Deborah Hurwitz

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Deborah Hurwitz
GenresMusical theater
Occupation(s)Composer, conductor, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsPiano, keyboard
Years active1993–present
LabelsDeborah Marlowe
Associated actsCyndi Lauper, Cher, Jersey Boys, Cirque du Soleil

Deborah Hurwitz, aka professionally as Deborah Marlowe, (born )is an American composer, conductor, and singer-songwriter.[1] She known for her permanent creative and original contributions to Cirque du Soleil[2] and the musical Jersey Boys.[3]

Hurwitz is also notable amongst her peers for contributing to several Broadway, Off-Broadway productions,[4] films, television shows, and contributing to works from Cyndi Lauper, Cher, Gloria Estefan, Marc Shaiman, Sarah Brightman, Sinead O'Connor, Danny Elfman, Jason Alexander, and Johnny Mathis.[5][6]

Hurwitz was born in Harrogate, England and is a dual citizen. She graduated Cherry Hill High School East in New Jersey,[7] and graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University[7] in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music theory and Composition.[8][9]



Hurwitz has scored films, television shows,[10] interactive media, and live shows,[11][12] such as An Enchanted Evening: A Cirque Love Story.[13]

Hurwitz has written, arranged and produced original music for nationally-aired commercial advertising campaigns for Old Navy and Capital One, as well as television shows Sesame Street, America's Got Talent, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Bravo's Million Dollar Listing, and Guiding Light.[14]


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.[15][16]

She was 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.[17]

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.[18]

Performer/Recording Artist[edit]

In 1992–1993, she played first keyboard in the US tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love.[7]

Hurwitz 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.[19]


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[edit]


  1. "Deborah Hurwitz". Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  2. "Danny Elfman - Cirque Du Soleil - Iris". Discogs. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  3. "Broadway Musician Deborah Hurwitz Pursues Solo Career | Voice of America - English". Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  4. Dietz, Dan (March 9, 2010). Off Broadway Musicals, 1910–2007: Casts, Credits, Songs, Critical Reception and Performance Data of More Than 1,800 Shows. McFarland. ISBN 9780786457311. Search this book on Logo.png
  5. "Tigressions". Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  6. "'Jersey Girl' Fits Right In With The 'Jersey Boys'". Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Raffner, Marilyn (December 10, 1992). "Hurwitz to tour with musical". The Courier-Post. Camden, New Jersey. p. 10ch. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  8. "Profiles in music". Princeton Alumni Weekly. January 21, 2016. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  9. Author (December 5, 2001). "Creating music any way she can – Deborah Hurwitz '89". Princeton Alumni Weekly, Volume 102. p. 18. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  10. "Deborah Hurwitz". BFI. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  11. Anderson, Jack (November 22, 1991). "Review/Dance; Embracing the Crush of Life in the City". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  12. Dunning, Jennifer (February 18, 1993). "Review/Dance; Using a Thesaurus, Jennifer Muller Mixes Words With Movement". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  13. Mielke, Randall G. (September 11, 2015). "Batavia Fine Arts Centre hosts 'Cirque Love Story'". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. p. 3-2. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  14. Stories, Local. "Life and Work with Deborah Hurwitz - Voyage LA Magazine | LA City Guide". Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  15. "Spotlight on Jersey Boys Conductor Deborah Hurwitz · Jersey Boys Blog". Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  16. "Jersey Girl". Variety. July 9, 2008. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  17. League, The Broadway. "Deborah Hurwitz – Broadway Cast & Staff | IBDB". Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  18. "Deborah Hurwitz Theatre Credits". Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  19. "Deborah Hurwitz – Music for Autism". Music for Autism. Retrieved December 19, 2016.

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