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Composer; lyricist; arranger; actor
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Marc Shaiman Fast Facts:
First became enamored of Bette Midler at age 9, when he saw her in a Broadway production of
Fiddler on the Roof
(she played Tzeitel).
Left high school at age 16 (after earning his GED) to pursue a musical career in New York City.
Met Ula Hedwig, one of the Harlettes (Bette Midler's backup singers), not long after moving to NYC; she lived across the hall from his friend's apartment. He became their musical director when they decided to launch an act of their own.
Became vocal arranger for Bette Midler, his childhood icon, before he was 18; eventually became her musical director and producer.
Wrote music for the "Sweeney Sisters" skits on
Saturday Night Live
during the 1980s, and also appeared in them as the piano player. He met Billy Crystal as a result, who introduced him to Rob Reiner; he has scored movies by both in the years since.
Has worked with such musical artists as Peter Allen, Eric Clapton, Harry Connick Jr., Lauryn Hill, Patti LuPone and Barbra Streisand.
Wrote the star-studded FunnyorDie.com video "Prop 8—The Musical," which received 1.2 million hits on its first day online in 2008.
Marc Shaiman Relationships:
Scott Wittman - Significant Other
William Robert Shaiman - Father
Claire Shaiman - Mother
Marc Shaiman Awards:
1993 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Nominee
1999 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Nominee
2004 Emmy: Outstanding Music Direction - Nominee
1987 Emmy: Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
2010 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special - Nominee
1991 Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction - Nominee
1995 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score) - Nominee
2003 Tony: Original Musical Score - Winner
2011 Tony: Orchestrations - Nominee
2012 Emmy: Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) - Nominee
2010 Emmy: Outstanding Music Direction - Nominee
1996 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score) - Nominee
2002 Grammy: Best Musical Show Album - Winner
2012 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special - Nominee
2013 Emmy: Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics - Nominee
1998 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score) - Nominee
1993 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Score - Nominee
2012 Emmy: Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics - Nominee
1992 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Winner
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