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The Violinist, a painting by Russian artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985), depicting a fiddler on the roof of a small house, gave the creators the idea for the title of Fiddler on the Roof.

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Biography of Marc Shaiman

MARC SHAIMAN has been writing music, lyrics, arrangements, orchestrations and very lengthy Emails since entering show business at the age of 16, at LaMama, in 1976.
He has won a Tony (for co-writing the score to Hairspray with co-lyricist Scott Wittman), a Grammy (also for Hairspray), an Emmy (for his work on Billy Crystal's Oscar appearances) and if he hadn't lost each of his five Oscar nominations (for Sleepless In Seattle, Patch Adams, The First Wives Club, The American President and South Park-Bigger, Longer & Uncut), he could boast of being an EGOT. Till then, he remains a EGT.

He has also been nominated for other Tonys, Emmys and Grammys. Many in fact, but lost all of those also.

Other film work includes Beaches, When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers, The Addams Family, A Few Good Men, Sister Act, Hocus Pocus, The Bucket List and Parental Guidance to name a few. Millions of more titles are available upon request.

Other theatrical ventures include Patti LuPone On Broadway, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, the Tony winning musical Catch Me If You Can and on London's West End, the current record-breaking, Olivier Award winning musical version of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (coming soon to BroadWAY!).

His television ventures are varied and many: The Sweeney Sisters on SNL, countless award shows with Mr. Crystal, Neil Patrick Harris, Jack Black and Will Ferrell, Jenifer Lewis' Jackie's Back as well as Smash, but his fondest is his collaboration with Bette Midler for Johnny Carson's penultimate show.
He has co-produced recordings for Miss Midler, Harry Connick Jr. and Mariah Carey, among many others.

And he is quite fond of his online opus Prop 8-The Musical.

Currently, he and Mr. Wittman are about to write new songs for a film continuation of the "Mary Poppins" stories for Disney and Rob Marshall, for which they are over the moon with happiness. He is also overjoyed to report that two years ago he stopped reading online chat boards, and his life and well-being have improved drastically! He suggests you do the same.

Shows by Marc Shaiman

Catch Me If You Can
Hairspray JR.