Shaiman at the Drama League All Star Benefit Gala, February 7, 2010
|Born||October 22, 1959|
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Marc Shaiman (; born October 22, 1959) is an American composer and lyricist for films, television, and theatre, best known for his collaborations with lyricist and director Scott Wittman. He wrote the music and co-wrote the lyrics for the Broadway musical version of the John Waters film Hairspray. He has won a Grammy, an Emmy and a Tony, and been nominated for seven Oscars.
Shaiman was born to a Jewish family in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Claire (née Goldfein) and William Robert Shaiman. He grew up in Scotch Plains, New Jersey and attended Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, but got his GED and left school at age 16 to start working in New York's theaters. He lives in both Manhattan and upstate New York.
Shaiman started his career as a theatre/cabaret musical director. He started working at SNL as an arranger/writer and also became vocal arranger for Bette Midler, eventually becoming her musical director and co-producer of many of her recordings, including "The Wind Beneath My Wings" and "From a Distance." He helped create the material for her performance on the penultimate The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. His work with both Bette Midler and Billy Crystal led to his involvement on their films.
His film credits include Broadcast News, Beaches, When Harry Met Sally..., City Slickers, The Addams Family, Sister Act, Sleepless in Seattle, A Few Good Men, The American President, The First Wives Club, George of the Jungle, In & Out, Patch Adams, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Team America: World Police, Hairspray, Flipped, Mary Poppins Returns and HBO's From the Earth to the Moon and 61*. He frequently works on films by Billy Crystal and Rob Reiner. He also appeared in many of these films.
Shaiman has earned seven Academy Award nominations, a Tony Award and a Grammy Award for his work on the musical Hairspray, and an Emmy Award for co-writing Billy Crystal's Academy Award performances. He has also been Grammy-nominated for his arrangements for Harry Connick Jr.'s recordings When Harry Met Sally... and We Are in Love as well as Hairspray and Smash and Emmy-nominated for his work on Saturday Night Live and Smash. In 2002, he was honored with the "Outstanding Achievement in Music-In-Film" award at The Hollywood Film Festival, and in 2007 he was honored with ASCAP's Henry Mancini Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to the music of film and television. He is the first recipient of the Film & TV Music Award for Best Score for a Comedy Feature Film.
On Saturday Night Live, Shaiman portrayed Skip St. Thomas, the accompanying pianist for The Sweeney Sisters, a singing duo played by Nora Dunn and Jan Hooks, which earned him an Emmy nomination. He began his professional relationships with Billy Crystal and Martin Short during his tenure at Saturday Night Live. He wrote and sang the song "Yes" for his agent's film Finding Kraftland. He co-wrote (with partner Scott Wittman) songs for Neil Patrick Harris when Harris hosted the 63rd Tony Awards (2009) and the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards (2009), and was Emmy-nominated for musical directing and co-writing the 82nd Academy Awards (2010).
Shaiman co-produced and co-wrote cuts on Mariah Carey's 2010 Christmas album Merry Christmas II You.
Shaiman & Wittman wrote original songs for the musical-based television show for NBC, Smash, and served as Executive Producers. For their song "Let Me Be Your Star," Shaiman and co-lyricist Wittman were nominated for both an Emmy Award and a Grammy Award, and as Executive Producers they were nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical.
Shaiman co-wrote Billy Crystal's farewell to Jay Leno which featured Carol Burnett and Oprah Winfrey among others. He collaborated on the final performances for Johnny Carson's Tonight Show (with Bette Midler), Conan O'Brien's Late Night (with Nathan Lane), both of Jay Leno's final Tonight Show broadcasts, and Nathan Lane's farewell to David Letterman called "Dead Inside."
Shaiman & Wittman's latest Broadway musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ran on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, after finishing a four-year run on London's West End at The Royal Drury Lane Theater. Shaiman was Tony-nominated for his orchestrations for their previous Broadway musical Catch Me If You Can.
In 2008, a controversy erupted nationwide when California Musical Theatre's then artistic director Scott Eckern resigned over the revelation of his personal donation of $1000 to a political campaign to support California proposition 8, which was an amendment to change the California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California. After the amendment was passed, donor information became public. Shaiman and other Broadway artists who had previously worked with the director became critical and called for a boycott of the theatre by all gay artists and performers, ending in the director's resignation days later.
To protest the passage of California Proposition 8 in November 2008, Shaiman wrote a satiric mini-musical called Prop 8 -- The Musical. The 3-minute video was distributed on the internet at FunnyOrDie.com, beginning on December 3, 2008. It was written and produced in just a few days. The cast includes Jack Black (who plays Jesus), Neil Patrick Harris, John C. Reilly, Allison Janney, Andy Richter, Maya Rudolph, Margaret Cho, and Rashida Jones. Shaiman plays the piano and appears briefly in the video. It received 1.2 million internet hits in its first day.
|1988||Big Business||Jim Abrahams||songs only; first collaboration with Jim Abrahams|
|1988||Beaches||Garry Marshall||music supervisor|
|1989||When Harry Met Sally...||Rob Reiner||First collaboration with Rob Reiner|
|1990||Misery||Rob Reiner||Second collaboration with Rob Reiner|
|1991||Scenes from a Mall||Paul Mazursky||N/A|
|1991||City Slickers||Ron Underwood||N/A|
|1991||The Addams Family||Barry Sonnenfeld||First collaboration with Barry Sonnenfeld|
|1991||Hot Shots!||Jim Abrahams||actor; second collaboration with Jim Abrahams|
|1991||For the Boys||Mark Rydell||songs only|
|1992||Sister Act||Emile Ardolino||N/A|
|1992||Mr. Saturday Night||Billy Crystal||First collaboration with Billy Crystal|
|1992||A Few Good Men||Rob Reiner||Third collaboration with Rob Reiner|
|1993||Sleepless in Seattle||Nora Ephron||Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song ("A Wink and a Smile")|
Nominated for a BAFTA for Best Original Music
|1993||Heart and Souls||Ron Underwood||Second collaboration with Ron Underwood|
|1993||Life with Mikey||James Lapine||N/A|
|1993||Addams Family Values||Barry Sonnenfeld||Second collaboration with Barry Sonnenfeld|
|1993||Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit||Bill Duke||N/A|
|1994||City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold||Paul Weiland||N/A|
|1994||North||Rob Reiner||Fourth collaboration with Rob Reiner|
|1994||Speechless||Ron Underwood||Third collaboration with Ron Underwood|
|1994||That's Entertainment! III||Bud Friedgen and Michael J. Sheridan||N/A|
|1995||Stuart Saves His Family||Harold Ramis||N/A|
|1995||Forget Paris||Billy Crystal||Second collaboration with Billy Crystal|
|1995||The American President||Rob Reiner||Fifth collaboration with Rob Reiner|
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Musical or Comedy Score
|1996||The First Wives Club||Hugh Wilson||Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Musical or Comedy Score|
|1996||Ghosts of Mississippi||Rob Reiner||Sixth collaboration with Rob Reiner|
|1997||George of the Jungle||Sam Weisman||First collaboration with Sam Weisman|
|1997||In & Out||Frank Oz||N/A|
|1998||My Giant||Michael Lehmann||N/A|
|1998||Simon Birch||Mark Steven Johnson||N/A|
|1998||Patch Adams||Tom Shadyac||Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Musical or Comedy Score|
|1999||The Out-of-Towners||Sam Weisman||Second collaboration with Sam Weisman|
|1999||South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut||Trey Parker||First collaboration with Trey Parker|
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song ("Blame Canada")
|1999||The Story of Us||Rob Reiner||With Eric Clapton; seventh collaboration with Rob Reiner|
|2000||The Kid||Jon Turteltaub||N/A|
|2001||Get Over It||Tommy O'Haver||songs only|
|2001||One Night at McCool's||Harald Zwart||N/A|
|2001||The Wedding Planner||Adam Shankman||First collaboration with Adam Shankman|
|2003||Down with Love||Peyton Reed||N/A|
|2003||Alex & Emma||Rob Reiner||Eighth collaboration with Rob Reiner|
|2003||The Cat in the Hat||Bo Welch||songs only|
|2003||Marci X||Richard Benjamin||songs only|
|2004||Team America: World Police||Trey Parker||Second collaboration with Trey Parker; song only, score was rejected and replaced by Harry Gregson-Williams|
|2005||Rumor Has It...||Rob Reiner||Ninth collaboration with Rob Reiner|
|2007||Hairspray||Adam Shankman||Second collaboration with Adam Shankman|
|2007||The Bucket List||Rob Reiner||Tenth collaboration with Rob Reiner|
|2007||Bee Movie||Simon J. Smith and Steve Hickner||song in end credits only|
|2010||Flipped||Rob Reiner||Eleventh collaboration with Rob Reiner|
|2012||The Magic of Belle Isle||Rob Reiner||Twelfth collaboration with Rob Reiner|
|2012||Parental Guidance||Andy Fickman||N/A|
|2014||And So It Goes||Rob Reiner||Thirteenth collaboration with Rob Reiner|
|2016||LBJ||Rob Reiner||Fourteenth collaboration with Rob Reiner|
|2017||The Star||Timothy Reckart||Nominated with Mariah Carey for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song ("The Star")|
|2018||Mary Poppins Returns||Rob Marshall||Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score|
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song ("The Place Where Lost Things Go")
Nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Original Music
Nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Score
+ = Emmy nominee
+# = Emmy winner
* = Golden Globe nominee
+ = Tony nominee
+# = Tony winner
Harry Connick, Jr.
+ = Grammy nominee
Original Broadway cast recordings
+ = Grammy nominee
+# = Grammy winner
+ = Grammy nominee