Tid-Bettes: April 20, 2007

* Bette Midler and Robert De Niro will help Cynthia and Dan Lufkin open the Peter Jay Sharp Children’s Glade in Central Park at 106th & Central Park West on Sunday.

* Harvey Weinstein, whose company has three films at the Cannes Film Festival, including the opening night’s “My Blueberry Nights,” will hold court Sunday at the Broadway opening of “Frost/Nixon.” Bette Midler, Sarah Ferguson, Tony Bennett, Kim Cattrall and Claire Danes are expected.

Congrats To Marc Shaiman:

Marc Shaiman recieves the Henry Mancini Award for Career Achievement at the 22nd Annual ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards
Release Date: April 19th, 2007

This past Tuesday night, ASCAP held the annual Film & Television Music Awards, this year at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. In addition to celebrating the top-grossing films and television shows of 2006, the Henry Mancini Award for Outstanding Career Achievement was given to composer Marc Shaiman.

For a full write-up of the evening’s events, check out Jon Burlingame’s article at The Film Music Society website.

Los Angeles, CA, April 18, 2007: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) presented its Henry Mancini Award to Marc Shaiman at the 22nd Annual ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards held last night (April 17) at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California. In addition to honoring Shaiman, ASCAP also honored the composers and songwriters of the top box office film music and the most performed television music of 2006. Over 850 members of the music industry attended the invitation-only event, which was hosted by Academy-Award winning lyricist and President and Chairman of ASCAP, Marilyn Bergman.

One of the many highlights of the evening was the special tribute to Marc Shaiman who was honored with the ASCAP Henry Mancini Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to the music of film and television. Rob Reiner and Billy Crystal joined Marilyn Bergman onstage to present the award to Shaiman. Many other friends and collaborators paid homage by way of video tribute messages, including Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Martin Short and Robin Williams, as well as John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah, Allison Janney and other cast members of the upcoming movie, Hairspray. Broadway actress Marissa Jaret Winokur performed “Good Morning, Baltimore” from the musical, Hairspray, accompanied by Shaiman on piano. Shaiman also performed “Fifty Checks” from his new musical, Catch Me If You Can.

Marc Shaiman has received five Academy Award nominations, a Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award. Irreverent, witty, energetic and optimistic, Shaiman is currently in the midst of a dream movie assignment ”“ completing the film adaptation of his own Tony Award-winning musical, Hairspray, which was a smash reworking of John Waters’ original film. Though he’s best-known for composing scores for mainstream Hollywood comedies ”“ among them Sleepless in Seattle, Sister Act, The Addams Family, Patch Adams, City Slickers, George of the Jungle and In & Out ”“ Shaiman’s credits also include science fiction (From the Earth to the Moon for HBO), military drama (A Few Good Men), a baseball film (61* for HBO) and outrageous animation (South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut). He has worked frequently in films and TV with Rob Reiner, Billy Crystal and Bette Midler. Shaiman is primarily a composer and lyricist, but has also enjoyed success as an arranger, record producer, music supervisor and actor.

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