Megan Cavallari

About

DVDX Award nominee, bestselling composer, musical director, international vocal producer (for creating the music of Barbie as The Princess and the Pauper), and critically acclaimed composer Megan Cavallari’s signature strengths are her unforgettable melody, sophistication, versatility, non-stop inventiveness, whimsy and humor.
 
Megan has worked as composer, arranger, director and producer on a diverse range of music for film, television, theater, children’s records and toys (she helped to create and design the music for the Barbie as The Princess and the Pauper toy line). Her clients have included Warner Brothers, Fox, Disney, Geffen, HBO, Paramount, Mattel, MGM, Lions Gate, Showtime, Hasbro, Hanna-Barbera, Kid Rhino, DIC, and Nokia.
 
Classically trained with a gift for collaboration, she has been equally successful creating for records as well as for live action and animation projects. From the melodic, lush, character driven score of Barbie as The Princess and the Pauper, to the ebullient, colorful, and comedic music of Happily Ever After, and the hip, world music-based Nokia commercial with digital cutup (composed with John von Seggern of Digital Cutup Lounge), Megan’s body of work is richly diverse.
 
Cavallari also enjoys supervisory roles. She has been credited with successfully shepherding the music program of Higglytown Heroes (which rose to the #1 television spot, in its time slot, for kids during her tenure as the show’s musical supervisor).
 
As a high school student in Philadelphia, Megan studied music theory, orchestration, history, voice and piano with Alfred Blatter (who is currently on the faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music). At fifteen she had her first full-length musical produced. Megan earned her BS and MFA degrees at New York University, graduating with top academic honors. Her graduate thesis, an innovative musical titled Echo Park, was workshopped at the Mark Taper Forum and produced by Oskar Eustis (Angels in America). In Los Angeles Megan met and began working with Danny Elfman. Megan will always be grateful to Elfman, who taught her about film scoring and was an enormously positive all around influence on her. She served as his vocal assistant on six movies (Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before ChristmasDolores ClaiborneThe Secret GardenThe World of Jimmy Callicut, Little Demons, and Shrunken Heads).
 
After working with Elfman, Megan began to score films as well as create songs and provide musical supervision for film and television. Her credits include Higglytown HeroesA Christmas Carol (with Whoopi Goldberg), Happily Ever AfterBarbie as The Princess and the PauperAll Dogs Go To Heaven, and Captain Kangaroo.
 
Cavallari’s success is also due in large part to the brilliant actors who have performed her songs: Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Jodi Benson, Richard Lewis, Dom DeLuise, Charles Nelson Reilly, Sara Ramirez, Tim Curry, B.D. Wong, and Michael York.
 
Winner of three ASCAP awards as well as the BMI, Drama Artist Guild and Yip Harburg Awards, Megan has been compared to Gershwin, Ellington, and Sondheim. Her musicals have played at such prestigious theaters as the York Theatre Company (New York), the Courtyard Theater (New York), the Lambs Theater (New York), the Barrington Stage Company (Berkshires), the Living Arts Centre (Toronto), Theatre Under the Stars (Houston), the 5th Avenue Theatre (Seattle), and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts (St. Paul). Her work has been produced by Kevin McCollum (Rent and Avenue Q), and directed by Broadway director Julie Boyd (Boyd directed Cavallari’s critically acclaimed musical The Game).
 
Megan is also co-producer of the original animated musical The Secrets of Loch Ness (PorchLight Entertainment) for which she is also writing the songs and film score.
 
Megan lives in Santa Monica, California.

Credits

Composer (10 titles)

Live Music (2009 short)
Sex Drugs Guns (2009 Film)
Sid the Science Kid (2008 TV series)
Life After Tomorrow (2006 documentary)
Me, Eloise (2006 TV series)
BB Gun (2001 short)
Tasty (1999 short)
A Christmas Carol (1997 video)
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995 TV series)
Love Street (1995 TV series)

Soundtrack (5 titles)

Barbie as the Island Princess (2007 video, 12 songs)
Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper (2004 video, 7 songs)
All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series (1998 TV series)
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1997 TV series)
Cave Kids (1996, TV series)

Music Department (7 titles)

The Family Tree (2010 original song)
Barbie as the Island Princess (2007 video, song orchestrator, vocal arrangements, voice director)
Higglytown Heroes (2004 TV series, music supervisor)
The Secret of Mulan (1998 video, songs)
The Secret of Anastasia (1997 video, song)
Shrunken Heads (1994 Film, singer)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993 Film, vocal assistance, uncredited)

Self (1 title)

Finding Kraftland (2007 documentary)

Awards

DVDX Award Nomination

Barbie as the Princess and The Pauper, Best Original Song

Links

Professional Links

Official Site
IMDB Page

Networks & Feeds

Works & Media

The Game Stage Review

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