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Curtis Moore

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I'm an award winning composer, songwriter and musician who’s had the opportunity to work on varied projects around the world in theaters on and off Broadway as well as in television and film.  I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with creatives such as Sam Mendes, Kevin Spacey, George C. Wolfe, Phil Ramone, Tom Stoppard, Todd Solondz, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Theresa Rebeck, Jack O’Brien, Mark Bennett, Michael Friedman, Kirsten Childs, Jason Robert Brown, Jeff Marx, Tom Kitt, Christopher Gattelli, Dan Lipton, Katie Holmes, Tom Hanks, bd wong, Kelli O’Hara, Kristin Chenoweth, Martha Plimpton, Brian d’Arcy James, Richard Thomas, Thomas Mizer, Amanda Green, and Matthew Brookshire.

On Broadway, I composed the music for Nora Ephon's play Lucky Guy starring Tom Hanks and directed by George C. Wolfe.  In collaboration with lyricist Thomas Mizer I was awarded the 2016 Fred Ebb Award, and the 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant. Together we have written the musicals Triangle (World Premiere TheatreWorks Palo Alto, commissioned by Williamstown Theatre Festival, and also presented at the Eugene O’Neill Center and the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), The Legend Of Stagecoach Mary (National Alliance for Musical Theater), and The Bus To Buenos Aires (Ensemble Studio Theater, NY). We teamed up with Amanda Green (Bring It On, Hands on a Hard Body) and Matthew Brookshire on the critically acclaimed musical, For The Love Of Tiffany (Wings Theater).  I also composed the score for Barry Edelstein's production of Timon of Athens at the Public Theater, and Hamlet and Othello at the Old Globe in San Diego.    

I collaborated with Matt Sax and Eric Rosen on Venice as music supervisor, providing orchestrations and additional music, which premiered as a joint production between The Center Theater Group in Los Angeles and The Kansas City Rep, and was presented in a sold out-extended run at the Public Theater in New York in 2013.

Currently, I am working on three commissions from Scott Sanders Productions, Universal Pictures, and Grove Theatricals.

For film and television, I wrote and performed songs for the Todd Solondz’ film Palindromes (Venice, Toronto, Telluride, New York film festivals,) the score for Clear Blue Tuesday, music for Industrial Light and Magic, MTV networks, the Miss America Pageant, and the CBS’ Rose Bowl Celebration. Most recently, I composed the music for the short film Places I Can Never Go Back To.

As a songwriter and producer, I’ve had my worked performed by Sara Ramirez, #1 Billboard dance artist, Kevin Aviance, Ari Gold, Sara Ramirez, and American Idol finalists Dilia Jelen and Karen Rodriguez.

In addition to composing, I am an orchestrator, arranger, conductor, music supervisor, music producer, and occasional performer.  I conducted and performed in the The Bridge Project’s acclaimed world tour of Richard III, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Kevin Spacey. This concluded three years of work with The Bridge Project (a joint production of BAM and The Old Vic) as music supervisor and Mark Bennett’s associate composer for The Cherry Orchard, The Winter’s Tale, As You Like It, The Tempest, and Richard III

I was music supervisor for Moisés Kaufman’s production of Into The Woods and Ernest Shackleton Loves Me at Second Stage in NYC.I provided arrangements for Sense and Sensibility at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The Old Globe in San Diego; and provided orchestrations for Coast of Utopia, Cymbeline, MacbethThe New Century at Lincoln Center Theater, The 40th Anniversary of Great Performances on PBS at The Metropolitan Opera, Saved at Playwrights Horizons, Striking 12, the London revival of Pippin, the original cast recordings of The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, Sleeping Beauty Wakes, and Earnest Shackleton Loves Me.

I was honored to supervise and compose music for the closing ceremony of the Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace at Lincoln Center two years in a row (2015 and 2016), coinciding with the International Day of Peace and the opening of the United Nations General Assembly.

A graduate of Northwestern University and a founding member of the Northwestern University Entertainment Alliance, I'm based in New York, NY and have volunteered my time, talent and skills to The Actors Fund, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and the Ali Forney Center for LGBTQ youth.

 

the year’s best musical
— Time Magazine; review of Venice
Be A Little Less Stupid… is one of the best new comic songs to come along in ages.
— The Wall Street Journal; review of For The Love Of Tiffany
...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
— San Francisco Chronicle; review for Triangle

Awards, Grants, and Residencies

  • Fred Ebb Award for excellence in music theater songwriting, 2016
  • Theatre Bay Area Awards: Outstanding World Premiere Musical; Triangle, 2015
  • The Johnny Mercer Writers Colony, 2014
  • ASCAP/NYU Film Scoring Best Composer Award, 2012
  • TheatreWorks New Works Festival Residency, 2012
  • American Musical Theater Project, Northwestern University 2011
  • CAP 21 Residency, 2011
  • Jonathan Larson Theater Grant – The American Theater Wing, 2009
  • Eugene O’Neill Theater Grant, 1998, 2000, 2006
  • National Endowment for the Arts, orchestration grant, 2002
  • Garland Award for Best Score for a Musical – Backstage, 2001
  • Best Score for a Musical – L.A. Drama Critics nomination, 2001
  • National Music Theater Conference – Emerging Artist Grant, 1998
  • John P. Paynter Award – Orchestration, 1995