I am very happy to announce that our new musical Triangle has been recognized with a field-best SIX Theater Bay Area 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, fantastic company. Additionally, the San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle awarded us Best Production and Best Supporting Actor for our very own Sharon Rietkirk! Such great news!
I couldn't be happier with the audience and the critical response to our World Premiere of Triangle on July 11, 2015 at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley! Thanks to our amazing cast, director, designers, and production crew who have collaborated with us to make this piece of magic.
“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
Ingeniously crafted… “Triangle” is a triumph. It is not to be missed! — Out and About Magazine
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
Megan McGinnis and Sharon Rietkerk
Ross Lekites, Zachary Prince and Megan McGinnis
Zachary Prince and Laura D'Andre
Zachary Prince and Megan McGinnis
Photos by Kevin Berne
I'm very excited to have served as the music consultant for the Shinnyo Lantern Floating Festival for Peace at Lincoln Center. This amazing event included all ages of performers from around New York City, and I was honored to be asked to compose the music for the Closing Ceremonies which underscored the launching of thousands of hand-decorated lanterns from New Yorkers and visitors from around the world.
I was extremely honored to be part of this amazing event which opened in Shenzhen in July of 2014. We rehearsed in London with an incredible cast of performers and dancers from around the world and created an experience which was unlike anything I've ever worked on. Here are some photos from the show.
And here's a behind the scene's view of the truck:
Music by Curtis Moore
Blair Underwood and Richard Thomas
Othello opens to great reviews in San Diego!
"The original music by Curtis Moore, a constant presence in the hands of Ryan Nestor and Jonathan Hepfer on an array of percussion and stringed instruments, gives the production a unified vitality almost flawless. "
San Diego Story, June 30, 2014
"Curtis Moore's exciting original music, scored for two percussionists perched above the playing area, proves integral to the enjoyment of the evening."
Talkin' Broadway, July 2, 2014
Photos by Jim Cox
Tom and I are extremely happy with the ridiculously strong and positive response we've received for our new workshop production of Triangle in Oklahoma City. Here's an excerpt from Oklahoma City's main newpaper:
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
Photos by KO Rinearson featuring Adam Koch's breathtaking set and Art Whaley's lights.
Check out a new demo of our opening number with Adam Halpin:
I'm extremely happy to be working once again with Mark Bennett, Jack O'Brien, and Ethan Hawke at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater, where we last collaborated on The Coast of Utopia. We created an incredible epic score to match this beautiful production with sets by Scott Pask and costumes by Catherine Zuber. Macbeth plays at Lincoln Center from October 24, 2013-January 12, 2014. Check out more here.
I'm so happy to be making my Broadway debut (as a composer) with Lucky Guy, starring Tom Hanks, which opened on April 1, 2013 (and is now extended through July)!
I had a lot of fun working on this video, with a song written by Alan Menken and Craig Carnelia. I arranged, produced, and recorded the audio, with cameos from Stephen Schwartz, Georgia Stitt, Chris Miller, Benj Pasek, Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk. Jeremy Levine directed the video.
I was extremely honored to receive the Best Composer Award from the faculty and visiting artists at the NYU/ASCAP Foundation TV & Film Scoring Workshop this past spring. The panel, including Sean Callery (24, Bones, Homeland) NYU film composer-in-residence Ira Newborn (Naked Gun, Blues Brothers) and Mark Snow (X-Files, Blue Bloods), called my cue "inventive, professional and striking by virtue of a remarkably colorful orchestration."
Dilia is the second Trickybox artist to make it to Hollywood on American Idol. Our very own Karen Rodriguez was a top 12 finalist in season 10. We discovered Karen at LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, and she sang on our songs which were included in the Todd Solondz film Palindromes.
Curtis Moore is very happy to have been asked back to be part of the third and final year of the Bridge Project, which opened to rave reviews at London's Old Vic Theater in July.
This production reunites Sam Mendes and Kevin Spacey for the first time since American Beauty, and marks Curtis' fifth Bridge production with Mendes and composer Mark Bennett, having previous collaborated on The Winter's Tale, The Cherry Orchard, As You Like It, and The Tempest.
Richard III played at BAM in January 2012, after a world tour in the fall of 2011.
Check out the video.
Timon of Athens opens at the Public Theater with an electric guitar score composed by Trickybox writer Curtis Moore. With an cast led by Richard Thomas and directed by Barry Edelstein, this production marks the debut of the Public Theater's Public LAB SHAKESPEARE program.
Venice, a musical collaboration between Eric Rosen, Matt Sax, and Trickybox Artist Curtis Moore, opened in Kansas city on April 18, 2010 to across the board Raves. Check out some of the reviews:
"Venice is [an] ambitious and expansive work, combining elements of Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, Brechtian allegory and dystopian political fable, all enhanced by rap narration and a melodic, rock-influenced score that is one of the most winning I have heard onstage in years."
Time Magazine, May 14, 2010
"Venice is hot. As is in: Emotionally hot. Musically hot. Star-quality hot."
Variety, October 18, 2010
"Venice, a sweaty amalgam of Shakespearean plotting, political allegory and hip-hop jam, is truly exciting at its frequent best."
Backstage, October 18, 2010
"it points the way to thrilling and remarkably fresh artistic directions for musical theater."
Kansas City Star, April 2010
"The production-heavy hip hop fused world premiere musical Venice thrills."
Lost In Reviews, April 2010
"Venice, the newest production at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s Copaken Stage, is a mashup of styles that works on so many levels."
KCFree Press, April 20, 2010
"It’s crude, raw, offensive, devastating … and completely brilliant."
The University News, April 26, 2010
"Venice is the quantum leap that has every potential to redraw the map of Kansas City theatre."
KCMetropolis.org, April 28, 2010
Curtis Moore is proud to be part of the team working together on Clear Blue Tuesday, a new movie which explores the lives of eleven New Yorkers post 9/11. The movie is directed by Elizabeth Lucas, with script and songs written in collaboration with the cast. Trickybox artist Curtis Moore composed the score and produced the track “The Ritual.” Clear Blue Tuesday premieres at the Quad Cinema in New York in September 2010.
Trickybox collaborators Thomas Mizer and Curtis Moore are extremely honored to have been selected to receive a 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant in recognition of their theatrical work, including the new musicals Triangle and The Legend of Stagecoach Mary. Administered by the American Theatre Wing, the Larson Grant is dedicated to honoring emerging talent and infusing the music theatre community with new work. The songwriting team’s music was featured at the Grant Presentation Event, March 17, 2009 in New York City.
Variety announces that three songs from the Todd Solondz film, Palindromes, have made the final elegibility list of 42 songs for consideration for the original song Oscar. Trickybox songwriters Curtis Moore and Matthew Brookshire, along with Eytan Mirsky wrote, produced, and performed the songs.