Marc Shaiman

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Biography

  • Birth Place: Newark, NJ
  • Profession: 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:
  • Claire Shaiman - Mother
  • Scott Wittman - Significant Other
  • William Robert Shaiman - Father
  • Marc Shaiman Awards:
  • 1998 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score) - Nominee
  • 1993 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Score - Nominee
  • 1987 Emmy: Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 2003 Tony: Original Musical Score - Winner
  • 2012 Emmy: Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics - Nominee
  • 1991 Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction - Nominee
  • 2013 Emmy: Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics - Nominee
  • 2011 Tony: Orchestrations - Nominee
  • 1992 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Winner
  • 2012 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special - Nominee
  • 2010 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special - Nominee
  • 2012 Emmy: Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) - Nominee
  • 2004 Emmy: Outstanding Music Direction - Nominee
  • 1996 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score) - Nominee
  • 2010 Emmy: Outstanding Music Direction - Nominee
  • 1995 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score) - Nominee
  • 2002 Grammy: Best Musical Show Album - Winner
  • 1993 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Nominee
  • 1999 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Nominee

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