From Annie to Hairspray: Look Back at Thomas Meehan’s Contributions to Broadway

Photo Features   From Annie to Hairspray: Look Back at Thomas Meehan’s Contributions to Broadway
 
The three-time Tony Award winner died at the age of 88.
Reid Shelton and Andrea McArdle in the original Broadway production of Annie.
Reid Shelton and Andrea McArdle in the original Broadway production of Annie. Martha Swope / The New York Public Library

Thomas Meehan, the three-time Tony Award winner who authored the book for Broadway hits Annie, The Producers, and Hairspray, has died at 88.

Flip through the photos of his other Broadway contributions below:

He is the only creative to have written the books for three shows that ran more than 2,000 performances on Broadway: Annie, which he did by himself (2,377 performances); The Producers in 2001, which he wrote with 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.

Meehan received a fourth Tony nomination in 2008 for penning the book to Cry-Baby (like Hairspray, a stage adaptation of a John Waters film) alongside O'Donnell; his myriad additional Broadway credits include Rocky, Elf, Young Frankenstein (his second Brooks collaboration), and Chaplin.

READ: Thomas Meehan, Tony-Winning Writer of Annie, Dies at 88