Marc Shaiman, Censored!
"The Stink Beneath the Ink!"
Good grief Charlie Brown! I couldn't believe this when I read it on this Marc Shaiman Web site. I mean really, what was the network trying to protect us from?
To present the Oscar for "Best Animated Feature Film" at the 77th Academy Awards, actor/comedian Robin Williams went to Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman to whip up a short song which would poke fun at the recent Spongebob Squarepants media fiasco. The song skewered the cartoon denizens of Tinseltown. Unfortunately a nervous TV network nixed the number.
Go to "The Musical Mind of Marc Shaiman" Web site and listen to what the network execs didn't want you to hear!
Next thing you know they'll be telling us that dancing is evil -- or is it just evil when Kevin Bacon does it? Who knows. Oh, and by the way, hasn't anyone noticed that Barney parades around naked all the time?
On a different "note", I've have just GOT to meet Marc Shaiman. I mean not only has he won a Tony and a Grammy for Hairspray, he scored one of my all time favs "Down With Love", and started out working with Bette Midler!
He has been nominated for The Academy Award five times, for the films Sleepless In Seattle, The American President, The First Wives Club, Patch Adams, and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. He has lost each and every time! In 2002, Marc was honored with the "Hollywood Outstanding Achievement in Music-In-Film" award at the 69th annual Hollywood Film Festival. They didn't send a car.
Marc has composed, adapted and arranged music, served as music supervisor and written lyrics for over 40 other films, including When Harry Met Sally, Beaches, Sister Act, City Slickers, The Addams Family, A Few Good Men, In & Out and George of The Jungle.
He started his career as Vocal Arranger for Bette Midler, eventually becoming her Musical Director and Co-Producer. His instincts, his ear and the fact that he is still a Bette Midler fanatic have enabled him to find and bring her the Grammy winning songs "Wind Beneath My Wings" and "From A Distance". But it is their collaboration on her Emmy Award winning performance for the penultimate Tonight Show with Johnny Carson which will always remain the highlight. Oh, he auditioned to play himself in her short-lived sitcom. He did not get the part."
Oh yeah, and he's also at work on the musical version of "Catch Me If You Can". and a movie musical comedy starring Sarah Jessica Parker, called Slammer -- check out this article on Slammer on Playbill.com.