Gunnar Madsen is a composer, writer, actor, singer, director and gadfly.
He's written for the Minnesota Opera, Lincoln Center, Universal Pictures and National Public Radio he has performed on The Tonight Show, the Smothers Brothers Show, PBS, BBC, and major stages in North America and Europe he''''s won nominations for a Grammy, a Bammy, and an Izzy, and awards from ASCAP, the LA Weekly, the LA Drama Critics Circle, the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle, and UC Berkeley. He founded the internationally acclaimed acapella group The Bobs, and for ten years was a driving creative force in their success. His family CDs, "Old Mr.
Mackle Hackle" and "Ants in My Pants!", have won virtually every major award for children''''s music. He provided the singing voice for the portrayal of Sammy Davis Jr. in the film "the Rat Pack", and his ravishing waltzes are featured throughout the 2nd season of HBO''''s "Sex and the City". He co-wrote the award-winning hit musical "The Shaggs:
Philosophy of the World", which the NYTimes called "awe-inspiring". His documentary film about an organic farming community for mentally disabled people in Russia was an official selection of the Ojai International Film Festival. His new picturebook "Old Mr. Mackle Hackle" (Little, Brown &
Co.) is called "Ebullient" by the Horn Book, and he and his music are in the Vince Vaughan/Jennifer Aniston film "The Break Up".