Tom Megan

Composer – Lyricist – Librettist


Tom Megan: Composer, Lyricist, Librettist, Teacher

Tom Megan is an award winning composer, lyricist and librettist. (Richard Rodgers Award and American Harmony Prize) His is a unique talent: a fierce wit, a rich melodic sense and a gifted storyteller. Tom’s work makes for exhilarating entertainment. It is by turns poetic, political, romantic and hilarious.

As a graduate of NYU’s Musical Theatre Writing Program, Tom was fortunate to study with masters of the form: Richard Maltby, Stephen Schwartz, Peter Stone, Martin Charnin, Arthur Laurents and Sheldon Harnick among others. Subsequently, Tom’s musical theatre work has been presented at Playwrights Horizon, the Eugene O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, Boston Music Theatre Project, New Tuner’s Theatre in Chicago and at Sacred Fools in West Hollywood. Tom has created over ten musicals, both full-length and one-acts.

One of Tom’s most lyrical and imaginative pieces envisions William Butler Yeats in the afterlife, a restless ghost with a romantic knot to untangle. Download the lyrical song Take of My Solitude from this piece, A VISION, as recorded by Broadway star Lisa Vroman on her Broadway Classic CD.  THE KID WHO WOULD BE POPE  co-written with his brother Jack, was produced at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2011. Other musicals include SEA CHANGE, a contemporary piece about a family fisherman’s struggle to survive among others.  SEA CHANGE was commissioned by North Shore Music Theatre and presented at Emerson College in Boston and at New Tuner’s Theatre in Chicago. Tom’s work has also appeared on the West Coast where he wrote songs and incidental music for a political satire about the Kennedys called JACK, written by Jim Tosney. JACK premiered at the Sacred Fool’s Theatre in West Hollywood.

Several earlier works are published and performed in schools including: THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND, FOOD FOR THOUGHT, DEARO FAMILY, BUZZ ON, and SURVIVING OPHELIA. His incidental music for theatre, storytelling, and television projects include “Deirdre of The Sorrows” and “New Age Gawain” as performed by Diane Edgecomb. Tom also performs his music and plays with several ensembles. 

Tom has taught piano for 25 years, teaching students ranging in age from 7-70. His teaching style emphasizes both playing by ear and reading music. Repertoire is drawn from all musical styles, following the interest of the student. His emphasis is on a creative experience at the piano and nurturing a love of music in one’s life. Piano/Vocal work, Song writing, Music theory are offered. His teaching also extends to Guitar and Accordion. Learn more here at Creative Piano Lessons.

Photo of Tom Megan by Joshua Lavine