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Wittman was raised in Nanuet, New York, graduated from Nanuet Senior High School in 1972 and attended Emerson College in Boston for two years before leaving to pursue a career in musical theatre in New York City. While directing a show for a Greenwich Village club he met songwriter and composer Marc Shaiman, and the two became collaborators and professional partners. While Shaiman wrote for television shows, including Saturday Night Live, Wittman directed concerts for such artists as Bette Midler, Christine Ebersole, Raquel Welch, Dame Edna Everage, and Lypsinka, among others.



In 2002, Shaiman and Wittman wrote the music and lyrics for the musical Hairspray, which won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics, the Tony Award for Best Original Score, and a Grammy Award. In addition to Hairspray, Wittman conceived, wrote lyrics for, and directed Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and conceived and directed Matters of the Heart, a solo concert by Patti LuPone in 2000.

Shaiman and Wittman worked on Catch Me If You Can, a musical adaptation of the 2002 Steven Spielberg film, together with Terrence McNally. The musical opened on Broadway in April 2011. They again worked together on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical.

In 2011, Hairspray was performed at Nanuet Senior High School, where Wittman attended high school.

In 2013, Wittman and Marc Shaiman co-wrote the score for Bombshell, a musical about Marilyn Monroe within the context of the NBC television show Smash. A soundtrack was released later that same year.

Wittman and Shaiman collaborated in 2018 on Mary Poppins Returns where Wittman wrote the lyrics for nine of the tracks listed. He and Shaiman were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song "The Place Where Lost Things Go".

In 2021, Wittman and Shaiman wrote a song entitled "Save the City" for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in-universe Broadway production, titled Rogers: The Musical featured in the first episode of Hawkeye, "Never Meet Your Heroes". It was released as a single on November 24, the day the episode became available on Disney+.

In February 2021, it was announced that Wittman and Shaiman were writing songs for a new musical adaptation of Some Like It Hot, due on Broadway in 2022, with a book by Amber Ruffin and Matthew Lopez.

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Scott Wittman Awards and Nominations


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BroadwayWorld Awards - 2023 - Best Original Score

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Drama Desk Awards - 2023 - Outstanding Lyrics

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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2023 - Outstanding New Score

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Tony Awards - 2023 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

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Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Lyrics

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Drama Desk Awards - 2006 - Outstanding Lyrics

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Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Lyrics

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New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 2003 - Best Musical

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Tony Awards - 2003 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

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Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, & Marc Shaiman React to Emmy Nomination for ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING

Along with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the songwriting duo have been nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics for their work in Only Murders in the Building. If honored with an award, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul will become EGOT winners, the quadruple threat consisting of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards.
Patti LuPone: A LIFE IN NOTES Album Will Be Released This Week

Patti LuPone: A Life in Notes will be released digitally on July 19, and on CD on August 30, from Center Stage Records. Her first new studio album since 2006, the Grammy Award winner’s new double album can be pre-ordered now.
ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING, Carrie Coon & More Receive 2024 Emmy Nominations- See Full List

Sheryl Lee Ralph and Tony Hale will reveal the 76th Primetime Emmy Award nominations from the historic El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. Nominees include Only Murders in the Building, The Gilded Age, The Morning Show, The Crown, and more.
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Comes to City Circle Theatre Company

Catch Me If You Can is coming to City Circle Theatre Company this month. Performances run July 19-28, 2024. 
Review: THE MUSIC MAN Is Still Charming at Pittsburgh CLO

I'll admit, I had a huge smile on my face all the way through The Music Man that had little to nothing to do with the production itself. You see, I'm a nerd and a theatre kid in my thirties, and to that demographic, there was a cultural phenomenon just as big as Monty Python and Star Trek were to Gen X. I refer, of course, to the legendary ABC comedy variety show, Whose Line Is It Anyway. Seeing Charles Esten (who you may recall by his improv-era stage name Chip Esten) appear onstage and flash that memorable toothy grin for the first time, I felt like I was transported back to fifth grade again. This was just the first pleasure in an altogether lovely evening of theatre: the artistic equivalent of a good old-fashioned picnic.
Cast Set For Mountain Theatre Company's CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

Mountain Theatre Company will present CATCH ME IF YOU CAN at the Highlands Performing Arts Center this summer. Learn more and see how to purchase tickets.
HAIRSPRAY and World Premiere of TRICK! THE MUSICAL Lead Out Front Theatre Company's 2024/25 Season

Out Front Theatre Company has announced its 2024/25 season lineup. The company's ninth season will feature a Tony Award-winning beloved musical, a campy holiday mystery, incredible plays new to Atlanta, and the world premiere stage adaptation of a 1990's queer cult-classic film.
Video: Steve Martin and Martin Short Discuss the Premise of ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING Season 4

On Monday, Steve Martin stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! (guest hosted by Martin Short) to discuss his latest projects and tease the highly anticipated fourth season of Only Murders in the Building. Watch the interview!
Review: HAIRSPRAY at Broadway Dallas

Don't miss out on an energetic evening of singing, dancing, fun, and reflection. HAIRSPRAY is at Music Hall at Fair Park June 18-30.
THE CONNECTOR Cast Album Now Available; Plus Watch the Cast Recording 'The Whole World Changed'

The original cast recording of MCC Theater’s acclaimed world premiere production of The Connector is available today! Plus, watch Hannah Cruz, Scott Bakula and the cast record 'The Whole World Changed'.
Video: New Trailer for SMASH THE MUSICAL

Get a first look at the new trailer for Smash the Musical.
New York City Ballet Announces 2024 Fall Fashion Gala

The New York City Ballet's 2024 Fall Fashion Gala will feature world premiere ballets and stunning costumes by renowned designers, blending the worlds of fashion and dance in an unforgettable evening.
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Comes to Coralville Center for the Performing Arts in July

City Circle Theatre Company will present a high-flying musical comedy based on an incredible true story, Catch Me If You Can, at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts July 19–21 & 26–28, 2024.
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Say Steve Martin 'Knocked It Out of the Park' With ONLY MURDERS Patter Song

In a new interview as part of Deadline's Sound and Screen Television, Tony-award-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul praised Steve Martin's performance singing 'Which of the Pickwick Triplets Did It' from Season 3 of Only Murders in the Building. The song, written in collaboration with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, was helmed for the in-universe musical Death Rattle Dazzle starring Martin's character, Charles-Haden Savage.
Patti LuPone Will Bring A LIFE IN NOTES to the London Coliseum in 2025

Patti LuPone will return to the UK for the first time since her triumphant Oliver Award-winning turn in Company, to perform her solo show Patti LuPone: A Life in Notes.
Review: THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES at Bay Street Theatre

What did our critic think of THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES at Bay Street Theatre?
SOME LIKE IT HOT Is Coming To The Fisher Theatre This October 1

Experience the musical SOME LIKE IT HOT at the Fisher Theatre from October 1-13.
Videos: Watch SISTER ACT 2 Reunion With Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy & More

As previously reported, The View hosted a reunion show celebrating the 30th anniversary of Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit on Wednesday. The event show featured Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy, Marc Shaiman, Wendy Makkena, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and more. Watch clips from the reunion now!
Video: Steve Martin, Martin Short, & Selena Gomez Tease Season 4 of ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING

The murder-solving trio of the hit series Only Murders in the Building appeared on Good Morning America during a break from filming the highly anticipated upcoming season.

Scott Wittman FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many shows has Scott Wittman written?

Scott Wittman has written 7 shows including Hairspray (Lyricist), Livin' Dolls (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), Patti LuPone: Matters of the Heart (Conceiver), Catch Me If You Can (Lyricist), Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me (Conceiver), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Composer), Some Like It Hot (Lyricist).

What awards has Scott Wittman been nominated for?

Scott Wittman has been nominated for several awards in the Broadway industry. These include Best Original Score in the BroadwayWorld Awards for "Some Like It Hot," Outstanding Lyrics in the Drama Desk Awards for "Some Like It Hot," Outstanding New Score in the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Some Like It Hot," Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre in the Tony Awards for "Some Like It Hot," Outstanding Lyrics in the Drama Desk Awards for "Catch Me if You Can," Outstanding Lyrics in the Drama Desk Awards for "Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me," Outstanding Lyrics in the Drama Desk Awards for "Hairspray," Best Musical in the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for "Hairspray," and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre in the Tony Awards for "Hairspray."

What awards has Scott Wittman won?

Scott Wittman has won the following awards: Best Original Score (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Some Like It Hot, Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Some Like it Hot, Outstanding New Score (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Some Like It Hot, Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Hairspray, Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Hairspray, and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Hairspray.

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