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. Shaiman received his eighth 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 works include the score to long-time collaborator Rob Reiner’s film LBJ, a song for the Annapurna Pictures film Wiener-Dog which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and the Golden Globe nominated main title song for The Star which he co-wrote with Mariah Carey. Up next for Shaiman is the sequel of Disney’s beloved classic, Mary Poppins Returns.
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.