Marc Shaiman serves as an executive producer, composer and co-lyricist for NBC's new musical drama "Smash."
Shaiman composed the music and co-wrote the lyrics for the musical "Hairspray" with Scott Wittman. For their score, the pair won the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awards. They teamed up again for Broadway's "Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me" and "Catch Me If You Can," for which Shaiman was a Tony nominee for his orchestrations. They are currently at work on the original musical "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory" for director Sam Mendes.
Shaiman is a five-time Oscar nominee for his film scores and original songs for "Sleepless in Seattle," "The First Wives Club," "Patch Adams," "The American President" and "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut." His additional film credits include "When Harry Met Sally," "Beaches," "Misery," "City Slickers," "The Addams Family," "A Few Good Men," "Sister Act," "George of the Jungle" and "The Bucket List."
Shaiman received an Emmy Award for co-writing Billy Crystal's medleys for the Academy Awards. He was nominated for an Emmy for writing on "Saturday Night Live" (the Sweeney Sisters). His arrangements for Harry Connick Jr. and the "Hairspray" soundtrack brought him two Grammy nominations each.
As her music director and co-producer, Shaiman brought to his long-time partner, Bette Midler, the Grammy-winning songs "The Wind Beneath My Wings" and "From a Distance." But it is their collaboration on her Emmy-winning performance for Johnny Carson's penultimate "The Tonight Show" that will always remain a highlight.
Shaiman has worked with many other artists, including Jack Black, Eric Clapton, Kristen Chenoweth, Christine Ebersole, Will Ferrell, Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Holiday, Nick Jonas, Nathan Lane, Patti LuPone, Steve Martin, John Mayer, Liza Minnelli, Rosie O'Donnell, Barbra Streisand, Rob Thomas and Robin Williams.