2022-06-06 – 17:45 h

Nuestro amigo, colaborador y miembro de la IFMCA, Sergio Hardasmal, ha publicado el primer libro en inglés dedicado a la carrera y la obra completa de Marc Shaiman.


Originalmente, este libro fue publicado en 2020 en español (leer más) y finalmente ha sido traducido al inglés por Alex Massana. Al mismo tiempo, se ha publicado una segunda edición en español, actualizada, revisada y ampliada.


Este libro ofrece un extenso y riguroso trabajo escrito tras años de estudio de la obra del compositor, presentado con un estilo ameno y sencillo, analizando la música y su uso con la imagen. Películas, musicales, series de televisión, canciones sueltas para galas y estrellas del pop, episodios piloto o incluso el logo de Castle Rock… todo ha sido analizado con detalle, incluyendo en algunos casos opiniones del propio compositor y sus colaboradores, tras una detallada investigación, y el análisis de multitud de entrevistas publicadas en revistas y medios especializados. Todos los aspectos posibles de la carrera de Marc Shaiman están incluidos en el libro: como compositor, como letrista, como actor, y más…


En el interior del libro y en la portada, encontraréis ilustraciones basadas en los personajes de las películas a las que Marc Shaiman ha puesto música, creadas por Andrés Antúnez. El artista Javier De la Cruz García ha pintado una acuarela con el retrato de Shaiman, expresamente para la portada de este libro.



  • 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