Matt Cavenaugh, the second oldest of seven children, was born and raised in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Being one of many, he learned at an early age how to stand out in a crowd prompting his 8th grade algebra teacher to ask, “Matt, I know you have a lot of brothers and sisters. Do you not get enough attention at home? Is that why you are always so loud in my class?”  He soon channeled this energy into a love of music and acting, and traveled to Ithaca, NY where he trained in theatre at Ithaca College.

Matt’s first big break came in 2003.  He made his Broadway debut in the musical version of URBAN COWBOY, leaving a lasting impression in the highly visible role of Bud. His next Broadway endeavor was the critically acclaimed musical, GREY GARDENS, where he played both Joe Kennedy Jr. and Jerry, affectionately known as “the marble faun.” He returned to Broadway, in fact, the same theatre, the Walter Kerr, the following season playing Ralph Halloran in Harvey Fierstein’s musical adaptation of A CATERED AFFAIR. In 2009, Matt realized his greatest theatrical success recreating the iconic role of Tony in the Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY.

As a result of his Broadway successes, audiences the world over have been able to enjoy Matt’s work on “The View,” “The Today Show,” “The Caroline Rhea Show” and the “Tony Awards.”

Matt has traveled the country as the happy-go-lucky playboy, Jimmy Smith, in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, the impassioned younger brother in RAGTIME, and even as the forever-bullied nerd, Eugene, in GREASE!

Before leaving Ithaca College, Matt collaborated with Bolivian filmmaker, Rodrigo Bellot on SEXUAL DEPENDENCY, an indie that went on the win the top prize at the Locarno Film Festival while also being an official selection at Toronto Film Festival, Los Angeles AFI Festival and Telluride. In 2008, Matt played opposite Chilean star Blanca Lewin in the film NEW BROOKLYN.

With a voice that’s been hailed by critics as “gorgeous,” “dreamy” and “creamy,” Matt has been a featured performer at the Mabel Mercer New York Cabaret Convention. He has also graced many of the city’s landmarks from Rose Hall/Jazz at Lincoln Center to Town Hall to the famed Birdland jazz club, and has performed the National Anthem for both the New York Giants and the New York Mets. Matt made his cabaret debut as part of the Broadway spotlight series at Ars Nova in 2003. He can be heard on the recordings of GREY GARDENS, A CATERED AFFAIR, and WEST SIDE STORY. Matt’s debut album, GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME, a collaboration with his wife Jenny Powers, is now available for purchase everywhere, including iTunes.

Television fans know Matt best from his roles as Mark Solomon on ONE LIFE TO LIVE as well as Adam Munson on AS THE WORLD TURNS.

Additionally, Matt serves on the advisory board of Early Stages, a not-for-profit organization fostering literacy through the arts in the New York City public school system.

Matt is also a regular contributer to BEVERLY HILLS LIFESTYLE magazine.  Follow Matt’s musings on Twitter and Facebook.

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