The Fred Ebb Foundation announced that Curtis and I are the winners of the 2016 Fred Ebb Award for excellence in musical theatre. We are incredibly humbled to be recognized, particularly by an organization that honors one of our idols.
The award will be presented at a reception on November 28 and includes a concert of our work in the Spring. Check out this BroadwayWorld story for more info.
Curtis and I are excited to announce, after all these years of collaboration, we are putting all our work in one place and joining forces under one name. Call it branding, call it synergy or just call it about time; you can now keep up with our latest news, listen to our work and buy sheet music for some of our favorite songs in one place. So, check out our fancy new website, music store, twitter account and Facebook fan page. I’ll still be updating some information here, but your best source for all my music theater news is now at Mizer and Moore.
Curtis Moore and I had the honor of presenting a brand new song as a part of the Lincoln Center Originals: Songwriters, a concert series featuring “top musical theater songwriters premiering songs inspired by Lincoln Center.” The wonderfully talented Michael Winther sang our song and the night was filled with diverse, exciting material, including a very funny appearance from Kelli O’Hara! Luckily, the event was recorded and you can watch it streaming from Lincoln Center (we closed out the night so, if you just have time for one song, click to 53:50.)
Theatre Bay Area announced its 2015 TBA Award winners at a ceremony in San Francisco and Triangle walked away with a field-best 6 awards including Outstanding World Premiere Musical! Also honored were Outstanding Female Actor in a Principal Role Megan McGinnis, Outstanding Male Actor in a Principal Role Zachary Prince, Outstanding Sound Design Brendan Aanes, Outstanding Lighting Design Paul Toben and, best of all, Outstanding Performance by the Ensemble in a Musical for our entire, magical company.
I know we are all deeply honored to have been listed alongside so many wonderful, boundary-pushing productions and to have been so welcomed by the Bay Area theatre community. It’s truly overwhelming.
One of the most exciting parts of premiering Trianglewas the chance to hear a brand new song performed, a song that we’d written just before rehearsals started. “Take My Hand” turned out to be a magical moment in the show, thanks to the spectacular talents of our very own “triangle” Zachary Prince, Ross Lekites and Megan McGinnis– and we managed to lure this amazing trio back together to record a demo!
Some context for those who don’t know the show: As church bells ring out across the city to commemorate the Triangle fire, a starry-eyed Ben encourages the shy scientist Brian to join him by the window, the very window where exactly a hundred years earlier another couple shared a kiss amidst the tragedy. Just as Brian takes a first step toward romance, he recognizes the eerie similarities and pulls back. Time seems to fold back on itself and the ghosts of the past rise around him, with Ben himself transforming into the man from the doomed couple–reaching out through the fire to his love, Sarah, for one last embrace.
Clearly, that’s a purposefully controversial (and certainly fate-tempting for me to repeat) question, but it is the theme of a lovely and thoughtful piece about our musical Triangleby Chad Jones, the theatre critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. Here’s an excerpt from his blog post titled “The delights of TheatreWorks’ time-twisting Triangle”:
This is an intimate chamber musical – cast of six – that takes love and grief and history seriously and deftly uses music to underscore its rich emotions. In other words, it’s too good for Broadway – at least the Broadway we knew before “Fun Home” and “Hamilton” made it safe for intelligence and intensity once again on the Great White Way.
Who knows if this trend continues, but if it does, maybe shows like “Triangle” will reach the larger audiences they deserve to, but if this musical continued through the world of regional theater or even ended up off Broadway, that would be OK. Audiences would have the pleasure of experiencing it in smaller houses where it feels personal and scaled just right – epic emotions but small-scale storytelling with the added twist of time travel.
That he even puts us within a few sentences of two amazing shows that I admire is deeply humbling. But I do appreciate Mr. Jones calling out our work and other “personal” shows, which can get lost in the wake of bigger, splashier musicals. Here’s to hoping that audiences don’t have to choose but can have access to and enjoy all kinds of musical theater.
Thanks to an amazing cast, staff and production team, Triangle received its official World Premiere on July 11, 2015 at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. It has been a long road but I couldn’t be prouder of the show and the chance to share what we all have created with audiences. And audiences seem to be embracing the show in return:
“Triangle” is astonishingly successful. The Moore-Mizer score is rich in melody and emotion…what really counts here is just how moving the stories are and how the songs heighten the emotion without cheapening it. — San Francisco Chronicle
…a fulfilling and well-crafted musical theater experience with a deep and heart-stirring humanity. —San Francisco Examiner
With a killer cast, excellent stage direction by Meredith McDonough, and a lush far-reaching score by Curtis Moore [and Thomas Mizer], this multilayered work will grab your heart in unanticipated ways, and leave you pondering the great intelligence of this piece. —Stark Insider
A beautiful new musical …engaging the audience immediately with humor, romance and pathos. And with a fabulous score, delivered by a cast of deeply impressive singers and an excellent pit orchestra, with ear-worm melodies that happily stay with us when we leave the theater. …it is rare that so fine a [music theatre writing] team emerges. —Regarding Arts
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s workshop production of Triangle officially opened March 29 and I couldn’t be prouder of the entire cast, crew and staff. This process has been a dream come true and the response from audiences and critics alike has been incredible. Here’s an excerpt from the main Oklahoma City paper’s review:
Mizer’s deft lyrics and Moore’s sophisticated score yield many humorous and touching moments… It’s hard to imagine a stronger, more capable cast than that assembled here. Their splendid voices receive fine musical support from conductor James Sampliner and his offstage orchestra… while Michael Baron’s expert direction allows the production’s considerable emotional range to work its magic.
With its compelling story and attractive score, “Triangle” seems destined to have a promising future. Thanks to the commitment and talent of people like Moore, Mizer and Baron, such prospects will surely be realized. — Rick Rogers, The Oklahoman
Check out these gorgeous production photos by KO Rinearson featuring the amazing set by Adam Koch and lights by Art Whaley.
The Comedy Central Kroll Show teaser campaign, for which I wrote the copy and collaborated on the concept, was awarded one of the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing’s highest honors — the CTAM Mark Award for “Most Innovative Campaign of the Year.” The Mark Awards recognize “outstanding achievement and excellence in marketing from networks, cable companies, and their agencies.”
I couldn’t be prouder of our team and the silliness we created — while also pushing the boundaries of advertising (look Ma, no mention of the show, premiere or network anywhere in the campaign!)
This August 24-25, join me and the rest of the original cast in Chicago as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Schoolhouse Rock Live!Yep, twenty years ago (when I was 5), I played “Mr. Mizer” (a big stretch) in the original award-winning production inspired by everyone’s favorite educational cartoons. I continued on with the show through multiple incarnations including its Off-Broadway run. And I can still sing the Preamble to the Constitution…
To mark the occassion, they are flying the whole gang back to where it all began for a weekend of big events. There will be a performance from the current touring cast (tickets now available), as well as a party reuniting two decades of casts & crews and some very special performances — including a song or two by the legendary Bob Dorough (“Three is a Magic Number”). They might even force me to come out of singing retirement. Eek! (By the way, that’s an interjection.)
The 2013 Promax/BDA Awards for entertainment marketing were announced in Los Angeles last week and there was good news all around.
First up, I won the Silver for Television Copywriting for my Food Network “Thanksgiving Umbrella” script. Given that the majority of my work is for print, I’m truly proud to be recognized for an on-air spot. Thanks to Peter and Crissy for letting me spread my wings (and channel my inner Dr. Seuss.)
In addition, among the 12 awards won by our Comedy Central Brand Creative and Digital teams, I was the copywriter on the crew for two: the Multimedia Marketing Campaign Gold for the full range of “Brickleberry” materials and the Online Marketing Silver for our “Key & Peele Season 2” YouTube campaign.
Enough about work, let’s get to the important news: on May 18, Travis and I got married!
To celebrate, the investigative reporters at The New York Times dredged up some dirt in their story about the wedding. Yep, they found film evidence of my time as “Steve” in Blue’s Clues, Live! and shared it with the world. Seriously, a big thank you to Samantha Stark for reaching out to us and creating this wonderful video we will treasure when we’re old(er) and can’t remember how we met.
Two time Tony Award-winning Goodspeed Musicals announced that Curtis Moore and I will be among the writers gathering for the inaugural Johnny Mercer Writers Colony. During January and February, 35 acclaimed music theater composers, lyricists and bookwriters will take residence on Goodspeed’s Connecticut campus, working side by side and sharing their newest material. Find out more at BroadwayWorld.