Shaiman to direct numbers for ceremony
Marc Shaiman has been tapped music director for the Oscarcast. The move reunites Shaiman with “Hairspray” helmer Adam Shankman, who is producing the Oscar telecast on March 7 along with Bill Mechanic. Shaiman previously worked with Shankman on the 2007 feature adaptation of the “Hairspray” tuner. Shaiman is no stranger to the Academy Awards, having served as music director for the 2004 telecast. He has also earned three noms in Oscar’s original score category (“The American President,” “First Wives Club,” “Patch Adams”) and two noms for original song — for “A Wink and a Smile” from “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Blame Canada” from “South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut.” And he’s written numerous numbers for past Oscarcasts. He won an Emmy for his work on Billy Crystal’s “Oscar Medley” for the 1991 Oscarcast. More recently, Shaiman and writing partner Scott Wittman were enlisted to pen comedic numbers for Neil Patrick Harris on this year’s Tony and Emmy kudocasts. The Oscars will air live on ABC from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. Noms will be unveiled Feb. 2.