Shelly Markham has become one of the most sought after musical directors and arrangers in both Los Angeles and New York City. He arranged and played for Andrea Marcovicci's acclaimed Kurt Weill and Noel Coward evenings at the New York Philharmonic and regularly performs with her at the Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room He is currently working on Andrea's new album, "Our Songs", a compilation of some of the best music from 1965 through 1985 and, also did arrangements for Lainie Kazan's newest CD "In The Groove" with David Benoit, released on Sony's Music Masters label.
His work in California has ranged from writing dance arrangements for major television specials to creating and conducting cabaret acts to writing both television and live arrangements for a most diverse roster of performers, including Nell Carter, Ann Jillian, Marilyn Lovell Matz, Gogi Grant, Margaret Whiting, Carol Lawrence and Bonnie Franklin. He has done special musical material for many popular television series including: Friends, The Nanny, Golden Girls, and Touched By An Angel.
As a composer, Shelly has been a long-standing member of the BMI Composers Workship and recently joined ASCAP. He was chosen by the ASCAP-Disney Workshop to work on a new revue called "Too Old For the Chorus" which enjoyed a sold-out run at the Celebration Theatre and is now optioned for an Off-Broadway opening next year. He wrote songs for the hit musical "Naked Boys Singing" currently running in New York City. He also composed songs for "Captain Kangaroo" on CBS, and adapted and wrote six new songs for a popular contemporary adaptation of "Babes In Toyland" for producers Barry and Fran Weissler. He scored the PBS production of "Charley's Aunt" starring Charles Grodin and composed the score to "Flavia and The Dream Maker" which opened to critical acclaim in Santa Barbara. His musical revue "Love and Shrimp", based on the poetry of best-selling author Judith Viorst, enjoyed a successful run at the Pasadena Playhouse, The Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills, The Ballroom in New York City and is now published by Samuel French.
Most recently, he collaborated with Judith on a musical version of her popular children's book "Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!" which opened at the Kennedy Center, then toured nationally for two years and has recently been published by Dramatic Publishing.
Shelly currently resides in Los Angeles when he is not touring around the world.