Vilanch & More To Honor Shaiman And Nestico At ASMAC Golden Score Awards 4/29

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Harris, Winokur, Vilanch & More To Honor Shaiman And Nestico At ASMAC Golden Score Awards 4/29
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by BWW News Desk

On Thursday evening, April 29, 2010, the American Society of Music Arrangers & Composers presents the AnnuAl Golden Score Awards, hosted by actor/producer Rob Reiner, at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Universal City. The 2010 Golden Score Award will be presented to the multi-talented film, television and theatrical composer, lyricist and arranger Marc Shaiman. The Award for Lifetime Achievement in Arranging will be presented to the prolific arranger / conductor Sammy Nestico. Also participating in the program are actress/performer Jenifer Lewis, multi-talented performer Sam Harris, actress/signer Marissa Jaret Winokur, composer Johnny Mandel, comedy writer/actor Bruce Vilanch, and ASMAC President/bassist/arranger John Clayton with more to be announced shortly.

Marc Shaiman’s career began as a theatre/cabaret musical director. His work with both Bette Midler and Billy Crystal led to his involvement in their films and the rest is history. Marc’s lengthy filmography now includes Broadcast News, Beaches, When Harry Met Sally, Misery, Sleepless in Seattle, The American President, The First Wives Club, Ghosts of Mississippi, The Wedding Planner, Hairspray I and II, among others. Television credits have included Saturday Night Live, multiple Academy Awards (including 2010), Emmy Awards, Tony Awards, Jay Leno, Bette, and Martin Short plus multiple specials. Theatrically and on the concert circuit he has worked with Bette, Billy, Peter Allen, Patti LuPone, Nathan Lane, Martin Short, Tracy Ullman, Robin Williams, Hairspray, The Odd Couple, and more.

At the age of 17, Sammy Nestico became the staff arranger for WCAE Radio in Pittsburgh; he joined the USAF Band in Washington, DC as a staff arranger and subsequently became the leader of the famous Airmen of Note for 15 years. Sammy spent 14 years with the Count Basie Orchestra (winning 4 Grammy awards) while simultaneously being engaged by Capitol Records as arranger/orchestrator, co-writing the equivalent of 63 albums for them. He has arranged and/or conducted for Phil Collins, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson and more. His numerous television credits – Merv Griffin, Goldie Hawn, The Tonight Show, Bob Hope, Mission Impossible, Hawaii Five-O, The Bob Newhart Show, Charlie’s Angels, M.A.S.H. and many more plus feature films and national commercials. The evening begins with cocktails and silent auction at 6pm, followed by dinner at 7:15pm and awards and entertainment.

The evening will include personal, video and musical tributes by a number of Special Guests – funds raised will benefit ASMAC’s educational programs, workshops, master classes, and fund several scholarships For information on sponsorship, tribute ads or tickets, please call 818-994-4661.

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