Multer & Multer's first original musical, code name: CYNTHIA, received its premiere production in 2015 with Pallas Theatre in Washington, D.C. where it was nominated for two BroadwayWorld Awards including Best World Premiere Musical (a grateful second place behind Dear Evan Hansen) and was given DC Metro Theater Arts' 2015 Best Musicals at Professional Theaters honors.
Based on the score of code name: CYNTHIA the writers were selected as Dramatists Guild Fellows (Chicago) and Steve was a finalist for the 2014 Kleban Prize for lyrics. The show was featured in the 2015 Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival and presented 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. It has been workshopped and received produced public readings with Porchlight Music Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Point Park University, Ball State University, and Roosevelt University.
Musical Theatre & Songwriters
Karen & Steve Multer (ASCAP, Dramatists Guild, AEA) actively license their music for TV, film, podcasts, corporate, and commercial placements including: ABC, CBS, HBO, Netflix, Disney Channel, Starz/Encore, Hulu, USA, Univision, MGM/ABC Family, and Amazon Originals. Their jazz and Big Band compositions continue to receive radio airplay in over 150 broadcast markets worldwide and have been featured on four compilation disc releases by SONY/BMG; In Love With Jazz, The 1st Swing Boulevard, The Best of Smooth Jazz Christmas, and In Love With Jazz Vol. 3. They are two-time winners in the Billboard World Song Contest (Jazz), three-time winners in the Great American Song Contest (Variety), and 12 time ASCAPlus Award recipients.
The team's new musical, Buried in Prosperity, was a finalist for the 2016 Rheinbeck Writers Retreat and received a staged reading by Point Park University at the 2017 Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival.
Multer & Multer spent a decade performing across the country in Equity theater before meeting in 1993 playing Christine and Raoul 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. Steve & Karen were founding members of Chicago's FWD Theatre Project.