"Esther, Sweet Esther"
A New Musical/Operetta
Music & Lyrics by Jeremiah Ginsberg
Libretto by Jeremiah Ginsberg & Wendy Ross Ginsberg
Jeremiah and Wendy Ginsberg are pioneers in the creation of Messianic award-winning Biblical musicals.
The Ginsbergsí fourth musical is based on the Book of Esther. Their new comedic-dramatic operetta celebrates the life of Esther, the beautiful Jewish maiden, who miraculously became the Queen of Persia and saved the Jewish people from annihilation at the hands of the evil Prime Minister, Haman.
Haman of Ancient Persia schemed to have all the Jews in the Persian Empire killed. Even as Hamanís plans backfired, this new operetta reminds people that salvation and deliverance will come to the Jewish people, but those who seek her destruction will come to the same fate as Haman who was hanged on the gallows that he had prepared for Estherís cousin, Mordecai, who adopted Esther when her parents died.
In "If I Perish, I Will Perish," one of the major arias in the operetta, Queen Esther proclaims her willingness to endanger her own life by going uninvited into the Kingís presence to intercede for the lives of her Jewish people. She does so at the urgent warning of Mordecai who sings in an aria:
"For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your fatherís house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14)
Filled with gorgeous music, a timeless message, and sprinkled with Jewish humor, the new operetta, "Esther, Sweet Esther," will give audiences a joyous and uplifting theatrical experience.
It dramatizes a message that must be heard by Jews, Christians, and the world at this time of gathering darkness - that Almighty God is waiting with open arms to redeem whosoever will turn to Him!
The three performances of "Esther, Sweet Esther" in Concert at Maranatha Church in Paramus, NJ in August of 2013 were outstanding! Watch fantastic video highlights from "Esther, Sweet Esther" in Concert on our YouTube Channel at http://youtu.be/pGO_5lUkPYU!
The outstanding cast featured: Stephen Len White (International Tour, "Phantom of the Opera"), Christopher Regan (National Tour, "Evita"), George Comtois (First Broadway Revival, "West Side Story"), Denny Hollowell (Core Tenor, Virginia Symphony), Madeline Stern ("Candide," "Cabaret," "West Side Story"), DeAnn Trimarchi (Brooklyn Lyric Opera), Sheila Wormer (Many operatic roles, "The Time of Mendel's Trouble," The Beckett Theatre), Darcy Morrison, Jeremiah Ginsberg (Composer/Author/Director/Producer) and Gary Selman, the famous radio personality from "The Two Nice Jewish Boys!" Choreography by Carolyn Paddock. Music Direction by Peter Fuchs. Les Morrison on Violin, Kirk Baker on Bass.
After such an outstanding and successful theatrical event, the producers desire to bring this great end-time work to the New York City stage. A Concert Version performance in Washington, DC is being planned for the Summer of 2017. Not to be missed! A Gala Event To Celebrate the Victory of Life over Darkness!
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