Marc Shaiman

Marc Shaiman

Marc Shaiman Toby Award A 2023 Toby Award honor was bestowed upon Marc Shaiman for his Outstanding Lifetime of Artistic Excellence side by side with Advocacy of Gayhuman Rights.
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Marc ShaimanAs a composer and lyricist for films, television, and theatre, Marc Shaiman’s body of work has collectively generated in excess of an estimated USD $3.5 billion in global consumer sales, and he has received numerous accolades including an Emmy, Grammy, Tony Award as well as nominations for 7 Academy Awards, 2 BAFTA’s, 2 Golden Globes and a further 2 Tony’s, 5 Grammys and 11 Emmy’s.

Marc wrote the music and co-wrote the lyrics with Scott Wittman for Mary Poppins Returns (2018) and the NBC TV Series SMASH (2012) and the global musical franchises of Hairspray (2003), Catch Me If You Can (2011), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2013), Some Like It Hot (2023) and the upcoming SMASH (opening on Broadway in 2024)

Marc started his career in 1984 in his Emmy nominated recurring role as the Sweeney Sisters pianist, Skip, on Saturday Night Live and went on to compose such Hollywood films as Misery (1990), The Addams Family (1991), City Slickers (1991), Sister Act (1992), Mr. Saturday Night (1992), A Few Good Men (1992), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), The American President (1995), The First Wives Club (1996), George of the Jungle (1997), In & Out (1997), Patch Adams (1998), The Out-of-Towners (1999), South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999), Hairspray (2007), LBJ (2016), Mary Poppins Returns (2018), Bros (2022), Team America: World Police (2004) and TV projects including Hawkeye, Only Murders in the Building, SMASH and From the Earth to the Moon.

He frequently works on films by Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner and Trey Parker, and also appeared on screen in many of these films. He became Bette Midler’s musical director and co-producer of many of her recordings, including “The Wind Beneath My Wings”, “From a Distance” and her performance on the penultimate The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Marc has worked with other icons such as Harry Connick Jr., Neil Patrick Harris, Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Eric Clapton, Christine Ebersole, Jennifer Holiday, Jennifer Hudson, Diane Keaton, Steve Martin, Audra McDonald, Barbra Streisand, Queen Latifah, Robin Williams and Mariah Carey.

In 2008, his objection to a prominent musical theatre’s artistic director’s support of the Gay marriage ban in California’s Proposition 8 led to his online viral satirical mini-musical sensation Prop 8 The Musical which received a live Broadway premiere in 2009. Since then, his open, fun, honest and loving social media is packed with his love of his husband Louis Mirabal, and publicly voicing his normal reality, without regard to ill-placed old views on sexuality. He is leading the way for his celebrity peers to join his ideals of acceptance across the spectrum of race and gender identity.

Fired up by the recent tide of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in the USA, Marc has harsh words for red-state bans. “It’s not hyperbole to say that this is very much like it was in Nazi Germany, where they start banning books and start banning this and banning that, and there are much larger forces who are really trying to change the world in some very terrible ways”.

Blame Canada?, maybe, but this busy New Jersey born Jewish gay boy’s music has been cherished globally by hundreds of millions, while using his celebrity status nurturing his Hollywood and Broadway connections to become a staunch and effective activist for gayhuman rights.

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