Multer & Multer's first original musical, code name: CYNTHIA, received its premiere production in 2015 with Pallas Theatre in Washington, D.C. where it received two BroadwayWorld Award nominations including Best World Premiere Musical. and DC Metro Theater Arts' 2015 Best Musicals at Professional Theaters honors.
code name: CYNTHIA began development in association with Chicago Dramatists and, based on the score, the writers were selected as Dramatists Guild Fellows (Chicago) and Steve was a finalist for the 2014 Kleban Prize for lyrics. The show was selected for the 2015 Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival and given a special invited presentation at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC where the project was inspired. code name: CYNTHIA was a semi-finalist for the 2014 National Musical Theatre Conference at the O’Neill, a finalist for the 2013 ASCAP New Musical Theatre Festival at the Lied Center, and a semi-finalist for the 2012 National Alliance for Musical Theatre Conference.
The team's new musical, Buried in Prosperity, was a finalist for the 2016 Rheinbeck Writers Retreat and begins development in Fall 2016.
Songwriters & Musical Theatre Writers
Steve & Karen Multer (ASCAP, AEA, Dramatists Guild) are two-time winners of the Billboard World Song Contest (Jazz,) three-time winners in the Great American Song Contest (Variety,) have received radio airplay in over 150 jazz and A/C markets worldwide, are featured on 3 SONY/BMG compilation disc releases, and are 10-time ASCAPlus Award recipients (2005-2014.) They've licensed songs for TV and film including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS), Entourage (HBO), and Legally Blondes (MGM/ABC.) Two full-length original studio albums with vocal jazz quartet, TONIC, were hailed by Variety, Jazz Review, AMG, Cy Coleman, and Alan & Marilyn Bergman.
Karen & Steve are artistic board members of FWD Theatre Project (www.fwdtheatre.net), a festival of works in development dedicated to delivering new musicals to Chicago for the benefit of the art form and the city's rich theater community.
Multer & Multer spent a decade performing across the country in regional Equity houses before meeting onstage in 1993 playing opposite each other in Phantom of the Opera at Drury Lane Oakbrook. They spent their acting careers at The Marriott Theater, Drury Lane Evergreen Park, Candlelight, Stages St. Louis, The Barn, The Lyric Theater, Beef n' Boards, Wagon Wheel, The New London Barn, Lambs Players, and many others before migrating to songwriting.