ONE NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM
Book, Music and Lyrics by John Ludwig
Cast: 19 to 28. 13 males (doubling possible), 3 females (doubling to 2)
3-12 minor characters and extras (captain of the guard, shepherds, Wise Men, priests, courtiers, and crowds)
Script: 47 pages.
"One night in Bethlehem, and the world was not the same." This is how God's redemptive love story begins and ends in this 13-song musical. This biblically accurate show unpacks the events up to and including the birth of Jesus as told in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. God's plan for humanity's salvation begins with unexpected people the world wouldn't choose, but who are called to these eternally remembered roles. The approachable angel Gabriel (Gabe) brings God's messages to Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, and the Wise Men. He shares the good news that John and Jesus are going to be born and warns of impending danger from the corrupt powers of the world. In the Grammy-considered song, “I’ll Give My All,” Joseph’s emotional connection to the audience is evident as the music ebbs and flows over this question that every human seems to ask when God gives us something to do: "Why me?" The Shepherds song, “Glory Was the Word,” joyously rocks out with unbridled emotion that these guys must have felt when they got the news first. The Devil’s character (Lucifer) tries to make sure things don’t go according to the Lord’s plan, but the Devil fails, and God is victorious, as represented by the finale number “One Night in Bethlehem.”
The well-known (and not-so-well-known) characters sing songs that will enlighten you, lift you up, make you laugh, and perhaps even cry. The musical ends with a challenge for all of us, which is to carry the story forward. Approximate running time: 90 minutes, about 50 minutes of music and 40 minutes of dialog.
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