Marc Shaiman Biography


Marc Shaiman Biography

Date of Birth: November 22, 1959 (56)
Birth Place: Scotch Plains, NJ, USA
Gender: Male

Marc Shaiman received Tony, Grammy and Drama Desk Awards for Hairspray. He has toiled on more than 50 films including South Park, Patch Adams, The First Wives Club, The American President, Sleepless in Seattle, Broadcast News, When Harry Met Sally, Beaches, City Slickers, The Addams Family, A Few Good Men, Sister Act, In & Out and George of the Jungle. He has been nominated five times for an Oscar and lost every time. He started his career as vocal arranger for Bette Midler, eventually becoming her musical director and producer. Their collaboration on her Emmy Award-winning performance for Johnny Carson's final "Tonight Show" will always remain a dream. He auditioned but was not chosen to play himself on her sitcom. Marc was an Emmy nominee for writing on "Saturday Night Live" (the Sweeney Sisters) and is an actual Emmy Award winner for co-writing Billy Crystal's "Oscar Medleys." He has been nominated for two Grammy Awards for his arrangements for Harry Connick Jr., and he has worked with many other artists including Peter Allen, Eric Clapton, Lauryn Hill, Nathan Lane, Patti LuPone, Martin Short and Barbra Streisand. He resides in both Los Angeles and New York City with theatre director and collaborator Scott Wittman. Their 23-year relationship is his proudest achievement.

Marc Shaiman Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Lyrics
Marc Shaiman, Catch Me if You Can
Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Music
Marc Shaiman, Catch Me if You Can
Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Orchestrations
Marc Shaiman, Catch Me if You Can
Tony Awards - 2011 - Best Orchestrations
Marc Shaiman, Catch Me If You Can
Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Lyrics
Marc Shaiman, Hairspray
Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Music
Marc Shaiman, Hairspray
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 2003 - Best Musical
Marc Shaiman, Hairspray
Tony Awards - 2003 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Marc Shaiman, Hairspray


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