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A Conversation with MARC SHAIMAN

January 9 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Marc Shaiman
Doug Besterman, Jeff Atmajian, Richard Kraft and Nate Patten

LA 12 PM NY 3 PM UK 8 PM

A Conversation with MARC SHAIMAN


Doug Besterman, Jeff Atmajian, Richard Kraft and Nate Patten


Marc Shaiman, award-winning composer, lyricist, orchestrator and musician, has successfully created music for TV, film and theater since entering show business at the age of 16 in 1976.

Recently, Marc co-wrote the songs and composed the score for director Rob Marshall and Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns”, the film sequel to the classic film “Mary Poppins”. For his work on the film, Marc was nominated for a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Grammy Award, and two Oscar nominations; one for Best Original score, and one – along with his co-lyricist and longtime collaborator Scott Wittman – for Best Original song, “The Place Where Lost Things Go”.

He is currently co-writing the score for a new musical version of “Some Like It Hot”, and writing music for the upcoming Broadway production of “Plaza Suite”.

Marc has been Oscar nominated seven times (for “Mary Poppins Returns” (2), “Sleepless In Seattle”, “Patch Adams”, “The First Wives Club”, The American President” and “South Park-Bigger, Longer & Uncut”). He has received two Tony Award nominations (winning one for co-writing the score to “Hairspray” with co-lyricist Scott Wittman), five Grammy Awards nominations (winning one for The Original Cast Recording of “Hairspray”), eleven Emmy Awards (winning one for his work on Billy Crystal’s Academy Award hosting), four Golden Globe nominations (including “The Star”, song co-written with Mariah Carey), and two BAFTA nominations (“Sleepless In Seattle” and “Mary Poppins Returns”).

Shaiman’s other film work includes “Beaches”, “When Harry Met Sally”, Misery”, “City Slickers”, “The Addams Family”, “Addams Family Values”, “A Few Good Men”, “Sister Act” (1 & 2), “George of the Jungle”, “In and Out”, “Hocus Pocus”, “The Bucket List” and “Parental Guidance”. He served as an Executive Producer of the successful film adaptation of his Broadway musical “Hairspray”.

In addition to “Hairspray”, his other original Broadway musical credits are the Tony-nominated “Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me”, the Tony-winning “Catch Me If You Can”, and “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory”. Broadway concert credits are “Peter Allen-Up In One”, Bette Midler’s “Divine Madness”, Ellie Greenwich’s “Leader Of The Pack” and “Patti LuPone On Broadway”. After a tremendously successful concert for The Actor’s Fund, his musical “Bombshell”, created as part of the television show “Smash,” is now being developed into a future show.

Shaiman has co-produced and arranged Grammy winning recordings for music icons such as Bette Midler, Harry Connick Jr. and Mariah Carey, including the Grammy-winning recordings “The Wind Beneath My Wings” and “From A Distance.”

His television ventures include “The Sweeney Sisters” on SNL, countless award and talk show appearances with Billy Crystal, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Lane, Martin Short, Jenifer Lewis’s “Jackie’s Back”, the Emmy-winning “SNL 40th”, the aforementioned “Smash”, and his proudest achievement for television, his collaboration with Bette Midler for her Emmy-winning appearance as his final guest on Johnny Carson’s penultimate Tonight Show.

Other performers with whom he has collaborated in concert, cabaret, film and television include Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Kristen Chenoweth, Eric Clapton. Christine Ebersole Kathy Griffin, Allison Janney, Jennifer Holiday, Jennifer Hudson, Diane Keaton, Steve Martin, John Mayer, Audra McDonald, Barbra Streisand, Queen Latifah and Robin Williams. At the legendary after-party for “SNL 40th,” he jammed on stage with Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and Prince, and completely lost his shit.

He is quite fond of “Prop 8 – The Musical”, the online opus he wrote for the website Funny or Die that earned him a Webby Award.

In 2014 Shaiman & Wittman were celebrated by the New York Pops with a spectacular concert at Carnegie Hall. Marc was recently honored with the Ambassador Award by the Society of Composers and Lyricists in December 2018, and with the Icon Award at the Guild of Music Supervisors Awards in February 2019.

Shaiman is currently married to retired Navy Lieutenant Commander, Louis Mirabal, and currently resides in New York City and upstate New York.

Jeff Atmajian is a highly sought-after arranger and orchestrator for films. His steady clientele are well-known and highly successful composers such as James Newton Howard, Marc Shaiman, Rachel Portman and Gabriel Yared. As an orchestrator, Jeff has worked on all or nearly all of the films of directors Rob Reiner and M. Night Shyamalan. He has had the pleasure of being on many other types of projects through which he has worked for Elmer Bernstein, Andre Previn, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Christopher Plummer, Jose Carreras, Lord Richard Attenborough, Al Pacino, Nora Ephron, Geena Davis, Barbra Streisand and many other noted names in the classical and film world. He has worked with all the London orchestras on classical, popular and film recordings, as well as doing film recording with the excellent studio orchestras in Los Angeles and New York.

In the past two years Jeff has been pursuing a more high-profile composing career. Recently he scored the 90-minute documentary about the Armenian Genocide called Screamers which to date has enjoyed numerous awards, including the Audience Award at the AFI Film Festival.

For more credits, visit his Internet Movie Database listing.

For almost 30 years, Doug Besterman has been active as an arranger, orchestrator, and composer for Broadway theater, film, television and recording. He has been privileged to work with some of the most recognizable names in the industry, including composers Mel Brooks, Alan Menken, and Marc Shaiman; recording artists Barbra Streisand and Barry Manilow; and directors Rob Marshall and Susan Stroman.

A veteran of over 25 Broadway shows and over 30 regional and international productions, Besterman won the Tony Award® for Fosse, The Producers, and Thoroughly Modern Millie, and was nominated for The Music Man (2000), How to Succeed in Business, and Bullets over Broadway; in addition, he was awarded the Drama Desk Award for The Producers, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. His most recent Broadway credits include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Bronx Tale, and Anastasia.

Besterman has also written orchestrations for nearly 30 film and television projects; recent credits include the films Mary Poppins Returns, Aladdin (2019), Beauty and the Beast (2017) and Frozen; and for TV: American Housewife, Crazy Ex Girlfriend, and Galavant.

As a composer, Besterman penned the scores for the musicals Little Did I Know (with lyricists Dean Pitchford and Marcy Heisler), just released as a podcast and cast recording; and The Big One-Oh (with lyricist Dean Pitchford), which recently premiered at The Atlantic For Kids in NYC, and is soon to be available for licensing through Music Theater International. His music has also been recorded by singer Christian Bautista, heard in the films The Punisher, Out of Step and Exit Speed, TV shows Summerland and One Life To Live, in concert with the United States Military Academy Concert Band and the Boston Pops, and in the musical revue Hats.

Richard Kraft is the co-owner of Kraft-Engel Management, one of the world’s leading agencies specializing in representing film, theatre, television and video game composers, songwriters and music supervisors. Kraft-Engel clients have been nominated for 77 Academy Awards and have won 17 Academy Awards.

Richard was the director and producer of the highly acclaimed Disney’s The Little Mermaid in Concert at The Hollywood Bowl which premiered in 2016 starring Sara Bareilles, Rebel Wilson, Tituss Burgess, Darren Criss, and John Stamos and returned to The Hollywood Bowl again in 2019 starring Lea Michele, Harvey Fierstein, Cheech Marin, and Peter Gallagher. Richard has also directed and produced shows at the Hollywood Bowl including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast starring Zooey Deschanel, Rebel Wilson, Taye Diggs, Kelsey Grammer, and Jane Krakowski, La La Land, and Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory starring John Stamos, Ingrid Michaelson, Finn Wolfhard, and “Weird Al” Yankovic. He also directed Alan Menken’s one man show A Whole New World of Alan Menken and he directed and produced Evil Dead Live in Concert: A Halloween Experience which premiered at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Richard is also the executive producer of the upcoming ABC TV special The Wonderful World of Disney: Little Mermaid Live starring Auli’i Cravalho, Queen Latifah, and Shaggy.

Richard and his partner Laura Engel are also the producers of stage productions and live film music concert experiences including Danny Elfman’s Music From The Films of Tim Burton which had its premiere at Royal Albert Hall and has toured around the world. Richard and Laura produced the Emmy Award-winning PBS broadcast Live From Lincoln Center – Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton and Disney’s Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Live in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl which ran at the Bowl for three years starring Danny Elfman, Catherine O’Hara, Ken Page, and Paul Reubens. Additionally, they executive produced the historic Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box which received a GRAMMY nomination.

Prior to starting his own company in 1991, Richard was an agent at ICM and started his career working with several of his musical heroes such as Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein and Henry Mancini. Kraft once ran Varese Sarabande Records where he executive produced over 150 soundtrack albums. His award-winning feature-length documentary, Finding Kraftland played at over 75 film festivals around the world. He is also an über-Disney fan whose That’s From Disneyland! exhibit and auction garnered great attention and money for charity.

Nate Patten is a Broadway music director, conductor, pianist, and writer. He has conducted a number of shows on Broadway including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, music and co-lyrics by Marc Shaiman, for which he is also the music supervisor of the national and international companies. Other favorite conducting credits include The Prom, Elf, The Wedding Singer, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Nate has conducted at the Kennedy Center, Madison Square Garden, as well as many other concert venues around the world. He is perhaps best known, however, as the writer and host of a popular Broadway satire podcast called Booked It: a Broadway Musician’s Guide to Theatre, Facebook, and Being #Grateful. He credits the majority of his career and all of his time in therapy to Marc Shaiman.


January 9
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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