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Hair-Raising Special Guest at Terrill Middle School's Production of "HAIRSPRAY": Tony Winner Marc Shaiman

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Marc Shaiman and the Terrill Middle School cast of the musical HAIRSPRAY, which he wrote. Credits: Facebook - Marc Shaiman
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Composer/lyricist Marc Shaiman visits the stage at Terrill Middle School. Credits: Facebook - Amanda Salcedo
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The cast of HAIRSPRAY at Terrill Middle School Credits: Facebook - Amanda Salcedo
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A young Marc Shaiman at Terrill Middle School Credits: Facebook - Marc Shaiman
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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The cast of Terrill Middle School (TMS)'s production of Hairspray received a surprise visit on Saturday night from Scotch Plains native and TMS graduate Marc Shaiman who wrote the score for the hit musical.

The Grammy, Emmy, and Tony-winner hinted on hiss Facebook page that he might attend the production.

 They are doing HAIRSPRAY at Terrill Jr. High (now Terrill Middle School), in the auditorium I basically lived in for 3 years, where I first became obsessed with harmony, Bette Midler and musical theatre. Would be a mind-blowing experience to see my own show there, tonight at 7pm... hmmmm.....

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Not only did he attend, he met the cast and, of course, posed for a selfie, which he posted.

This is just a fraction of the cast, right after curtain call, of the Terrill Middle School (my alma mater) production of "HAIRSPRAY". That is 'Tracy Turnblad' freaking out (and/or trying to hold on to her wig). There were about 5000 kids in the cast and although their excitement level was high, it couldn't compare with mine! - Marc Shaiman

Known for writing the music and co-writing the lyrics for the musical version of the John Waters film HAIRSPRAY, composer and lyricist Shaiman has won many of the top awards in the entertainment business, including the Grammy (recording industry), Emmy (television), and Tony (Broadway). He has also been nominated for multiple Oscars for his work in film.  

Shaiman attended Terrill Middle School and Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School before started his professional career in entertainment. He co-produced Bette Midler's mega hits "The Wind Beneath My Wings" and "From a Distance" and worked with the star on the film Beaches and her performance for Johnny Carson's finale of The Tonight Show.  He has also frequently worked with Billy Crystal in films such as When Harry Met Sally...  and co-wrote the versatile performer's many Academy Award performances. In 2007, he was honored with ASCAP's Henry Mancini Award for his outstanding achievements in music for film and TV.

This was the second time in a year that a Tony-winning composer visited students performing their work in Scotch Plains-Fanwood. Last year, Rupert Holmes, who wrote The Mystery of Edwin Drood, met the cast of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School production of the musical.

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