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.