About Sing With Esther

One of the most important parts of developing a new musical is the process of workshopping: the process of bringing together singers and musicians to go through the music and provide constructive feedback. With each iteration of feedback, the music gets stronger, more memorable, and one step closer to performance on stage.

Because of COVID-19, traditional workshopping isn’t feasible. So we decided to throw caution to the wind, and rely on the wisdom of thousands of musicians around the world instead. We know you enjoy singing, and your musical interpretations and feedback will make a difference. We are reaching out to select choir directors who might be interested in adding Esther songs to their repertoire (and providing feedback). And we are reaching out to thousands of individual singers who want a unique experience singing these songs in a “virtual” choir (and also providing feedback.)

There are 21 songs that we are looking at workshopping, and will be doing them in groups of two. You can choose to do one, or both. Here are the two current songs that we are looking for input: Corner Block (SATB) and the Finale (SSAATTB).  Both examples below are recorded with optional vocal percussion.

A big thank you to Mallory McGrath, who sang all reference tracks for Soprano and Alto, Robby Burko (Finale arrangement, Tenor, Bass), Jeremy Burko (Corner Block arrangement, Tenor, Bass), and the incredibly talented Jon Jon Rivero, for vocal percussion.  All music was written and produced by Randall Craig.

About Esther the Musical

The story itself has a long pedigree:  like Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, the Esther story is 2500 years old. Esther the Musical is set in the present day, and like our diverse society, has a diverse musical style: from funk, to rap, rock, and fusion.  Its message is timeless, and resonates in today’s world of #metoo, corporate greed, social justice, and the freedom to think for yourself. If you are a producer considering your next season’s productions, more information is available at www.MusicalEsther.com.

Book and Music for Esther the Musical by Randall Craig.

The video below is the MUSICAL THEATER version of the Finale: