NICE TO MEET YA.
MARC SHAIMAN has been writing music, lyrics, arrangements, orchestrations, very lengthy Emails and even lengthier bios since entering show business at the age of 16 in 1976.
What has he done lately? Well, he and co-lyricist Scott Wittman have written the songs for director Rob Marshall and Disney's "Mary Poppins Returns", the film sequel (not remake!!) to the classic film 'Mary Poppins'. And their West End/Broadway musical "Charlie & The Chocolate Factory" is currently touring North America, with an Australian production slated to open January 2019.
Mr. Shaiman has been nominated for two Tony Awards (winning one for co-writing the score to “Hairspray” with co-lyricist Scott Wittman), four Grammy Awards, (winning one for The Original Cast Recording of “Hairspray”), eleven Emmy Awards (winning one for his work on Billy Crystal’s Academy Award hosting) and if he hadn’t lost each of his five Oscar nominations (for “Sleepless In Seattle”, “Patch Adams”, “The First Wives Club”, The American President” and “South Park-Bigger, Longer & Uncut”), he could boast of being an EGOT. Till then, he remains a EGT.
Mr. Shaiman's other film work includes “Beaches”, “When Harry Met Sally”, “City Slickers”, “The Addams Family”, “A Few Good Men”, “Sister Act” (1 & 2), “Hocus Pocus”, “The Bucket List” and “Parental Guidance”, to name a few. Millions of more titles are available upon request. Call him.
He and Mr. Wittman were Executive Producers of the successful film adaptation (not remake!!) of their musical "Hairspray".
Besides "Hairspray", his and Mr. Wittman's other original Broadway musicals are the Tony-nominated “Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me” and the Tony-winning “Catch Me If You Can”, while Off-Broadway productions include "The High-Heeled Women", "Livin' Dolls" and "Andre De Shields' Haarlem Nocturne". Broadway concert credits are "Peter Allen-Up In One", Bette Midler's "Divine Madness", Ellie Greenwich's "Leader Of The Pack" and “Patti LuPone On Broadway”.
Also, after a tremendously successful concert for The Actor's Fund, his & Mr. Wittman's musical "Bombshell", created as part of the television show "Smash", is now being developed into a Broadway show.
His television ventures, varied and many, include “The Sweeney Sisters” on SNL, countless award and talk show shows with Mr. Crystal, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Lane, Jennifer Hudson, Jack Black and Will Ferrell (among many others), Jenifer Lewis’ “Jackie’s Back”, the Emmy-winning "SNL 40th", the aforementioned “Smash”, and his proudest achievement for television, his collaboration with Bette Midler for her Emmy-winning appearance as his final guest on Johnny Carson’s penultimate Tonight Show.
Other performers Marc has collaborated with in concert, cabaret, film and television include Kristen Chenoweth, Eric Clapton, Christine Ebersole, Kathy Griffin, Allison Janney, Jennifer Holiday, Diane Keaton, Steve Martin, John Mayer, Barbra Streisand, Rob Thomas, Queen Latifah, Raquel Welch, Robin Williams...the list is kind of endless...
He has co-produced and/or arranged Grammy winning recordings for (among others) Miss Midler, Harry Connick Jr. and Mariah Carey, including the Grammy-winning recordings "The Wind Beneath My Wings" and "From A Distance".
He and Ms. Carey were nominated for a Golden Globe for their song "The Star" from the soundtrack to that animated film.
And he is quite fond of his online opus “Prop 8 - The Musical”.
Mr. Shaiman was happy to have his childhood piano teacher Miss Andrews when he & Mr. Wittman were celebrated in 2014 by the New York Pops with a spectacular concert at Carnegie Hall.
And at the after-party for "SNL 40th", he jammed with Paul McCartney, Prince and Taylor Swift and completely lost his shit.
Finally, Marc is overjoyed to report that four years ago he stopped reading online chat boards, and his life and well-being have improved drastically! He suggests you do the same.