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Marc Shaiman

When a Body Needs a Body

George Heymont | Posted 12.01.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

"Have we got a corpse?" I suppose that's the first question asked in certain types of police procedurals. And, of corpse, if there is one, the next question is "Whodunit?" These questions and many more lie at the core of two recent Bay area premieres.

Orange is the New Black's Annie Golden

Steve Karras | Posted 08.12.2014 | Entertainment
Steve Karras

Although the show is inspired by real events in the life of memoirist Piper Kerman, Norma's performance may be the truest case of art imitating life on the show -- after all, Annie Golden, the actress who plays Norma, has been bringing down the house with her voice for decades.

Megan Hilty at the Café Carlyle

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.04.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The television series Smash may have ended, too abruptly for some, but its memory lingers. At center in the first season, Smash featured the competiti...

New York Pops Gala Is The Great 'Glamorous' Way

Steve Schonberg | Posted 06.29.2014 | Arts
Steve Schonberg

Stars of stage and screen, Debra Messing ("Will & Grace," "Smash," "Outside Mullingar") with her beau, leading man, Will Chase ("Nashville," "Smash,...

'Smash' Suffered From 'Too Many Chefs'

AP | MICHAEL CIDONI LENNOX | Posted 08.20.2013 | TV

LOS ANGELES -- Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman have strong opinions about the demise of "Smash," the highly anticipated but ultimately much maligned TV...

First NIghter: Sam Mendes's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" Needs Sweetening

David Finkle | Posted 08.25.2013 | Entertainment
David Finkle

London--If you're a chocoholic like me, you're hoping Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be as delectable as biting into a piece of fudge or a bro...

How 'Too Many Chefs' Messed With 'Smash'

Posted 06.02.2013 | TV

"Smash" is over and now Marc Shaiman, one of the writers behind some of the show's signature hit songs, is speaking out. Shaiman summed up what we...

The Book of Mormon Takes San Francisco by Storm

George Heymont | Posted 02.03.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

One of the blessings of having an unfettered imagination is a willingness to take greater risks than many other artists. When it was first announced t...

Couch Potato: NBC's 'Smash' Closes in on So-Bad-Its-Good

David Finkle | Posted 06.23.2012 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Now that 11 episodes have run, I'd say the so-bad-it's-good prediction has just about materialized.

Maggie Furlong

'Smash' Scoop: Cast Talks Guest Stars, Marilyn & More!

HuffingtonPost.com | Maggie Furlong | Posted 04.02.2012 | TV

"Smash" is poised to be just that: A hit for NBC, all about the making of a Marilyn Monroe Broadway musical. With two very different, very talented ac...

Lucas Kavner

Why An All-White Production Of 'Hairspray' Is Raising Eyebrows

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 02.01.2012 | Home

"Hairspray" is a musical based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name. It takes place in Baltimore in the early 1960s and follows an overweight...

Musicalizing Broadway's Catch Me If You Can With Shaiman and Wittman

James Sims | Posted 07.24.2011 | Arts
James Sims

During a recent performance, the audience was treated to a special guest appearance, although it's likely that nobody watching the show had any idea who was stepping into a role for a one-night stint.

Con Me If You Can: The Broadway Musical

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.11.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Catch Me If You Can: The Musical is a con man's story, and the biggest con is the show itself. Like seeing a superbly performed magic trick, we're going to buy it, and happily revel in being duped.

Stage Door: Catch Me If You Can, Peter and the Starcatcher, Urge For Going

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.10.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

Catch Me If You Can boasts two incredibly entertaining leads. Unfortunately, the musical is all razzle -- no dazzle.