2022-06-06 – 17:45 h

Our friend, collaborator, and IFMCA member Sergio Hardasmal, has published the first book in English dedicated to the career and the complete works of Marc Shaiman.


Originally, this book was published in 2020 in Spanish (read more) and has finally been translated into English by Alex Massana. At the same time, a second edition has been published in Spanish, updated, revised, and expanded.


This book features an extensive and rigorous work written after years studying the composer’s work, presented in a pleasant and simple style, analyzing the music and its use with the image. Movies, musicals, tv series, single songs for ceremony galas and pop stars, pilot episodes or even the Castle Rock logo… everything has been analyzed in detail, including in some cases opinions of the composer himself and his collaborators, after detailed research, and analysis of lots of interviews published in magazines and specialized media. All possible aspects of Marc Shaiman’s career are included in the book: as a composer, as a lyricist, as an actor, and more…


Inside the book and in the cover, you will find illustrations based on the characters from the films to which Marc Shaiman has put music, created by Andres Antunez. The artist Javier De la Cruz Garcia has painted a watercolor with the portrait of Shaiman, expressly for the cover of this book.



  • Amazon Serial Number – ASIN: B0B2TPRM4W
  • Independently published (June 2022)
  • 305 pages
  • ISBN-13: 979-8819537169
  • Weight: 1.17 pounds
  • Size: 6´ x 0.69´ x 9´
  • Amazon Shops: US, UK, DE, FR, ES, IT, NL, JP, CA, AU
  • Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B2TPRM4W/
  • ‎Price: US $15.99, £ 12.80, 15,52€, etc…



Foreword, by Jeff Atmajian


Chapter 1, For his love of music (1979-1989)

-His beginnings in music: When Marc met Bette…

-First compositions for television

-Holding an important position in film industry with When Harry Met Sally…


Chapter 2, A successful step to feature film (1990-1992)

-A Strong debut as a film composer in Misery   

-Marc and Billy team up in City Slickers

-Shinning at the Oscars ceremony

-At Bette Midler´s service in For the Boys and The Addams Family magic

-Adaptation and composition of Sister Act         

-First rejected score and sentimental music in Mr. Saturday Night

-Stepping into legal drama in A Few Good Men


Chapter 3, Movie sequels and moderate box office responses (1993-1994)             

-In conflict with the songs in Sleepless in Seattle             

-Fantasy comedies: Hocus Pocus and Hearts and Souls  

-A challenge of a sequel: Addams Family Values

-Good intentions in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habbit        

-The clumsiest cowboys strike again in City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly´s Gold     

-Rob Reiner loses direction in North

-The failed political comedy Speechless


Chapter 4, The king of comedy (1995-1996)      

-From Saturday Night Live to Stuart Saves His Family     

Forget Paris: the romantic comedy according to Billy Crystal

-Patriotic sounds in The American President      

-Musical magic for Norman Jewison in Bogus

-Albert Brooks and Mother        

-Bigger than the film in The First Wives Club      

-Back to drama in Ghosts of Mississippi


Chapter 5, Music and tears (1997-1998)            

-Overwhelming inventiveness in George of the Jungle

-Out of the closet in In & Out

-An unprecedented gem: My Giant        

-The First Wives make it to television in From the Earth to the Moon     

-The power of friendship in Simon Birch

-Music theraphy in Patch Adams


Chapter 6, Variety and unforeseen (1999-2001)

-A remake in The Out-of-Towners          

-Setting the tone in Jackie´s Back! and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

-A softer Shaiman in The Story of Us      

-A South Park for Christmas, Bedazzled and the rejection of Kingdom of the Sun

-Working with Disney in The Kid

Get Over It and other small collaborations

-A disaster called One Night at McCool´s

What´s the Worst That Could Happen? and reunion with Bette Midler -The love for the game in the 61* drama


Chapter 7, The Broadway success and new disappointments (2002-2005)             

A theme song for Greg the Bunny

-From John Waters to Broadway: the Hairspray success

-A tribute to the American classical comedy in Down with Love

-A limited Shaiman in Alex & Emma       

-Small contributions in Marci X and The Cat in the Hat

Team America: World Police´s rejection

-Back to Broadway with The Odd Couple and new success attempt in Rumor Has It…


Chapter 8, More musicals and less film (2006-2011)

-Fun with friends, Martin Short, Fame Becomes Me       

-Participation in the Oscar ceremony and Finding Kraftland

Hairspray film adaptation

-Rob Reiner regains momentum in The Bucket List

-More fun, collaborations with Neil Patrick Harris and Prop 8: The Musical

-Back to film with Flipped          

-Collaboration with Mariah Carey and back to the stage with Catch Me if You Can


Chapter 9, Television hits (2012-2016) 

-Steven Spielberg´s television success: Smash   

-Back to drama with Rob Reiner and The Magic of Belle Isle

-A family comedy for Billy and Bette: Parental Guidance

-Towards to the West End with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory          

-Widowhood stories by Rob Reiner in And So It Goes     

-Wedding time, a new song for Todd Solonz, a crowdfunding for Bombshell, and other collaborations –Hairspray on television

-A historical drama: LBJ


Chapter 10, Caressing the Oscar (2017-2020)   

-Back to Broadway with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory         

-Back to nominations in The Star and Mary Poppins Returns      

-Hollywood in Vienna and selfless contributions to the cause


Chapter 11, New projects and future plans (2021-2022)

Plaza Suite: A fun revival

-Missing out on Billy Crystal, cameos, and many collaborations

-Saving the city in Hawkeye

-From film to the theaters: Some Like it HotBros, a gay rom-com -Keep listening…


Selected filmography and other outstanding works

Selected discography

Selected awards and nominations