Marc Shaiman - Addams family member

Marc Shaiman - photo Having scored the deliciously evil music for the Addams Family movies, Shaiman is a honorary member of that family. You might say that Shaiman is very accomplished when it comes to fun parody, and the Addams Family movies were just one example of this talent. The other examples include the "City Slickers" movies where he uses the instantly recognisables styles from the heyday of the great western movie with touches of jazz, soul and bluegrass, and "George of the Jungle" which is deliciously over-the-top allowing a wide range of fun styles to be displayed. The "South Park" movie also displays this talent for parody in various throwaway gags taking the Mickey out of different filmic moments and ideas, and of course this experience stood Shaiman in good stead when it later came to "Team America: World Police" by the same people.

Marc Shaiman - Addams Family Values soundtrack CD cover Although these films have allowed his creativity some freedom, he has also scored more conventional films too. He has received Oscar nominations for "The American President", "The First Wives Club", "Patch Adams", and jointly with Trey Parker for the Song "Blame Canada" from the South Park movie (and possibly as a result of this Shaiman made a "guest appearance" in the South Park series). Shaiman started out in theatre work with artists such as Billy Crystal and Bette Midler, so it is not surprising that he returns to that genre from time to time most noteably with the Broadway version of the film musical "Hairspray". Shaiman has previously acted as Musical Director for the Academy Awards ceremony (and several other awards including the Grammys and the Emmys), and he performed that role again in 2010 for the 82nd Academy Awards.

Marc Shaiman - The American President soundtrack CD cover Shaiman wrote the music for a new musical version of "Catch Me If You Can". The story is based on the 2002 film which was expertly scored by John Williams. Shaiman's musical version hit Broadway in 2011 and here is the commercial advertising the musical as posted on Then in 2013 Shaiman launched his new musical version of Roald Dahl's story "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in London's West End. The new musical is at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane and has its own website with further details about the show and its cast, and it also has facilities for online booking of tickets - see While on a roll with stage musicals Shaiman has now returned to the film musical genre with Mary Poppins Returns, writing the music score and songs, and the lyrics with Scott Wittman.

Films by Marc Shaiman:

    Marc Shaiman - Sister Act soundtrack CD cover
  • When Harry Met Sally - musical adaptation and Arrangement
  • Misery
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • Heart and Souls
  • The Addams Family - surreal waltzes and other comedy horror elements, plus Vic Mizzy's original theme
  • Addams Family Values - more from the surreal music world
  • Speechless
  • North
  • The First Wives Club
  • City Slickers 1 and 2 (The Legend of Curly's Gold) - fun pastiche of the western style
  • Sister Act - film score
  • Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit - Associate Producer for the musical sequel and arranger for some of the songs
  • The First Wives Club
  • The American President - a musical balance of elegant American Pomp with a heart of delicate romance, and the Rogers and Hammerstein "I Have Dreamed" played at a state dance
  • Marc Shaiman - Hairspray soundtrack CD cover
  • Simon Birch - mostly Motown songs with little soundtrack between them
  • A Few Good Men - mostly quiet, thoughtful and unobtrusive for this powerful drama
  • Patch Adams
  • George of the Jungle
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut - helping out Trey Parker on the songs, and providing underscore in various pastiche styles
  • The Kid
  • One Night at McCool's
  • The Wedding Planner - score consultant and a cameo role as a pianist
  • Alex and Emma
  • Down with Love - a jazz score to fit around some jazz songs, with Shaiman himself writing the Title Song sung by the leads Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor
  • Team America: World Police - some South Park style songs for this movie scored by Harry Gregson-Williams
  • The Cat in the Hat - a couple of songs for this David Newman scored film
  • Rumour Has It - score for this romantic comedy with many associations to "The Graduate", Shaiman producing a number of songs written and performed by Nellie McKay on the soundtrack
  • Hairspray - the movie musical with John Travolta, and a Hairspray 2 movie is in production
  • Flipped
  • The Magic of Belle Isle
  • Parental Guidance
  • And So It Goes
  • LBJ - about US President Lyndon Baines Johnson
  • The Star - music by John Paesano, with Shaiman working again with Mariah Carey on the title song
  • Mary Poppins Returns - the new musical starring Emily Blunt in cinemas for Christmas 2018

TV music by Marc Shaiman:

  • Saturday Night Live - various shows from the series in the late 1980s
  • Billy Crystal: Midnight Train to Moscow - Musical Director of this TV movie (and various other specials and one-off shows with Billy Crystal)
  • From the Earth to the Moon - part 11 of this documentary mini-series about the Apollo missions with Michael Kamen providing the main title theme
  • The Martin Short Show - Musical Director
  • Bette - theme music for this series
  • Charlie Lawrence - theme music
  • Smash - theme music and various songs for this TV series

Marc Shaiman - Recommendations:

The theme from The Addams Family is available as sheet music arranged for piano, and can be heard on some cult theme CD collections. A number of soundtracks are also available, including "The American President". Also check out these soundtracks:

Marc Shaiman - Memorabilia:

Here are some CD covers signed by Marc Shaiman. Our thanks to Petr Kocanda for permission to use his collection of autographed CDs. Click any thumbnail below to see the image full size in a separate window.

Marc Shaiman: Addams Family Values - signed CD Marc Shaiman: City Slickers - signed CD Marc Shaiman: Hearts and Souls - signed CD Marc Shaiman: North - signed CD Marc Shaiman: Patch Adams - signed CD Marc Shaiman: Simon Birch - signed CD Marc Shaiman: Speechless - signed CD Marc Shaiman: The American President - signed CD