Deborah Hurwitz is a millennial renaissance woman living in Los Angeles and Manhattan. Trained as a concert pianist with a major solo debut at age 12, she discovered the joys of electronic production in the studios at Princeton University and brought both musical worlds together in New York as a composer, conductor, producer and performer. She was thrilled to make her debut in Los Angeles with Cirque du Soleil as the Music Director of their spectacular 2011 resident production at the Kodak (now Dolby) Theatre, IRIS: Journey Through the World of Cinema, featuring a full orchestral score by Danny Elfman. On Broadway, she originated her onstage role in the hit musical Jersey Boys, which won a Tony Award for Best Musical and a Grammy Award for Best Cast Album, and conducted the Broadway company for six years. She currently serves as the Music Technical Designer and Synth Programmer for all Jersey Boys companies worldwide, including two National U.S. Tours and resident companies in Las Vegas, London, Sydney, Amsterdam and South Africa. She made her Broadway conducting debut with Miss Saigon, played keyboards for Jekyll and Hyde and The Who’s Tommy and toured with the First National companies of Mamma Mia!, Miss Saigon and Aspects of Love. As part of these hit productions, she has appeared on The Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, CNN’s Showbiz Tonight, E! Entertainment Television, The 2006 Tony Awards on CBS, half a dozen national morning shows and twice at The White House. Most recently, she co-composed “When You’re in Love, The Whole World is Jewish,” in collaboration with Jason Alexander, and music directed productions in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Deborah has also composed extensively for television and film, including Emmy Award-winning shows ranging from Guiding Light to Sesame Street. She scored the cult favorite horror feature HPE and created arrangements for feature films The Crossing Guard (Miramax/Jack Nicholson) and City of Industry (MGM/Harvey Keitel), working with director Sean Penn and legendary producer Phil Ramone. She wrote a dance piece for Jennifer Muller/THE WORKS that toured the world for three years and she was featured in the Meet the Artist series at Lincoln Center. Last year, she scored the feature film STUCK, which is slated for a 2014 release in theatres nationwide.
In the recording industry, Deborah has worked as an arranger and conductor for platinum artists such as Sinead O’Connor, Diana King and Sarah Brightman, and she was the Vocal Director of the soundtrack to the ABC Muppet Special Elmopalooza, which won a Grammy for Best Children’s Album. She toured 60 cities with Cyndi Lauper and Cher as a keyboardist and vocalist, released her debut CD Nice Girls Do as indie artist Deborah Marlowe and became addicted to glitter eye shadow, vinyl pants and 20,000 screaming fans. How to follow up? Don full body paint and conduct a 600-person nude opera at the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, obviously. Deborah’s desert adventures inspired her to take up a second residence on the west coast, where she duplicated her New York studio and began avoiding east coast winters at her Santa Monica beach pad.
Shuttling back and forth every few months, she created full-length concept albums and music directed live workshop productions of Funny Business, a show about stand-up comics, A Day in the Life of America, a collection of stories told through dance to updated classic rock tunes, the gothically inspired Dorian Gray and Sheba:The Musical, a biblical epic built on gospel funk and Middle Eastern disco. Those same years in broadcast media yielded original songs and scores for festival favorites such as the short film The Reader, a music video starring Deborah called Just a Dress, about sexual harrassment on the streets of New York, high-end industrials for Intel and Samsung, and award-winning new media ‘edutainment’ like OneMoreStory.com, which presents classic children’s books as narrated, animated pages for children and their parents to read. A staunch advocate of education, she was honored to join the faculty of The Berklee College of Music as an Associate Professor in the Professional Voice Department for four years after a well-received guest lecture. And somewhere between launching the first Jersey Boys Tour and opening Jersey Boys Chicago, Deborah released her second solo CD Naked Wire and composed the opening sequence for The Veronicas’ summer tour with Ashlee Simpson.
Now based primarily in Playa del Rey, Deborah is currently a contributing composer to the hit Bravo TV franchise Million Dollar Listing and is writing the music and lyrics for a groundbreaking new hybrid of aerial spectacle and musical theatre entitled Petalwink: The Musical in collaboration with noted author Angela Sage Larsen. She is working on her third solo artist release in her Los Angeles studio, and remains intensely grateful for 72-degree sunshine in February.