Tony, Grammy, Emmy winning and 5 time Oscar-nominated Marc Shaiman entered show business at the age of 16, and it was at LaMama down on 4th Street.
He and co-lyricist Scott Wittman have written the new songs for Rob Marshall and Disney’s upcoming sequel to ‘Mary Poppins’, entitled “Mary Poppins Returns”, and their musical “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory” is currently in rehearsal for a national tour.
Film credits include “Sleepless In Seattle”, “Patch Adams”, “The First Wives Club”, The American President”, “South Park-Bigger, Longer & Uncut”), “Beaches”, “When Harry Met Sally”, “City Slickers”, “The Addams Family”, “A Few Good Men”, “Sister Act” and “The Bucket List”.
Besides “Hairspray”, his and Mr. Wittman’s other original Broadway musicals are “Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me” and “Catch Me If You Can”, while Mr. Shaiman’s Off-Broadway productions include “The High-Heeled Women”, “Livin’ Dolls” and “Andre De Shields’ Haarlem Nocturne” (at LaMama!).
Television credits include SNL’s “The Sweeney Sisters”, “Smash”, appearances with Billy Crystal, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Lane, Jenifer Lewis, Jennifer Hudson, Jack Black and Will Ferrell and Bette Midler on Johnny Carson’s penultimate Tonight Show.
Other performers Marc has collaborated with include Peter Allen, Kristen Chenoweth, Eric Clapton, Christine Ebersole, Diane Keaton, Patti LuPone, Steve Martin, Barbra Streisand, Robin Williams…
He has co-produced/arranged recordings for Miss Midler, Harry Connick Jr. and Mariah Carey, including “The Wind Beneath My Wings” and “From A Distance”. And he is quite fond of his online opus “Prop 8 – The Musical”.
He and co-writer Mariah Carey were recently nominated for a Golden Globe for their title song for the animated film “The Star”.
Mr. Shaiman & Mr. Wittman were celebrated in 2014 by the New York Pops with a spectacular concert at Carnegie Hall.