PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Marc Shaiman

By Ernio Hernandez
13 Dec 2006

Marc Shaiman
Marc Shaiman

Marc Shaiman Hairspray composer and co-star in Broadway's Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me fills out Playbill.com's new questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.


Full given name: Marc Shaiman
Hometown: Scotch Plains, NJ
Zodiac sign: Libra
Favorite showtune: Impossible to answer
First Broadway show ever saw: Fiddler on the Roof. Being a Jewish teenager, living in the NJ suburbs in the 60's, it was a law.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Gypsy with Ethel Merman
MAC or PC? MAC!!
Most played song on your iPod: Hmmm...lately, various versions of "Hallelujah" and "A Case of You." But it changes hourly.
Last book you read: "The DaVinci Code" (how common, I know...sorry!)
Must-see TV show: "Grey's Anatomy"
Last good movie you saw: "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Favorite reality show: Any MTV "Real World/Road Rules Challenges" and the inevitable speedo episodes.
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Bette Midler
Pop culture guilty pleasure: MySpace
First song you ever wrote: "Linus's Theme" (my cat). It involved arpeggiated C, F and G chords. Very Philip Glass!
Favorite pre-/post-show meal: Pre: Nothing, I must be light and merry. Post: Ben & Jerry's
Pre-show rituals: Asking Brooks Ashmanskas "So, we are actually going to do it again?"
What comes first: music or lyrics? The idea/the emotion.
Favorite pizza topping: Paper towel to mop up the grease
Who would play you in the movie? Nathan Lane
Worst job you ever had: Scoring a hideous movie called "What's the Worst That Could Happen?" I'm not kidding.