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Not all Broadway musicals have had happy premises or happy endings. Popular musicals over the years which featured death or murder include: Redhead (1959), Sweeney Todd (1979), and West Side Story (1957).

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Biography of Marc Shaiman

Marc Shaiman composed the music and, with Scott Wittman, co-wrote the lyrics for Hairspray. For their score, the pair won the Tony and Grammy Awards. They teamed up again on Broadway for Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and Catch Me If You Can (the latter for which Shaiman was a Tony Award nominee for co-orchestrating) and most recently they wrote the original musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for director Sam Mendes, which is breaking box office records on London's West End. Marc and Scott were nominated for two Emmys, a Grammy Award and a Golden Globe for the original songs they wrote for "SMASH". Marc is a five-time Academy Award 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. Marc received an Emmy Award for co-writing Billy Crystal's Academy Award medleys and he was nominated for an Emmy Award for writing on "Saturday Night Live" (the Sweeney Sisters). His arrangements for Harry Connick, Jr. and his production of the Hairspray soundtrack brought him Grammy Award nominations. As her music director and co-producer, Marc 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. Marc has worked with many other artists, including Jack Black, Eric Clapton, Kristen Chenoweth, Christine Ebersole, Will Ferrell, Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Hudson, Nick Jonas, Nathan Lane, Patti LuPone, Steve Martin, John Mayer, Liza Minnelli, Rosie O'Donnell, Barbra Streisand, Rob Thomas and Robin Williams.

Shows by Marc Shaiman

Hairspray
Catch Me If You Can
Hairspray JR.