Chris Miller (music) and Nathan Tysen (lyrics) are the songwriting team behind the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting (Outer Critics & Drama League nominations, Best Musical). Their off-Broadway work includes The Burnt Part Boys (Lucille Lortel Nomination, Best Musical) and Fugitive Songs (Drama Desk Award Nomination, Outstanding Revue), all of which are available for licensing, and have cast albums on iTunes and Amazon. Current projects include commissions from Lincoln Center Theater and Playwrights Horizons/Theatreworks Silicon Valley. They have also written two circuses for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey, contributed to the revue Stars of David, collaborated with the Broadway Inspiration Voices, and penned an adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (Boston Globe Top Ten Pick of 2008). Television work includes songs for Sesame Street (2012 Daytime Emmy Award), Elmo’s World, and The Electric Company.
Miller is a contributing composer to Mark Campbell’s song cycle Songs From an Unmade Bed produced at the New York Theatre Workshop. In 2010 he co-composed the first New York revival of Angels in America with Michael Friedman, directed by Michael Greif at the Signature Theatre. Currently he is working on an original musical as part of the American Musical Voices Project: The Next Generation at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, as well as a song cycle for soprano and orchestra based on the poetry of Willa Cather, called Prairie Songs.
Tysen was represented on Broadway in 2017 as co-lyricist of Amélie (music and co-lyrics by Dan Messé). In 2016 he received the Kleban Award for most promising lyricist. He is also librettist and co-composer of the rock theatre piece Stillwater with his band Joe’s Pet Project. With composer Ryan McCall, he wrote the book and lyrics to the family holiday musical Noah’s Art. He has worked for over a decade writing and directing for the Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts, helping to create over a dozen new musicals with young adults.
Together they are proud recipients of awards and grants from Fred Ebb, Jonathan Larson, Richard Rodgers, Samuel French, Daryl Roth, Kitty Carlisle Hart, ASCAP, and the NEA. They began their collaboration at NYU where they received their MFA’s in musical theatre writing. They are proud members of ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild.
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