Deborah Hurwitz

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Musical artist

Deborah Hurwitz is an American composer, conductor and singer/songwriter who has worked on award winning productions.[1] She is best known for her work with the Cirque du Soleil and the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys. She has also worked on multiple Broadway, Off-Broadway[2] and touring musicals, on numerous films and television shows, and with musicians such as Cyndi Lauper, Cher, Gloria Estefan, Marc Shaiman, Sarah Brightman, Sinead O'Connor, and Johnny Mathis.[3][4]

Early life and influences

Hurwitz was born in Harrogate, England and is a dual citizen. She trained as a concert pianist and played her first major solo debut at the age of 12. After attending Cherry Hill High School East in New Jersey,[5] she graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University[5] in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory and Composition.[6][7]



Hurwitz has scored films and television shows,[8] interactive media, and live shows,[9][10] such as On the Fly Productions An Enchanted Evening: A Cirque Love Story.[11] Commercially, Hurwitz has written, arranged and produced music for national commercial campaigns including Old Navy and Capital One, and television shows including Sesame Street, America's Got Talent, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Bravo's Million Dollar Listing, and Guiding Light, amongst others.[no citations needed here]


Hurwitz conducted for the Broadway musical Miss Saigon and the original US company of Mamma Mia! before conducting and performing with the Broadway company of Jersey Boys for its first six years of production.[12][13] She is the Music Technical Designer and Synth Programmer for Jersey Boys worldwide, including companies in Chicago, Las Vegas, Toronto, London, Singapore, South Africa, Utrecht, Melbourne and Sydney, as well as National Tours in the US and UK.[14] In 2011, she served as the Music Director for Cirque du Soleil's IRIS: Journey Through the World of Cinema with an orchestral score composed by Danny Elfman. In 2014, she was the Music Supervisor for the Off-Broadway production Bedbugs: It's a Musical.[15]

Performer/Recording Artist

Hurwitz has released two independent albums as alter ego Deborah Marlowe. Her single "Mirror" reached #25 on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales charts[no citations needed here] and she was featured on CNN Radio[16]Template:Fv and Voice of America as an emerging voice in contemporary music.

In 1992-1993, she played first keyboard in the US tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love.[5] She has toured with Cyndi Lauper and Cher as a keyboardist, vocalist and synth arranger, and has performed on The Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall and twice at the White House.

She also served as an associate professor at the Berklee College of Music and taught master classes at Lincoln Center and USC's Thornton School of Music.

Hurwitz also served two terms on the Executive Board of the organization Music for Autism, which provides autism-friendly, interactive concerts developed specifically for individuals with autism and their families.[17]


2011 IRIS Soundtrack Album Cirque du Soleil/Danny Elfman Pianist, Featured Soloist Cirque du Soleil, Danny Elfman
2011 Jaron Vesely Independent Songwriter, Producer
2007 The Broadway Boys PS Classics Arranger, Programmer, Keys
2007 Naked Wire Deborah Marlowe
2005 Jersey Boys Cast Album Rhino Records/Warner Group Associate Conductor, Programmer
2000 Songs of Inspiration Peter Pan Records Co-Producer, Arranger
1999 Nice Girls Do Twig & Ballad Publishing Songwriter, Solo Artist
1998 Elmopalooza! Sony Wonder/ABC Television Vocal Director Gloria Estefan, En Vogue, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Rosie O'Donnell, Fugees, Jim Henson, Shawn Colvin, Steven Tyler, Jimmy Buffett, Celine Dion, Kenny Loggins, Kevin Clash
1997 Dead Ivy Independent Composer, Lyricist, Vocalist
1997 Diana King (artist) Sony/Work Group (Platinum) String Arranger Diana King
1996 Davis Gaines (artist) Lap Records Arranger, Programmer David Gaines
1994 Sinead O'Connor (artist) Chrysalis Records Synth Programmer Sinead O'Connor
1993 Gloria Estefan (artist) Epic Records Pianist Gloria Estefan

External links


  1. "Deborah Hurwitz". 
  2. Dietz, Dan (2010-03-09) (in en). Off Broadway Musicals, 1910–2007: Casts, Credits, Songs, Critical Reception and Performance Data of More Than 1,800 Shows. McFarland. ISBN 9780786457311. 
  3. "Tigressions". 
  4. "‘Jersey Girl’ Fits Right In With The ‘Jersey Boys’". 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Raffner, Marilyn (10 December 1992). "Hurwitz to tour with musical". The Courier-Post (Camden, New Jersey): p. 10ch. Retrieved 7 June 2019. 
  6. "Profiles in music". Princeton Alumni Weekly. 2016-01-21. 
  7. "Creating music any way she can - Deborah Hurwitz '89". Princeton Alumni Weekly, Volume 102: p. 18. 5 December 2001. Retrieved 8 June 2019. 
  8. "Deborah Hurwitz". BFI. 
  9. Anderson, Jack (1991-11-22). "Review/Dance; Embracing the Crush of Life in the City". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. 
  10. Dunning, Jennifer (1993-02-18). "Review/Dance; Using a Thesaurus, Jennifer Muller Mixes Words With Movement". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. 
  11. Mielke, Randall G. (11 September 2015). "Batavia Fine Arts Centre hosts 'Cirque Love Story'". Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois): p. 3-2. Retrieved 8 June 2019. 
  12. "Spotlight on Jersey Boys Conductor Deborah Hurwitz · Jersey Boys Blog". 
  13. ""Jersey Girl"" (in en-US). Variety. 2008-07-09. 
  14. League, The Broadway. "Deborah Hurwitz – Broadway Cast & Staff | IBDB". 
  15. "Deborah Hurwitz Theatre Credits". 
  16. " - Transcripts". 
  17. "Deborah Hurwitz - Music for Autism" (in en-US). Music for Autism. 

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