Marc Shaiman Scott Wittman
Add Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman to your list of reasons to attend Thespian Festival 2014.
The creative partners who wrote the music and lyrics for the much-decorated musical Hairspray (and for Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Catch Me If You Can, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) will be at the center of a special performance titles An Evening with Shaiman and Wittman on the Thespian Festival main stage.
The composer and co-lyricists will share stories about their lives in the theatre. A Thespian cast and crew for the show will be announced next week. They will work and perform alongside Shaiman and Wittman and members of the cast of the first national company of Wicked.
This is a second visit to the Festival for Shaiman and Wittman, who were in the audience for the 2008 International Thespian Cast production of Hairspray. The two won a Tony and a Grammy for Hairspray; a Best Musical Tony nomination for Catch Me If You Can; and nominations for two Emmys, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe for their work on the television musical drama Smash. Shaiman has also been nominated for five Academy Awards for his film scores and original songs.
“We are thrilled we got a callback to this year’s Thespian Festival,” Wittman said. “Seeing Hairspray at the Festival was one of the highlights in our professional lives, and you can ‘run and tell that.’”