shushan rhapsody

Shushan Rhapsody brings to life the story of Esther, Haman, Vashti, Ahashverosh and Mordechai with hilarious parodies of hits by the band Queen! 

You'll love the parodies of songs like "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "We Are the Champions," and "Fat Bottomed Girls" that also remind us of Esther’s heroism and the evil machinations of Haman.  

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.)

How many characters and songs are in the show?

Shushan Rhapsody features 6 lead speaking roles, a minimum of 4 minor speaking roles, room for many non-speaking characters, and 10 parody songs with many opportunities for both ensemble singing and solos.

Here is the complete list of songs parodied:

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

  • We Are the Champions

  • Fat Bottomed Girls

  • Killer Queen

  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love

  • Don’t Stop Me Now

  • I Want to Break Free

  • Hammer to Fall

  • Somebody to Love

  • Radio Ga Ga


All of the songs in the spiel come with a version that features one melody line and one harmony line. Five of the songs also come with a second version that features full four-part (or occasionally six-part) choral lines. The spiel package includes all of these options so that each congregation can choose what works best for their setup.

what have congregations said about Shushan Rhapsody?

“We just finished Shushan Rhapsody. We got a lot of “this is the best Spiel ever...” etc... It was a hit! Thanks for your work!” 
— Cantor Arik Luck, Temple Emanu-El, San Francisco

“I am so overwhelmed by the talent of our spielers and our band in SHUSHAN RHAPSODY! Thank you to everyone involved! SRO tonight, just the way we like it! Cantor Jamie Marx, you are a gift - thank you!!!”
— Cantor Judy Seplowin, Temple Beth-El, Providence, RI

sounds great! How do I buy it?

Click here to head to the Purim Spiel Store. Like all the spiels on my site, purchasing Shushan Rhapsody 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. 


A brief clip of "I Want to be Queen" from the Purim spiel, Shushan Rhapsody by Cantor Jamie Marx. A parody of "I Want to Break Free" by Queen.

A brief clip of "That Mordechai" from the Purim spiel, Shushan Rhapsody by Cantor Jamie Marx. A parody of "Fat Bottomed Girls" by Queen.