Hey there, I’m Thomas Tierney. I’m a composer and lyricist working in New York City.
I was born in Missouri and raised in Illinois. I started composing in the 5th Grade, and since seeing The King and I film in high school, I haven't stopped putting stories and songs together. I attended the University of Illinois Champagne-Urbana where I graduated with a MS degree in advertising. After that I completed an MA in broadcasting and worked toward a PhD in communications before the siren song of New York City pulled me there. I've been composing for New York shows ever since. Let me tell you a little bit about my work.
I composed the music for NARNIA, based on C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, which has played in The City of London Festival, Off-Broadway in New York and in more than 900 productions throughout the US, Canada, Great Britain and Australia. My Narnia Suite for symphony orchestra and 4 singers premiered at New York's Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. I wrote music and lyrics for Jungle Queen Debutante, produced for New York’s NYMF Festival and by Seattle’s Village Theatre. I contributed several songs (music and lyrics) for Off-Broadway’s Pets! and the music for The Dream Team (Goodspeed Opera) and Tommy Tune’s one-man musical Ichabod (Boston and New York).
Another musical of mine, ELEANOR - An American Love Story has played in many US theaters, including Ford’s Theatre in Washington (two Helen Hayes awards), Chicago's Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Seattle’s Village Theatre (Issaquah, WA), the historic Barter Theatre in Virginia and the Pittsburgh Public Theatre. The original cast CD is available at www.CDBaby.com (Ford’s Theatre Cast). ELEANOR is licensed for production by Rodgers & Hammerstein (www.rnhtheatricals.com). And there is a website… www.EleanorTheMusical.com.
My musical The Year of Living Dangerously, based on the novel that became the film starring Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hunt (Oscar winner), was presented in concert at Feinstein’s/ 54 Below in NYC in 2017 (www.TheYearOfLivingDangerouslyMusical.com). Current projects are Diamond and the North Wind, based on the classic novel At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald (www.NorthWindMusical.com) and A Girl’s Guide to Moving On (with co-author Joseph Robinette), based on the novel by NY Times best-selling author Debbie Macomber.
Inspiration doesn’t strike very often, but when it does, you need to be there.
-Oscar Hammerstein II
Beyond musicals for adult humans, I've also written several for young audiences which include The Tuesday Afternoon Regulars, The Fabulous Fable Factory and its sequel The Fantastic Return of the FFF (all with co-writer Joseph Robinette). Theatreworks/USA has commissioned and toured six of my musicals nationally, including The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (which completed its 25th season in 2016). Six of my musicals are published by Dramatic Publishing and for television, I wrote 2 scores for NBC's Emmy Award-winning series Unicorn Tales, and the theme music for We Remember Eleanor, narrated by Margaret Truman Daniels. I’ve also written music and lyrics for corporate conventions and events, including those for Coca-Cola, IBM, State Farm Insurance and Johnson & Johnson. For more information on corporate work click here.
I composed the theme song for AT&T's pavilion at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center which played 144 times a day for 10 years! See My Music and you can listen to the song “Bringing the World Closer to You”.
I have performed my own music at Lincoln Center in New York and at the White House in Washington. I’ve won numerous ASCAP awards, am listed in Who's Who in Entertainment and am a member of The Dramatist’s Guild, ASCAP and the NY Television Academy, for which I served on the Board of Governors.
See You at the Theater,
Take a look below for links to some of my shows!
Narnia the Musical
by Jules Tasca, Thomas Tierney & Ted Drachman
NARNIA the Musical is a dramatization of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first and most famous of acclaimed British author C.S. Lewis’s world-renowned series, The Chronicles of Narnia. This critically acclaimed musical takes us into a magical land where four children become players in a battle of Good and Evil. For more information about NARNIA, click “learn more” below to be directed to the show’s website.
an American Love Story
by Jonathan Bolt, Thomas Tierney, & John Forster
ELEANOR tells the story of Eleanor’s journey from a shy, young aristocrat to her emergence as a powerful catalyst for social change. It tells of the passionate courtship and bittersweet marriage to Franklin, and ultimately, of the surprising partnership that so dramatically changed the face of America as well as the entire world. For more about ELEANOR, click “learn more” below to be directed to R & H Organization. For Original Cast Recording, visit CD Baby.
Diamond and the North Wind
by Jeffrey Haddow & Thomas Tierney
A new musical based on the George MacDonald book, At the Back of the North Wind. A heartwarming story of how a young Diamond, and his newfound beautiful and ethereal friend, The North Wind, take on the powerful and predatory real estate tycoon Tobias Blunt to save the horse drawn cabs of New York. For more information, click “learn more” below to be directed to the show’s website.
Jungle Queen Debutante
An Adventure Musical
by Thomas Tierney & Sean O’Donnell
Jungle Queen Debutante tells of an ingenue following her heart, with an archaeologist who can't quite remember who he is, an elocution mistress with a secret, and a suave ambassador. Add a lovelorn jungle chanteuse, a mobster with nefarious plans and the wickedest woman in the Lost City for this cocktail of an adventure musical. For more information, click “learn more” for information on the show and a contact form to license this rollicking musical.
And the Rocket Blaster Man Adventure
by Werner Trieschmann & Thomas Tierney
Based on the nationally syndicated comic strip by John Deering and John Newcombe of the same name, Zack Hill is about Zack, a 9 year old boy with a big shock of red hair who years for a normal home. Zack’s single mom Jan runs a boarding house full of an assortment of eccentric characters that interfere with Zack’s dream of normality. When Jan is confronted with a financial disaster that may force them to give up the house, Zack is determined to turn things around. Even though his solution backfires, Zack finds that his dream of home was closer than he thought.
The Year of Living Dangerously
by Jeffrey Haddow & Thomas Tierney
Jakarta, Indonesia, 1965: a nation on the verge of violent revolution. Against this turbulent backdrop, three vivid characters engage in a strange and consequential love triangle: Guy Hamilton, Jill Bryant, and Billy Kwan. As the political tension builds to a boil we are led to an explosive ending rife with tragedy, danger and romance. For more information, click “learn more” below to be directed to the show’s website.
Conceived by Helen Butleroff
Select songs by Thomas Tierney
This critically acclaimed musical review consists of 22 musical scenes dealing with the very special relationship between people and their pets. It's a two act, 5 actor show (flexible, may be expanded) that is clever, user-friendly and suits audiences of all ages. Cats, dogs, mice, turtles, iguanas, parakeets and other species are having the times of their lives. For more information, click “learn more” to be directed to Dramatic Publishing for information on licensing.