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Book, Music, and Lyrics by: Karen and Steve Multer
Prosperity is a withering farm town in the American plains, lost to history, barely clinging to life and the faded memory of a long-lost legend. When a mysterious stranger arrives with proof their legend is true, the siren song of instant riches and a better world beyond Prosperity’s tiny borders begins to tear at the fabric of this tight- knit community. In real time over a warm summer night, seven friends and neighbors question the meaning of family and deﬁnition of ‘Home.’ Rich in Americana and soaring melody, this original musical (inspired by Homer’s Odyssey) highlights themes of socio-economic and class disparity, and the universal quest for love and belonging.
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About the Team
Karen & Steve Multer (Book, Music & Lyrics) (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.
Multer & Multer’s ﬁrst original musical, code name: CYNTHIA, received its premiere production in 2015 with Pallas Theatre Collective, Washington D.C. (“A tightly crafted show (and) story whose romance, glamor and high-stakes suspense seem gifts from the espionage-tale gods.” – The Washington Post.) The production was nominated for two BroadwayWorld Washington DC Awards including Best World Premiere Musical, and was given DCMetroTheaterArts’ 2015 Best Musicals at Professional Theaters Honors. code name: CYNTHIA was presented at the International Spy Museum and the Kennedy Center’s 2015 Page-to-Stage Festival with additional workshops and public readings produced by Chicago Dramatists, Porchlight Music Theatre, Point Park University, and Ball State University.
Karen & Steve were 2011 Dramatists Guild Fellows (Chicago) and Steve was a ﬁnalist for the 2014 Kleban Prize (lyrics). code name: CYNTHIA was a ﬁnalist for the 2013 ASCAP New Musical Theatre Festival at the Lied Center, a semi-ﬁnalist for the 2012 and 2014 National Musical Theatre Conferences at the O’Neill, and a semi-ﬁnalist for the 2012 National Alliance for Musical Theatre Conference.
Multer & Multer’s latest musical, Buried in Prosperity, was a ﬁnalist for the 2016 Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, a Finalist for the 2017 ASCAP Grow-a-Show Festival at the Lied Center, and was featured at the Kennedy Center’s 2017 Page-to-Stage Festival. The musical was also given a workshop/reading by Pittsburgh’s Point Park University as part of their New Musical Laboratory.
Karen holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Commercial Music Composition/Production from Northwestern University, having written jingles for Wrigley, McDonald’s, Ford, Snickers, Oshkosh B’Gosh, and the Miami Board of Tourism, among others. Steve holds a B.A. in Theatre from San Diego State University and Boston University.