I GUESS THAT’S WHY THEY CALL IT A SPIEL

I Guess That’s Why They Call It A Spiel tells the inspirational story of Esther, Haman, Vashti, Ahashverosh and Mordechai with hilarious parodies of hits by Elton John! 

This family-friendly spiel will keep you laughing with non-stop jokes, and bring our sacred scripture to life for your entire community.

Included in the digital package, you'll receive:

  • A full script and fully notated sheet music;

  • A professionally-designed poster, in both JPG and PDF formats;

  • Performance-ready "Karaoke" tracks (piano accompaniment only)

  • Suggested megillah readings between each scene;

  • A license for unlimited copies of the script and sheet music. (One license per organization per production, please.)

why are there two versions in your store? what is the “lion king edition”?

The “standard” version of I Guess That’s Why They Call It A Spiel features 9 pop hits by Elton John. Here is the complete list of songs parodied in that version:

  • Your Song

  • Bennie and the Jets

  • Crocodile Rock

  • Pinball Wizard

  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight

  • I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues

  • Rocketman

  • I’m Still Standing

  • Take Me to the Pilot

The “Lion King Edition” of I Guess That’s Why They Call It A Spiel features all 4 major songs from The Lion King (1994) written by Elton John together with 5 of his biggest pop hits. Here is the complete list of songs parodied in the “Lion King Edition”:

  • Circle of Life

  • Your Song

  • Bennie and the Jets

  • I Just Can’t Wait to be King

  • Pinball Wizard

  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight

  • Hakuna Matata

  • Rocketman

  • I’m Still Standing

The scripts are slightly different to set up the songs and scenes appropriately.

How many characters and songs are in the show?

I Guess That’s Why They Call It a Spiel features 6 lead speaking roles, as many as 8 minor speaking roles, room for many non-speaking characters, and 9 parody songs with opportunities for both ensemble singing and solos.

sounds great! How do I buy it?

Click here to head to the Purim Spiel Store. Like all the spiels on my site, purchasing I Guess That’s Why They Call It a Spiel is simple, fast and 100% digital. The website accepts all major credit cards and the confirmation email will include a link to download a ZIP file with all of the materials. Within minutes, you will be downloading the posters, MP3s, and PDF scripts in one convenient digital package.

want some songs transposed?

All songs can be individually transposed to the key of your choice. I charge a nominal fee of $10 per transposition, which includes the sheet music as well as the accompaniment track. Please email me with any requests. 


sample video clips

A preview of "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" from "I Guess That's Why They Call It a Spiel" Purim spiel, written by Cantor Jamie Marx.

A preview of "Vashti's All You Get" (a parody of "Bennie and the Jets") from "I Guess That's Why They Call It a Spiel", written by Cantor Jamie Marx.