Award-winning composer, lyricist, orchestrator, and musician Marc Shaiman has successfully created music for TV, film, and theatre since entering show business at the age of 16 in 1976.
Recently, Shaiman co-wrote the songs and composed the score for director Rob Marshall and Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, the film sequel to the classic. For his work on the film, Shaiman was nominated for a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award and garnered his sixth and seventh Oscar nominations: one for Best Original Score and one — with his co-lyricist and longtime collaborator Scott Wittman — for Best Original Song, “The Place Where Lost Things Go.”
He is currently co-writing the score for a new musical version of Some Like It Hot coming to Broadway in 2020, as well as co-writing songs for a Marc Platt/Steven Spielberg-produced Universal Pictures movie musical entitled Industrials.
Shaiman has received seven Oscar nominations: for Mary Poppins Returns, Sleepless in Seattle, Patch Adams, The First Wives Club, The American President, and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. He has received two Tony Award nominations (winning one for co-writing the score to Hairspray with Wittman), four Grammy Awards (winning one for the original cast recording of Hairspray), 11 Emmy Awards (winning one for his work on Billy Crystal’s Academy Award hosting), four Golden Globe nominations (Saturday Night Live, Smash, The Star title song co-written with Mariah Carey), and two BAFTA nominations (Sleepless in Seattle and Mary Poppins Returns).
Shaiman’s other film work includes Beaches, When Harry Met Sally, Misery, City Slickers, The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, A Few Good Men, Sister Act (1 and 2), George of the Jungle, In and Out, Hocus Pocus, The Bucket List, and Parental Guidance. He served as executive producer of the successful film adaptation of his Broadway musical Hairspray.
In addition to Hairspray, his other original Broadway musical credits are the Tony-nominated Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, the Tony-winning Catch Me If You Can, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Broadway concert credits are Peter Allen’s Up in One, Bette Midler’s Divine Madness, and Patti LuPone on Broadway, plus the review Ellie Greenwich’s Leader of the Pack. After a tremendously successful concert for the Actors Fund, his musical Bombshell, created as part of the TV show Smash, is now being developed into a Broadway show.
Shaiman has co-produced and arranged Grammy-winning recordings for music icons such as Bette Midler, Harry Connick Jr., and Mariah Carey, including the Grammy-winning recordings “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “From a Distance.”
His television ventures include “The Sweeney Sisters” on SNL; countless award and talk show appearances (with Billy Crystal, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Lane, Martin Short), Jenifer Lewis’ Jackie’s Back, the Emmy-winning “SNL 40th,” Smash, and his proudest TV achievement, his collaboration with Bette Midler for her Emmy-winning appearance as his final guest on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show.
Other performers with whom he has collaborated in concert, cabaret, film and television include Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Kristin Chenoweth, Eric Clapton, Christine Ebersole, Kathy Griffin, Allison Janney, Jennifer Holliday, Jennifer Hudson, Diane Keaton, Steve Martin, John Mayer, Audra McDonald, Barbra Streisand, Queen Latifah, and Robin Williams. At the legendary after-party for “SNL 40th,” he jammed with Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, and Prince and completely lost his shit.
He is quite fond of Prop 8: The Musical, the online opus he wrote for the website Funny or Die.
In 2014, Shaiman and Wittman were celebrated by the New York Pops with a spectacular concert at Carnegie Hall. Shaiman was recently honored with the Ambassador Award by the Society of Composers and Lyricists in December 2018 and with the Icon Award at the Guild of Music Supervisors Awards in February 2019.
Shaiman is married to retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Louis Mirabal and resides in New York City and upstate New York.