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. They were recently commissioned by Concord Theatricals and the Educational Theatre Association to write a show specifically for high school performers, and that musical Dreamland (or a musical riff on Shakespeare’s Midsummer set during the declassification of Area 51) debuted this summer at the International Thespian Society, (Licensing available spring 2020). Their current project is Revival, based on Willa Cather’s short story Eric Hermannson’s Soul (Commissioned by 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 Inspirational 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 currently writing co-arrangements and co-orchestrations for the John Logan/Avett Brothers musical Swept Away; a song cycle for soprano and orchestra using the poetry of Willa Cather entitled April Twilights; and book, music, and lyrics for Ravello (Commissioned by Signature Theatre (VA) American Musical Voices Project). He 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 (NY).
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 currently writing lyrics to Paradise Square (Direction by Moisés Kaufman, choreography by Bill T. Jones). Tysen 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 is also a director/writer for Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts, making original musicals with young adults for over two decades.
Together Miller & Tysen 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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