Purim Spiel:  "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Purim" 

At Mishkan Torah, where it is always Purim, the Ways and Means Committee will usher in the 2012 Purim Season by presenting a revised revival of the 1987 hit “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Purim or The Villain Punished.” The show will be presented on Saturday evening, March 3, 2012 at 7:30 . The show is a musical retelling of the Purim story, featuring a score which is taken from Broadway, opera, Gilbert and Sullivan, and good old rock ‘n’ roll. The show features such hits as “We Jews Don’t Bow!” and “We’re Going to the Gallows and We’re Going to Hang Haman!.” The show features over a dozen musical numbers, including several additions to the 1987 production. The gala evening will also feature the Passover Wine sale, light refreshments, and other surprises in the Mishkan Torah tradition. It will be an unforgettable night for all ages!

Real life fiancés Ben Greenfield and Rachel White will star as the royal couple King Ahasuerus and Queen Esther. Dave Herschler will direct the show. Evil villainy will come in the detestable shape of that despicable perfect picture of a potentate prime minister, Haman. You will have a full opportunity to boo and hiss that man you love to hate! The other Purim characters such as the noble Mordechai and harridan Queen Vashti will also be there, along with assorted characters such as Royal Chamberlains, doo-whopping plotters, Miss Upper Lower Turkestan, and Lady Debita, the Lord High Royal Auditor. You won’t want to miss it!

The show is now over.  The cast put on a marvelous performance and a great time was had all.  Eriz Zhang has posted a marvelous write-up of the spiel, complete with pictures and some audio recordings on his blog.