Marc Shaiman News

Date of Birth: November 22, 1959 (57)
Birth Place: Scotch Plains, NJ, USA
Gender: Male
Laguna Playhouse presents the First Show of 2017-2018 & 98th Season: HAIRSPRAYLaguna Playhouse presents the First Show of 2017-2018 & 98th Season: HAIRSPRAY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2017

GOOD MORNING, LAGUNA BEACH!  Laguna Playhouse is thrilled to announce the first show in the Laguna Playhouse 2017-2018 and 98th season with the effervescent musical, HAIRSPRAY, book by Thomas Meehan and Mark O'Donnell, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, musical direction by Michael Ferrara and directed and choreographed by Paula Hammons Sloan. "We are opening our season with just the perfect show for a Laguna Beach Summer," comments Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Ellen Richard.  Adds Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham "We welcome Paula Hammons Sloan and the "nicest kids in town" back to our stage for this nostalgic musical confection. Talent abounds on our stage this Summer!"  HAIRSPRAY will begin previews on Wednesday, July 5; will open on Sunday, July 9 at 5:30pm and will run through Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. (more...)

For Your EMMY Consideration: HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Kristin Chenoweth & Jennifer Hudson!For Your EMMY Consideration: HAIRSPRAY LIVE's Kristin Chenoweth & Jennifer Hudson!
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 13, 2017

Among the potential EMMY nominees this year may be HAIRSPRAY LIVE! standouts Kristin Chenoweth, who took on the role of Velma Von Tussle in the NBC live broadcast, and Jennifer Hudson, who portrayed Motormouth Maybelle. (more...)

SMASH's Marilyn Monroe Musical BOMBSHELL Inches Closer to BroadwaySMASH's Marilyn Monroe Musical BOMBSHELL Inches Closer to Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2017

It's been a couple of years since BOMBSHELL, the Marilyn Monroe musical from NBC's cult series SMASH, started the long journey to Broadway. But as we bask in the afterglow of the Tony Awards, the LA Times reports the show 'looks Broadway-bound for real.' (more...)

Dick Van Dyke Praises 'MARY POPPINS' Stars Blunt & Miranda: 'I Was Impressed'Dick Van Dyke Praises 'MARY POPPINS' Stars Blunt & Miranda: 'I Was Impressed'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2017

In an interview with The New York Post, song and dance man Dick Van Dyke praises the cast and crew of Disney's upcoming MARY POPPINS RETURNS. The actor, who will make a cameo in the highly anticipated film, will be the only original 'POPPINS' cast member making an appearance in the movie. (more...)

Photo Flash: Stars of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Reunite for PanelPhoto Flash: Stars of HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Reunite for Panel
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2017

The stars and creative team of 'HAIRSPRAY LIVE!' reunited for a panel discussion and special performances on Friday, June 9, 2017 at the Saban Media Center at the Television Academy, North Hollywood. (more...)

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Brings Down the House with Latest 'I Know Where I've Been'VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Brings Down the House with Latest 'I Know Where I've Been'
by Stage Tube - Jun 10, 2017

Jennifer Hudson is once again taking the world by storm as she blows the roof off of venues with her rendition of 'I Know Where I've Been,' which she first performed as part of NBC's 'Hairspray Live!' This time she took the stage at an FYC event at the Television Academy, check out the video below! (more...)

BWW Tonys Special: Ultimate Guide to This Season's Cast RecordingsBWW Tonys Special: Ultimate Guide to This Season's Cast Recordings
by David Clarke - Jun 10, 2017

Happy Tonys season BroadwayWorld! Is your CD collection and iPod Tonys ready? The big show-the 71th annual Tony Awards-is just over 24 hours away! Naturally, New York City and theatre fans across the world are excitedly buzzing about this year's ceremonies, which will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 8/7c on CBS. As always, this Broadway season has some exciting contenders in the musical categories, and to get you ready for the big night, I'm recapping the albums you should be listening to (or at least pre-ordering). (more...)

Julie Andrews Will Not Appear in Disney's MARY POPPINS RETURNSJulie Andrews Will Not Appear in Disney's MARY POPPINS RETURNS
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 9, 2017

To the disappointment of MARY POPPINS fans everywhere, director Rob Marshall revealed that the original magical nanny, Julie Andrews, will not be making an appearance in Disney's highly anticipated MARY POPPINS RETURNS. (more...)

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for June 8, 2017GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for June 8, 2017
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 8, 2017

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! It's Thursday, June 8, 2017 - which means it's #theaterThursday (seriously, you could help a guy out here and make that hashtag a #thing) and your latest opportunity to live life dramatically! What better way to do that than by making plans to get yourself to the theater and see a show, live onstage… (more...)

PHOTOS: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda in MARY POPPINS RETURNS + More Details Revealed!PHOTOS: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda in MARY POPPINS RETURNS + More Details Revealed!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2017

New details and images are revealed for Disney's highly anticipated MARY POPPINS RETURNS in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands this Friday. (more...)

HAIRSPRAY Returns to Glasgow King'sHAIRSPRAY Returns to Glasgow King's
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2017

Norman Pace (ITV1's The Hale and Pace Show) will play Wilbur Turnblad when the smash-hit musical, Hairspray arrives in Glasgow this October as part of a major UK tour. (more...)

BWW Review: Live in Living Color: Vibrant CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Closes Lyric SeasonBWW Review: Live in Living Color: Vibrant CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Closes Lyric Season
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 5, 2017

It's hard to imagine why this gem of a show had such a short Broadway run, but it is finding new life in regional productions, not the least of which opened here at South Portland's Lyric Music Theater this past weekend. Directed by Mary Meserve with sparkling choreography by Raymond Marc Dumont and featuring a large cast with strong vocal-dramatic abilities, anchored by Eric Berry-Sandelin's charismatic performance as Frank Abagnale, Jr., this is a delight not to be missed! (more...)

BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY brings colorful music and fun to Greenville Little TheatreBWW Review: HAIRSPRAY brings colorful music and fun to Greenville Little Theatre
by Neil Shurley - Jun 4, 2017

Greenville Little Theatre delivers great music, fabulous dancing and a still relevant message with their colorful new production of the musical Hairspray. (more...)

A Sweet Treat! CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Original Broadway Cast Album Available Digitally Today; In-Stores 6/23A Sweet Treat! CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Original Broadway Cast Album Available Digitally Today; In-Stores 6/23
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2017

The Original Broadway Cast Recording for Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is available digitally today and will be available in-stores Friday, June 23, 2017. (more...)

You Can't Stop the Beat! Casting Announced For UK Tour of HAIRSPRAYYou Can't Stop the Beat! Casting Announced For UK Tour of HAIRSPRAY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Norman Pace (ITV1's The Hale and Pace Show) will play Wilbur Turnblad in the major UK tour of the smash hit musical Hairspray, opening at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff this summer. (more...)

54 Below Announces Cabaret Benefit: Tim Realbuto & Friends Sing Jeanine Tesori54 Below Announces Cabaret Benefit: Tim Realbuto & Friends Sing Jeanine Tesori
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2017

Join award winning performer/composer Tim Realbuto (The Emperor's Club; Off-Broadway's YES) as he returns to Feinstein's/54 Below for the fifth time, this time celebrating one of Broadway's greatest treasures, Tony Award winning composer and women's history maker Jeanine Tesori. (more...)

Theater Talk: It's a Sugar Rush with the CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Creative TeamTheater Talk: It's a Sugar Rush with the CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Creative Team
by Theater Talk - May 22, 2017

This week Theater Talk welcomes back two all-time favorite guests, composer/lyricist Marc Shaiman and lyricist Scott Wittman whose new show Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has just opened on Broadway. Along with them was Tony-winning director Jack O'Brien, making his first appearance on our show. The trio whose collaboration on Hairspray won them all Tony Awards and massive acclaim in 2002, have returned to Broadway with this stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic 1964 children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The musical also includes an infusion of some key songs from the 1971 film of the story, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. In addition to some snappy conversation between them, Shaiman performs several of his compositions for the new show and a delightful time is had by all. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2017

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VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Performs Show-Stopping HAIRSPRAY LIVE Number at CTGLA's 50th Anniversary CelebrationVIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Performs Show-Stopping HAIRSPRAY LIVE Number at CTGLA's 50th Anniversary Celebration
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2017

LA's Center Theatre Group celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a plethora of performance stars including Jennifer Hudson who took the stage at the gala event and performed one of her most show-stopping numbers from Hairspray Live, 'I Know Where I've Been.' (more...)

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Talks Taking on Empowering Role in HAIRSPRAY LIVEVIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Talks Taking on Empowering Role in HAIRSPRAY LIVE
by Stage Tube - May 20, 2017

Jennifer Hudson recently sat down with GoldDerby to have a conversation about what it was like taking on the iconic role of Motormouth Maybelle in NBC's Hairspray Live. Hudson describes the role as deeply empowering and very relevant to times today. She also touches on the difficulties in taking on a role that so many greats have played before her and how she brought her own experiences into the character. Check out the full interview for more. (more...)

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