recorded at Evil Snail Studios, Austin, TX (Nov 2015 & Nov 2017)
* Special thanks to Matthew Redden for vocals on "Every Time She Walks By!" (Nov 2017)
* Thank you, Megan Rabuse, for reprising Esther in "Living the Dream!" (Nov 2017)
* Nov 2015 tracks recorded by Matthew Edwardsen, Nina Huitt,Evelyn LaLonde,
Peter Littleton, Ann Pittman, Megan Rabuse, Matthew Shead
Thomas Azar (piano), Jeff Azar (drums), Kfir Gov (audio engineer)
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
Rehearsal space provided by Manchaca United Methodist Church.