David Shire



DAVID SHIRE, an Oscar and Grammy winner and multiple Tony and Emmy nominee, has composed prolifically for the theater, films, television and recordings. Broadway (with Richard Maltby): Baby (Tony nominations for Best Score and Musical); Big (Tony nomination, Best Score). Off-Broadway (w/Maltby): Starting Here, Starting Now (Grammy nomination); Closer Than Ever (Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and Score); Regional:(w/Maltby) Take Flight, produced in London, Tokyo, St. Petersburg, Russia, McCarter Theatre; Dancers At A Waterfall (Pasadena Playhouse, Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre); Sousatzka (Toronto). Currently collaborating on new musicals with Maltby and Adam Gopnik. Feature film scores: Norma Rae (Academy Award), The Conversation, All the President’s Men, The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, Zodiac, Farewell, My Lovely, The Hindenberg, Saturday Night Fever (two Grammy Awards), many others.

Television scores: five Emmy nominations. Songs recorded by Barbra Streisand, Maureen McGovern, Melissa Manchester, Jennifer Warnes, John Pizzerelli, Nancy Lamont, Vanessa Williams, Glenn Campbell, Liz Callaway, Johnny Mathis, Kiri Te Kanawa, Billy Preston & Syreeta (international hit single “With You I’m Born Again”), numerous others. Life member of the Dramatists Guild Council. He lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife Didi Conn.

Selected Credits


ACADEMY AWARD Best Original Song 
“It Goes Like It Goes” from Norma Rae 

Emmy Award Nomination Best Original Song 
“I’ll Never Say Good-Bye” from The Promise

Emmy Award Nomination Rear Window 

Emmy Award Nomination The Kennedys of Massachusetts 

Emmy Award Nomination Do You Remember Love? 

Emmy Award Nomination The Defection of Simus Kudirka 

Emmy Award Nomination Raid on Entebbe 


Who Framed Tommy Callahan (Upcoming) 
Director: Harry Kellerman Producers: Ken H. Keller, Caron Rudner, Brendan Thomas Starring: Oakes Fegley, Jack Gore, Fina Strazza 

Brighton Beach
Director: David Gutnik 
Producers: Michelle Booso, Molly Conners, Giulio Maratonio 
Starring: FKA Twigs, Barney Harris, Costa Ronin

Love After Love Parts and Labor 
Director: Russell Harbaugh 
Producers: Lauren Haber, Lucas Joaquin, Michael Prall 
Starring: James Adomian, Seth Barrish, Marlene Brown

The American Side 
Centre Street Productions 
Director: Jenna Ricker 
Producers: Jonathan Shoemaker 
Starring: Greg Stuhr, Camilla Belle, Matthew Broderick

Frederick & Ashbury 
Director: Noah Pritzker 
Producers: Luca Borghese, Ben Howe 

Starring: Kara Hayward, Mira Sorvino, Saffron Burrows 

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt 
RKO Pictures 
Director: Peter Hyams 
Producers: Aaron Ray, Ted Hartley, Moshe Diamant, Mark Damon 
Starring: Michael Douglas, Amber Tamblyn, Jesse Metcalfe

Warner Brothers Pictures 
Director: David Fincher 
Producers: James Vanderbilt, Mike Medavoy, Cean Chaffin 
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey, Jr, Gary Oldman 

The Tollbooth 
Castle Hill Prods. 
Director: Debra Kirschner 
Producers: Alex Kopit, Debra Kirschner 
Starring: Marla Sokoloff, Tovah Felshuh, Idina Menzel 

Ash Wednesday 
Focus Features 
Director: Ed Burns 
Producers: Caroline Kaplan, Glen Basner 
Starring: Ed Burns, Elijah Wood 

One Night Stand 
New Horizons 
Director: Talia Shire 
Producer: Alida Camp 
Starring: Ally Sheedy, David Sheltraw 

The Journey Inside (IMAX Film) 
Dick Clark Prods. 
Director: Barnaby Jackson 
Producer: Adam Moss 
Starring: Clement von Franckenstein

Paris Trout 
Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal 
Producer: Diana Kerew 
Starring: Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey, Ed Harris 

Bed & Breakfast 
Hemdale Picture Corp. 
Director: Robert Ellis Miller 
Producer: Jack Schwartzman 
Starring: Roger Moore, Talia Shire 

Monkey Shines 
Director: George A. Romero 
Producer: Peter Grunwald 
Starring: Stanley Tucci, Janine Turner 

Vice Versa 
Director: Brian Gilbert 
Producer: Ian La Frenais Starring: Judge Reinhold, Fred Savage


Director: Gil Cates 
Producer: Danton Rissner 
Starring: Karen Allen, Keith Carradine, Jeff Fahey

‘Night, Mother 
Director: Tom Moore 
Producers: Alan Greisman, Aaron Spelling Starring: Sissy Spacek, Anne Bancroft

My Antonia 
USA Network 
Director: Joseph Sargent 
Producers: David J. Rintels, Victoria Riskin 
Starring: Jason Robards, Eva Marie Saint, Neil Patrick Harris

Short Circuit 
Director: John Badham 
Producers: David Foster, Lawrence Turman 
Starring: Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens

Return To Oz 
Director: Walter Murch 
Producers: Gary Kurtz, Paul Maslansky 
Starring: Fairuza Balk, Piper Laurie

Director: Peter Hyams 
Producer: Peter Hyams 
Starring: Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren

Oh God, You Devil 
Warner Bros. 
Director: Paul Bogart 
Producer: Bob Sherman 
Starring: George Burns, Ted Wass

Max Dugan Returns 
20th Century Fox 
Director: Herbert Ross 
Producer: Roger Rothstein 
Starring: Jason Robards, Marsha Mason, Donald Sutherland 

The World According To Garp 
Warner Bros. 
Director: George Roy Hill 
Producer: George Roy Hill 
Starring: Robin Williams, Glenn Close, John Lithgow

Director: David Steinberg 
Producers: Hank Moonjean, Lawrence Gordon 
Starring: Burt Reynolds, Beverly D’Angelo, Lauren Hutton

The Earthling (Song) 
Filmways Pictures 
Director: Peter Collinson 
Producer: Elliot Schick 
Starring: William Holden, Rick Schroder 

The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia 
Avco Embassy 
Director: Ronald F. Maxwell 
Producers: Elliot Geisinger, Howard Kuperman, Ronald Sland, Howard Smith 
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Kristy McNichol, Mark Hamill 

Only When I Laugh 
Director: Glenn Jordan 
Producer: Roger Rothstein 
Starring: Marsha Mason, Kristy McNichol 

Norma Rae 
20th Century Fox 
Director: Martin Ritt 
Producers: Tamara Asseyev, Alex Rose 
Starring: Sally Fields, Beau Bridges

Fast Break 
Director: Jack Smight 
Producers: Jack Grossberg, Stephen J. Friedman 
Starring: Gabe Kaplan 

Old Boyfriends 
Avco Embassy 
Director: Joan Tewkesbury 
Producer: Edward R. Pressman 
Starring: Talia Shire, John Belushi, Keith Carradine

The Promise 
Director: Gilbert Cates 
Producers: Fred Weintraub, Paul Heller 
Starring: Kathleen Quinlan, Stephen Collins

Straight Time 
Warner Bros. 
Director: Ulu Grosbard 
Producer: Tim Zinnemann 
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Theresa Russell, Gary Busey


Saturday Night Fever (Adaptation and Additional Music) 
Grammy Award, 1978 
Director: John Badham 
Producers: Kevin McCormick, Robert Stigwood 
Starring: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney

Harry And Walter Go To New York 
Director: Mark Rydell 
Producers: Tony Bill, Harry Gittes 
Starring: James Caan, Elliot Gould, Michael Caine

The Big Bus 
Director: James Frawley 
Producers: Julia Phillips, Michael Phillips 
Starring: Joseph Bologna, Stockard Channing, Ned Beatty

All The President’s Men 
Warner Bros. 
Director: Alan J. Pakula 
Producer: Walter Coblenz 
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford 

The Hindenburg 
Director: Robert Wise 
Producer: Robert Wise 
Starring: George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft, Burgess Meredith 

Farewell, My Lovely 
Avco Embassy 
Director: Dick Richards 
Producers: Elliot Kastner, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jerry Bick 
Starring: Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling

The Fortune (Adaptation) 
Director: Mike Nichols 
Producer: Hank Moonjean 
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Stockard Channing

The Taking Of Pelham 1-2-3 
United Artists 
Director: Joseph Sargeant 
Producers: Edgar Scherick, Gabriel Katzka 
Starring: Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw

The Conversation 
Director: Francis Ford Coppola 
Producers: Fred Roos, Francis Ford Coppola 
Starring: Gene Hackman, John Cazale

Class Of ’44 
Warner Bros. 
Director: Paul Bogart 
Producer: Paul Bogart 
Starring: Gary Grimes, Jerry Houser

Director: R.G. (Bud) Springsteen 
Producer: Gordon Kay 
Starring: Audie Murphy

Two People 
Director: Robert Wise 
Producer: Robert Wise 
Starring: Peter Fonda, Lindsay Wagner 

Steelyard Blues (Adaptation) 
Warner Bros. 
Director: Alan Myerson 
Producers: Julia Phillips, Michael Phillips 
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Jane Fonda

To Find A Man 
Director: Buzz Kulik 
Producer: Mort Abrahams 
Starring: Lloyd Bridges, Tom Bosley

Skin Game 
Warner Bros. 
Director: Paul Bogart 
Producer: Burt Kennedy 
Starring: James Garner, Louis Gossett Jr.

Drive, He Said 
Director: Jack Nicholson 
Producers: Harry Gittes, Fred Roos, Bert Schneider, Jack Nicholson 
Starring: Bruce Dern, Karen Black

Director: Anthony Newley 
Producer: Kirk Douglas 
Starring: Michael Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes 

One More Train To Rob 
Director: Andrew V. McLaglen 
Producer: Robert Arthur 
Starring: George Peppard

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