Marc Shaiman

Composer, Lyricist, Actor
Noted for his bouncy film scores that are a throwback to the heyday of the Tin Pan Alley composers, Marc Shaiman first gained prominence as the musical director for Bette Midler and her back-up singers, The Harlettes ... Read more »
Born: 10/22/1959 in Newark, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Music (123)

And So it Goes 2014 (Movie)

Score Producer (Score Recording)

And So it Goes 2014 (Movie)

(Music)

Parental Guidance 2012 (Movie)

(Music)

The Magic Of Belle Isle 2012 (Movie)

(Music)

This Is 40 2012 (Movie)

("You Can't Stop The Beat") (Song)

Christmas in Washington 2010 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Music Arranger

Flipped 2010 (Movie)

(Music)

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Music Arranger

The A-List Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Composer

Bedtime Stories 2008 (Movie)

("At The Nottingham Broadway Mega Resort") (Song)

Billy Crystal: The Mark Twain Prize 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Song

Bee Movie 2007 (Movie)

("Thinkin' Bee") (Music)

Bee Movie 2007 (Movie)

("Thinkin' Bee") (Music Producer)

Bee Movie 2007 (Movie)

("Thinkin' Bee") (Lyrics)

Hairspray 2007 (Movie)

(Composer)

Hairspray 2007 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Original Music)

Hairspray 2007 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Hairspray 2007 (Movie)

("Tied Up In The Knots Of Sin") (Song Performer)

Hairspray 2007 (Movie)

("Good Morning Baltimore") (Lyrics)

Hairspray 2007 (Movie)

("Good Morning Baltimore") (Music)

The 79th Annual Academy Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Music

The Bucket List 2007 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Bucket List 2007 (Movie)

Featured Piano (Music)

The Bucket List 2007 (Movie)

("Tush") (Music Producer)

Rumor Has It... 2005 (Movie)

Prodoced by(Pasadena Girl) (Song)

Rumor Has It... 2005 (Movie)

Score Composed and Adapted (Music)

Team America: World Police 2004 (Movie)

("Everyone Had AIDS") (Song)

Team America: World Police 2004 (Movie)

("America, F**k Yeah (Bummer Remix") (Music Producer)

Alex & Emma 2003 (Movie)

Music Adaptation (Music Arranger)

Alex & Emma 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

Charlie Lawrence 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Down With Love 2003 (Movie)

("Here's To Love") (Song)

Down With Love 2003 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Down With Love 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003 (Movie)

("Annie To Empire") (Song)

Marci X 2003 (Movie)

(Original Music)

61* 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Music

Bette! 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Get Over It 2001 (Movie)

songs (Song)

One Night At Mccool's 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

What's The Worst That Could Happen? 2001 (Movie)

Tardio and Amber Themes Performer (Theme Music Performer)

Disney's The Kid 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

The Martin Short Show 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Music

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut 1999 (Movie)

songs/song producer("Mountain Town" "Uncle Fucka" "Wendy's Song" "It's Easy, Mmmkay" "Blame Canada" "Kyle's Mom's a Bitch" "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" "Up There" "La Resistance (Medley)" "I'm Super" "The Mole's Reprise" "Mountain Town (Reprise)") (Song)

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

The Out-Of-Towners 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

The Story of Us 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

The Story of Us 1999 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

My Giant 1998 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

My Giant 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Patch Adams 1998 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Patch Adams 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Simon Birch 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Bette Midler -- Diva Las Vegas 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Music

George of the Jungle 1997 (Movie)

(Original Music)

George of the Jungle 1997 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

George of the Jungle 1997 (Movie)

music production("George of the Jungle" (Main Title)) (Music)

In & Out 1997 (Movie)

("Hail to Thee O Greenleaf High") (Song)

In & Out 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

That Old Feeling 1997 (Movie)

song producer("Somewhere Along the Way") (Song)

Bogus 1996 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Bogus 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

Ghosts of Mississippi 1996 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Ghosts of Mississippi 1996 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

Mother 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

Mother 1996 (Movie)

song producer("Mrs Robinson") (Song)

The First Wives Club 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

The First Wives Club 1996 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

Forget Paris 1995 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

Forget Paris 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Stuart Saves His Family 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

The American President 1995 (Movie)

music composer and producer (Music)

North 1994 (Movie)

music composer & producer (Music)

Speechless 1994 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

(Music Arranger)

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Song

Addams Family Values 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

For Love Or Money 1993 (Movie)

("I Could Love a Man (Who Uses His Head)" "In Your Eyes") (Song)

Heart and Souls 1993 (Movie)

("My Heart and Soul") (Song)

Heart and Souls 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Hocus Pocus 1993 (Movie)

song producer (Song)

Life With Mikey 1993 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 (Movie)

song arranger (Song)

Sleepless in Seattle 1993 (Movie)

(Song)

Sleepless in Seattle 1993 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Sleepless in Seattle 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

A Few Good Men 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

A Few Good Men 1992 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Mr. Saturday Night 1992 (Movie)

score producer (Music Producer)

Mr. Saturday Night 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Sister Act 1992 (Movie)

score orchestrations (Original Music)

Sister Act 1992 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

City Slickers 1991 (Movie)

("Where Did My Heart Go?") (Song)

City Slickers 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

For the Boys 1991 (Movie)

song arranger("Billy-a-Dick" "I Remember You" "P.S. I Love You" "The Girl Friend of the Whirling Dervish" "Dixie's Dream" "Baby It's Cold Outside") (Song)

Girls Night Out: Paula Poundstone and Rita Rudner 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Scenes From A Mall 1991 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Scenes From A Mall 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Song

The Addams Family 1991 (Movie)

music score producer (Music)

Billy Crystal: Midnight Train to Moscow 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

Misery 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Partners in Life 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

What's Alan Watching? 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Music

When Harry Met Sally... 1989 (Movie)

songs("Lady's Lunch" "The Tables Have Turned") (Song)

When Harry Met Sally... 1989 (Movie)

(Original Music)

When Harry Met Sally... 1989 (Movie)

(Music Arranger)

When Harry Met Sally... 1989 (Movie)

music adaptation (Music)

Beaches 1988 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

Beaches 1988 (Movie)

("Otto Titsling") (Song)

Bette Midler's Mondo Beyondo 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Music

Big Business 1988 (Movie)

vocal arranger(Bette Midler) (Music Arranger)

Big Business 1988 (Movie)

(New York montage) (Music)

Big Business 1988 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

Women of the Night 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Music

Billy Crystal -- Don't Get Me Started 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Music

Divine Madness 1980 (Movie)

lyrics("Big Noise From Winnetka") (Theme Lyrics)

Divine Madness 1980 (Movie)

(background vocals) (Music Arranger)

From the Earth to the Moon (TV Show)

Music

Jackie's Back! (TV Show)

Music

Sessions (TV Show)

Music
Actor (19)

Smash 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bravo's A-List Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Generation Boom 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Hairspray 2007 (Movie)

Talent Agent (Actor)

The Score 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

South Park 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

Get Bruce 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Bette Midler 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Soundtrack Story 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Martin Short Show 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

North 1994 (Movie)

Piano Player (Actor)

Heart and Souls 1993 (Movie)

Piano Accompanist (Actor)

Mr. Saturday Night 1992 (Movie)

Lucky Zinberg (Actor)

Hot Shots! 1991 (Movie)

Piano Player (Actor)

Scenes From A Mall 1991 (Movie)

Pianist (Actor)

The Addams Family 1991 (Movie)

Conductor (Actor)

Broadcast News 1987 (Movie)

News Theme Writer (Actor)
Writer (9)

Saturday Night Live 1975 - 2015 (TV Show)

Writer

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Writer

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Writer

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Writer

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Writer

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Writer

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Screenplay

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (2)

Hairspray 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Other (5)

The Wedding Planner 2001 (Movie)

score consultant (Consultant)

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut 1999 (Movie)

score (Other)

George of the Jungle 1997 (Movie)

arrangement("Man on the Flying Trapeze") (Other)

Ghosts of Mississippi 1996 (Movie)

arrangement("I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free") (Other)

Women of the Night II 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Other

Biography

Noted for his bouncy film scores that are a throwback to the heyday of the Tin Pan Alley composers, Marc Shaiman first gained prominence as the musical director for Bette Midler and her back-up singers, The Harlettes, in the mid-1970s. As a teenager, he had dropped out of high school and moved to NYC in the hopes of working with Midler. When her pianist, Barry Manilow, moved on, the Divine Miss M hired Shaiman and their careers have been intertwined since. He has worked on numerous stage shows with Midler, written special material for the artist and served as music supervisor on several of her films, notably "Beaches" (1988), to which he also contributed the song "Otto Titsling", and "For the Boys" (1991), for which he co-wrote the song "Dixie's Dream". He also scored Paul Mazursky's "Scenes From a Mall" (1991) and Hugh Wilson's "The First Wives Club" (1996), both starring Midler, and collaborated with her on the TV specials "Bette Midler's Mondo Beyondo" (HBO, 1988), "Bette Midler--Diva Las Vegas" (HBO, 1997) and "Jackie's Back!" (Lifetime, 1999).

Relationships

William Robert Shaiman

Father

Claire Shaiman

Mother

Scott Wittman

Companion
together since c. 1979

EDUCATION

dropped out of high school to pursue music career

Milestones

2002

Wrote the music for an original musical for ABC TV called "Livin' Dolls"; first TV-movie

2000

With Scott Wittman, wrote the score for the stage musical version of John Waters' film "Hairspray"; performed in workshop; premiered on Broadway in summer 2002

2000

Penned the score for "Disney's The Kid"

1999

Collaborated with Eric Clapton on the score for Reiner's "The Story of Us"; also scored "The Out-of-Towners", featuring Hawn and Steve Martin

1999

Wrote the musical score for the animated "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut"; also contributed to the songs; shared a Best Original Song Academy Award nomination with Trey Parker for "Blame Canada"; film executive produced by Rudin

1998

Picked up fourth Oscar nomination for the score of "Patch Adams"

1997

Seventh film with Rudin, "In & Out"; co-wrote the song "Hail to Thee O Greenleaf High" with screenwriter Paul Rudnick

1996

Received Academy Award nomination for the score of "The First Wives Club", starring Midler and Goldie Hawn

1995

Reteamed with Crystal on his sophomore directing effort, "Forget Paris"

1995

Earned Oscar nod for Best Original Comedy or Musical Score for Rob Reiner's "The American President"

1994

Again collaborated with Underwood on "Speechless"

1993

Credited as associate producer on "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit"

1993

Reteamed with Rudin and Sonnenfeld for the sequel "Addams Family Values" and with Midler for "Hocus Pocus" (as song producer and arranger)

1993

Reteamed with Underwood on "Heart and Souls"

1993

Garnered first Oscar nomination for song "A Wink and a Smile" (from "Sleepless in Seattle"), co-written with Ramsey McLean; performed by Connick

1992

Reteamed with Crystal on "City Slickers"; also first film with director Ron Underwood

1992

Wrote special musical material for Crystal for "The 64th Annual Academy Awards" (ABC), earning an Emmy; had received an Emmy nomination for the previous year's awards

1992

Scored Crystal's feature directing debut, "Mr. Saturday Night"

1991

Composed music for "Scenes From a Mall", starring Midler; was a song producer on "For the Boys" (also starring Midler), for which he co-wrote the song "Dixie's Dream"

1991

First collaboration with producer Scott Rudin, Barry Sonnenfeld's "The Addams Family"

1990

First film score, Reiner's "Misery"

1989

Association with Crystal led to the job of adapting songs for "When Harry Met Sally"; first collaboration with director Rob Reiner; also wrote two of the film's songs; served as producer along with Harry Connick Jr on Connick's resulting Grammy-winning al

1988

Was music supervisor on two films starring Midler, "Big Business" and "Beaches"

1987

Feature acting debut, "Broadcast News"

1987

First TV job as music director, "Women of the Night" (HBO)

1984

Broadway acting debut, "Harlem Nocturne"

1984

Stage music-writing debut, "Gotta Getaway!" at Radio City Music Hall

1980

Film debut as music arranger, "Divine Madness", a concert film starring Midler

Wrote special music for TV series, "Saturday Night Live" (NBC); first collaborations with Billy Crystal; received 1987 Emmy nomination

Served as musical director/arranger for Bette Midler's live shows

Moved to New York City at age 16

Began studying piano at an early age; never had formal music studies

Bonus Trivia

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His Web site is located at http://shaiman.filmmusic.com/

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"I was a Bette Midler fanatic, cutting school to go to her concerts; walking up and down her street in Greenwich Village, hoping I'd see her face behind a window; watching her in concert and having fantasies of running down the aisle and jumping onstage and saying, 'I can play all of your arrangements really good' and her saying, 'Gee, you are good.'"Yet when his "ultimate fantasy" of playing piano for Midler came true before he was 18 years old, "that was a double-edged sword too. I couldn't help wondering, 'Is it all downhill from here?'" --Marc Shaiman, quoted in The Advocate, April 2, 1996

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"I don't find it grotesque for me to say that I'm hugely talented when it comes to music. I was gifted by God, I feel. I don't feel there's anything to be embarrassed about." --Shaiman quoted in Out, October 1997

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"Well, scoring films wasn't something I solely dreamed about, any combination of show biz and music was. Broadway, records, arrangements, movies--I just loved all of it. So I didn't exclusively idolize Max Steiner and the others--I knew the names, and knew the movies and loved the music in them, but I also probably loved musicals most of all--it was what I was immersed in. When I moved to New York, I was working as a musical director for cabaret acts, and to a degree that's how I approach a movie; as if it were a singer, and I'm accompanying it--figuring out the best chord changes and melodies to support the singer." --Shaiman to Dan Goldwasser on SoundtrackNet (www.soundtrack.net), March 12, 1999

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