The Broadway community will pay tribute to the late Thomas Meehan with a traditional light-dimming ceremony. Theatre marquees will go dark for exactly one minute August 30 at 7:45 PM. Meehan died August 22 at the age of 88.
Meehan made his Broadway debut in 1977, collaborating with Martin Charnin and Charles Strouse on the 19. The smash hit Annie, which ran for 2,377 performances, earned Meehan his first of three Tony Awards.
He is the only creative to have written the books for three shows that ran more than 2,000 performances on Broadway: the aforementioned Annie (2,377 performances), The Producers in 2001 alongside Mel Brooks (2,502 performances), and Hairspray in 2002, which he wrote with the late Mark O’Donnell (2,642 performances). He earned Tonys for all three shows.
“Thomas Meehan was a key collaborator on some of the most memorable productions in recent Broadway history. His work brought deeper meaning and complexity to well-known characters,” said Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin in a statement. “Audiences all over the world will continue to be delighted and engaged with his stories and his words in years to come.”