Five-time Oscar nominee—and Emmy and Tony Award winning composer—Marc Shaiman has written original songs and scores for a wide range of projects spanning film, television, and Broadway. His film works include Flipped, Hairspray, The Bucket List, South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (Academy Award nominee), A Few Good Men, Patch Adams (Academy Award nominee), George of the Jungle, In & Out, First Wives Club (Academy Award nominee), Mother, The American President (Academy Award nominee), City Slickers, Sister Act, The Addams Family, Sleepless in Seattle (Academy Award nominee), and When Harry Met Sally. His stage work includes the Broadway hit Hairspray (Tony Award winner), Fame Becomes Me, The Odd Couple, Catch Me if You Can and most recently Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which opens on Broadway in April. Shaiman received his third Emmy nomination for his original song “Hang the Moon” for the NBC musical series Smash, which Shaiman executive produced with Steven Spielberg. Shaiman’s recent film work includes the score to long-time collaborator Rob Reiner’s inspirational drama The Magic of Belle Isle starring Morgan Freeman, Reiner’s romantic comedy And So It Goes starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, and Parental Guidance starring Bette Midler and Billy Crystal for Fox.
Shaiman collaborated with Scott Wittman on a song for the Annapurna Pictures film Wiener-Dog which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Up next for Shaiman is the remake of Disney’s beloved classic, Mary Poppins Returns, and the Rob Reiner film LBJ, a biopic about former president Lyndon B. Johnson starring Woody Harrelson.
A native of New Jersey, Shaiman established himself early as a theatre music director and skilled accompanist, forging a collaborative relationship with Bette Midler. As a musician on Saturday Night Live, he connected with Martin Short and Billy Crystal, soon leading him to Hollywood. He has been recognized with numerous awards, and both his sweeping romantic themes and unforgettable songs have earned a permanent place in the culture’s memory bank.