Marc Shaiman was honored as an SCL Ambassador at the annual LA Holiday Dinner on December 19, 2018.
Excerpt from special honoree introductory remarks by producer and long-time collaborator Marc Platt: “I don’t think it’s possible for any fan of musical theater, film or television to have not experienced the great joy of Marc’s work. Whether scoring true love, satire or the grand gestures of an American president, his music knows no boundaries.”
Tony®, Grammy®, Emmy®-winning and five-time Oscar®-nominated Marc Shaiman entered show business at the age of 16, and has never looked back. His extensive list of film credits includes Sleepless In Seattle, Patch Adams, The First Wives Club, The American President, South Park-Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Beaches, When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers, The Addams Family, A Few Good Men, Sister Act and The Bucket List.
Marc wrote the music and co-wrote the lyrics for the Broadway version of the film Hairspray. He is also a luminary musical figure in the Off-Broadway world, scoring notable productions such as The High-Heeled Women, Livin’ Dolls and Andre De Shields’ Haarlem Nocturne.
His Television credits include SNL’s The Sweeney Sisters and Smash, and appearances with Billy Crystal, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Lane, Jenifer Lewis, Jennifer Hudson, Jack Black and Will Ferrell. He also appeared with Bette Midler on Johnny Carson’s penultimate Tonight Show.
In 2002, Marc was honored with the The Hollywood Film Festival’s Outstanding Achievement in Music-In-Film award, and in 2007 received ASCAP’s Henry Mancini Award for his outstanding achievements and contributions to the music of film and television.
Marc wrote the original score for Disney’s much-anticipated sequel to the ubiquitous Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns, creating a lush and intricate musical soundscape. He and co-lyricist Scott Wittman wrote the many heart-warming new songs for the immensely popular film.
To watch the presentation of Marc’s Ambassador Award, please visit our page on the 2018 Holiday Dinner. Marc’s presentation begins at 37:07.