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Mark Shaiman

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Mark Shaiman


Mark Shaiman (b. 22 October 1959, Newark, New Jersey) is an American composer and lyricist.

Shaiman, the son of Claire (née Goldfein) and William Robert Shaiman, grew up in Scotch Plains, New Jersey and attended Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, but dropped out at age 16 to start working in New York's theaters.

Shaiman started his career as a theatre/cabaret musical director. He then became vocal arranger for Bette Midler, eventually becoming her musical director and co-producer of many of her recordings.

He is active as a composer, lyricist, arranger, and performer in films, television, and the theater. He has been nominated for an Academy Award five times, a Tony award, and a Grammy Award for his work on the musical Hairspray. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for co-writing Billy Crystal’s Academy Award performances.

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