Mark Saltzman’s career spans the world of entertainment, from songwriting to
 screenwriting, from television to the stage. He began his career in New York, working with Jim Henson, writing for the Muppets and earning 7 Emmy awards along the way.

But behind Kermit’s back, Mark was writing cabaret shows and musicals that played at The Ballroom, Soho Rep, 13th Street Theater, and the Village Gate, where he co-wrote the long-running revue A, My Name is Alice.

For network television, Mark wrote Mrs. Santa Claus, the holiday musical starring Angela Lansbury with songs by Jerry Herman.

For the movies, he wrote the children’s classic The Adventures of Milo and Otis. His TV movie, The Red Sneakers, directed by and starring Gregory Hines, was nominated for a Writers Guild Award. His stage musical The Tin Pan Alley Rag premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse and played many U.S. theaters, including the Roundabout in NY, where it was nominated for a NY Outer Circle Critics Award.

Other TV: Reading Rainbow, Johnny and the Sprites, and Third Man Out. Theater: Romeo and Bernadette (Paper Mill Playhouse), Mr. Shaw Goes to Hollywood (Laguna Playhouse) Rocket City (Alabama Shakespeare Festival) and a Colony Theatre premiere, Clutter: The True Story of the Collyer Brothers Who Never Threw Anything Out.


Mrs. Santa Claus

The CBS movie, billed as the first original musical for television since Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella in 1957, turns out to be, of all things, a feisty feminist and unionist tract set in 1910.

 John J. O'Connor, The New York Times

A 2013 Hallmark Movie Channel feature, Mrs. Santa Claus is Mark Saltzman's classic holiday hit, featuring Angela Lansbury, Charles Durning, and Michael Jeter. Nominated for 6 Emmy Awards including “Best Music and Lyrics.” The film's musical score was written by Jerry Herman, the composer of such hit Broadway musicals as Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles. (December 2013)

The Tin Pan Alley Rag

Mark Saltzman’s rumination on Berlin, Joplin and the American dream has laudable aims beyond nostalgic diversion. It operates as a colloquy between parallel giants, posited against the current of their era ...beautifully rendered musical selections that eschew a revue-style “greatest hits” program... panoramic... excellent.

 David C. Nichols, Los Angeles Times

The Tin Pan Alley Rag receives an Outer Critics Nomination for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical! (2009, 2010, 2012)

Falling for Make Believe

Mark Saltzman is one smart cookie. He approaches his new bio-musical of the legendary Lorenz Hart with a passionate curiosity about the great man’s life and career: intellectual curiosity about what was and imaginative curiosity for what might have been.

 Stage and Cinema

Lorenz (Larry) Hart was one of Broadway's all-time greats, the brilliant lyricist who penned “My Funny Valentine,” “Blue Moon,” “Manhattan,” “Falling in Love With Love,” “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” “Where or When,” and countless other classics. As half of the legendary team of Rodgers and Hart, he lived a life of dizzying heights and crushing lows. Now Mark Saltzman captures them all in Falling For Make Believe, an intimate look at the life and times of this lyrical genius, a brand new musical developed by The Colony featuring some of the most memorable songs of the 20th Century. (Colony Theater World Premiere, Los Angeles 2013)

Clutter: The True Story of the Collyer Brothers Who Never Threw Anything Out

A packrat’s motto: “This could be worth something someday.” Mark Saltzman’s new play Clutter is already worth a lot. As staged by Rick Sparks for the Colony Theatre, this examination of the Collyer brothers – the world’s most famous packrats – is shamelessly entertaining... But Saltzman doesn’t depict the Collyers as completely weird. By the end, he makes a broader point about the common human insecurities that surely contributed to the Collyers’ problems... richly comic... brilliant...

 Don Shirley, Los Angeles Times

In CLUTTER: The True Story of the Collyer Brothers Who Never Threw Anything Out playwright Mark Saltzman writes a compelling tale of these notorious brothers whose unfolding story held New Yorkers spellbound. And perhaps it’s a story about us or someone close to us - how much accumulation is too much? Selected as L.A. Times "Critics Choice." (Laguna Playhouse World Premiere 2003)

Another Roll of the Dice

In its world premiere, Another Roll of the Dice is the remarkable result of the Runyon estate reaching out to Mark Saltzman, who was invited to plumb the writer’s files ... Saltzman’s plot involves the expected gaggle of gangsters, gamblers, gunmen, dames, singers and cops … the result is a fine evening at the North Coast Repertory Theatre.

 Brad Auerbach, Entertainment Today

Mark Saltzman’s new musical is a re-pairing of the Guys and Dolls team, Frank Loesser and Damon Runyon. Three Runyon stories are combined with Frank Loesser songs, some his greatest hits, some lost gems, all of them creating a visit to the great age of Broadway high life and low lifes. (2019)

Mr. Shaw Goes to Hollywood

Come to lunch with Hollywood celebrities when George Bernard Shaw and his wife Charlotte meet with Clark Gable, John Barrymore, Marion Davies, William Randolph Hearst and Louis B. Mayer on the set of MGM Studios. Based on a true story, this Hollywood comedy is told in 1930s style as only the wit and wisdom of George Bernard Shaw can evoke.

 Theatre in Chicago

Mark Saltzman's play, Mr. Shaw Goes to Hollyood, produced by MadKap Productions at Greenhouse Theatre Center. Directed by John Nasca. (Winter 2014)