Multer & Multer
About Steve and Karen Multer (Multer & Multer), award-winning songwriters of the original spy musical Code Name Cynthia
"Karen and Steve Multer are two of the most exciting voices working in the American musical theatre. They have burst on the scene like a grenade and will be a major force in this new generation of practitioners."
MICHAEL WEBER Artistic Director, Porchlight Music Theatre
"The grace and sophistication of Steve & Karen’s work has the hallmark of good collaboration; perfect melding of thought, feeling, lyric, music, and dramatic intention."
CHERYL COONS At Wit's End, Hunchback, River's End
Steve & Karen Multer (ASCAP | AEA | Dramatists Guild) have licensed songs for TV and film including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS), Entourage (HBO), Legally Blondes (MGM/ABC), and many more. Two-time winners of the Billboard World Song Contest (Jazz) and three-time winners in the Great American Song Contest (Variety), they've received radio airplay in over 150 jazz and A/C markets around the world, been featured on 3 compilation disc releases by SONY/BMG, and are 11-time recipients of the ASCAPlus Award (2005-2015.) Two full-length original studio albums with their vocal jazz quartet, Tonic, were hailed by Variety, Jazz Review, AMG, Cy Coleman, and Alan & Marilyn Bergman.
Multer & Multer (www.multerandmulter.com) are 2011 Dramatist Guild Fellows and Steve was a finalist for the 2014 Kleban Prize. Their 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 plus DC Metro Theater Arts' 2015 Best Musicals at Professional Theaters honors. Following a special presentation at the International Spy Museum where the project was conceived, code name: CYNTHIA was featured at the 2015 Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival. The team's new musical, Buried in Prosperity, was a finalist for the 2016 Rheinbeck Writers Retreat and begins a year-long development with Point Park University in Spring 2017.
Karen & Steve 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 writing musicals and professional songwriting. Multer & Multer were founding members of Chicago's FWD Theatre Project.