Obituaries

Photo Flash: Remembering Thomas Meehan

As BroadwayWorld sadly reported yesterday, Thomas Meehan, who is best known for his books of such classics as Annie, The Producers and Hairspray, has passed away at 88 years old.

Meehan grew up in Suffern, New York, and graduated from Hamilton College. He moved to New York at age 24, and worked at The New Yorker's "Talk of the Town".

He received the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical three times: Annie (1977), his Broadway debut; The Producers (2001); and subsequently shared the 2003 award with Mark O'Donnell for Hairspray.

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Additional credits include Ain't Broadway Grand; Oh, Kay!; Bombay Dreams, a musical adaptation of I Remember Mama; and Annie 2: Miss Hannigan's Revenge, which was subsequently reworked and re-staged Off-Broadway as Annie Warbucks. He also wrote the libretto to the opera 1984.

Meehan wrote the book for the musical Young Frankenstein, a 2007 musical stage adaptation of the 1974 film of the same name and Cry-Baby. He co-wrote the book, with Bob Martin, for Elf the Musical. He co-wrote the book for the production of the musical Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin which ran at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2010 and premiered on Broadway in 2012. In 2011 he revised the book originally written by Peter Stone for the Off-Broadway musical Death Takes a Holiday with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston.

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Photo Flash: Remembering Thomas Meehan
Thomas Meehan attending the Broadway Opening Night Performance After Party for 'Annie' at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City on 11/08/2012

Photo Flash: Remembering Thomas Meehan
Thomas Meehan attending the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'Annie' at the Palace Theatre in New York City on 11/08/2012

Photo Flash: Remembering Thomas Meehan
Theatre Marquee unveiled for 'Annie' - with Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin, and Book by Thomas Meehan - Directed by James Lapine at the Palace Theatre, New York City on 9/21/2012.

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Theatre Marquee - The musical Young Frankenstein, which features music by Mel Brooks, book by Brooks and Thomas Meehan based on Brooks' 1974 film, and direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. Hilton Theatre in New York City. October 27, 2007.

Photo Flash: Remembering Thomas Meehan
Theatre Marquee - The musical Young Frankenstein, which features music by Mel Brooks, book by Brooks and Thomas Meehan based on Brooks' 1974 film, and direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. Hilton Theatre in New York City. October 27, 2007.

Photo Flash: Remembering Thomas Meehan
Theatre Marquee - The musical Young Frankenstein, which features music by Mel Brooks, book by Brooks and Thomas Meehan based on Brooks' 1974 film, and direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. Hilton Theatre in New York City. October 27, 2007.

Photo Flash: Remembering Thomas Meehan
Theatre Marquee for Cry-Baby, based upon the Universal Pictures film written and directed by John Waters, features songs by David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger, with a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan. Mark Brokaw directs, with choreography by Rob Ashford. John Waters serves as creative consultant..Opening Night Theatre Marquee at the Marquis Theatre in New York City

Photo Flash: Remembering Thomas Meehan
Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin & James Lapine attending the Broadway Opening Night Performance After Party for 'Annie' at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City on 11/08/2012

Photo Flash: Remembering Thomas Meehan
Andy Blankenbuehler, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin & James Lapine attending the Broadway Opening Night Performance After Party for 'Annie' at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City on 11/08/2012

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Charles Strouse, Liz McCartney & Thomas Meehan during the Broadway Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for 'Annie' at the Palace Theatre in New York City on 11/08/2012

Photo Flash: Remembering Thomas Meehan
Charles Strouse, Liz McCartney & Thomas Meehan during the Broadway Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for 'Annie' at the Palace Theatre in New York City on 11/08/2012

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Katie Finneran, Charles Strouse, Merwin Foard, Lilla Crawford, Sunny, Thomas Meehan during the Broadway Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for 'Annie' at the Palace Theatre in New York City on 11/08/2012

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Clarke Thorell, Anthony Warlow, Katie Finneran, Charles Strouse, Lilla Crawford, Sunny, Thomas Meehan, Brynn O'Malley & Martin Charnin during the Broadway Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for 'Annie' at the Palace Theatre in New York City on 11/08/2012

Photo Flash: Remembering Thomas Meehan
Thomas Meehan attending the Opening Night performance of THE WEDDING SINGER at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York City. April 27th, 2006

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Author Thomas Meehan, actor Rob McClure and Christopher Curtis attend the Meet & Greet the cast of the New Broadway Show 'Chaplin The Musical' at Foxwoods Theater Rehearsal Studios on August 7, 2012 in New York City.

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Doug Hughes (Director), Thomas Meehan (Book), Jill Paice, Julian Ovenden & Maury Yeston (Music & Lyrics) attending the Meet & Greet for The Roundabout Theatre Company's off Broadway Production of 'Death Takes A Holiday' in New York City.

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Thomas Meehan attending the Roundabout Theatre Company's Opening Night After Party for 'Death Takes A Holiday' in New York City.

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Thomas Meehan & wife Carolyn attending the Roundabout Theatre Company's Opening Night After Party for 'Death Takes A Holiday' in New York City.

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Maury Yeston & Thomas Meehan attending the Roundabout Theatre Company's Opening Night After Party for 'Death Takes A Holiday' in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Thomas Meehan
Theatre Marquee for 'Rocky Broadway' - on October 28, 2013 at The Winter Garden Theatre in New York City. The Sylvester Stallone film has inspired an innovative new stage production from director Alex Timbers , book writer Thomas Meehan and songwriting team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Photo Flash: Remembering Thomas Meehan
Theatre Marquee for 'Rocky Broadway' - on October 28, 2013 at The Winter Garden Theatre in New York City. The Sylvester Stallone film has inspired an innovative new stage production from director Alex Timbers , book writer Thomas Meehan and songwriting team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

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Thomas Meehan attends the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'Rocky on Broadway' at the Winter Garden Theatre on March 13, 2014 in New York City.

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Thomas Meehan, Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Hoggett,, Margo Seibert, Alex Timbers and Kelly Devine during the Broadway Opening Night Performance curtain call for 'Rocky on Broadway' at the Winter Garden Theatre on March 13, 2014 in New York City.

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Thomas Meehan, Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Hoggett,, Margo Seibert, Alex Timbers and Kelly Devine during the Broadway Opening Night Performance curtain call for 'Rocky on Broadway' at the Winter Garden Theatre on March 13, 2014 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Thomas Meehan
Thomas Meehan, Lynn Ahrens and Sylvester Stallone during the Broadway Opening Night Performance curtain call for 'Rocky on Broadway' at the Winter Garden Theatre on March 13, 2014 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Thomas Meehan
Thomas Meehan, Lynn Ahrens, Terence Archie, Sylvester Stallone and Margo Seibert during the Broadway Opening Night Performance curtain call for 'Rocky on Broadway' at the Winter Garden Theatre on March 13, 2014 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Thomas Meehan
Thomas Meehan, Lynn Ahrens, Terence Archie, Sylvester Stallone, Margo Seibert and Alex Timbers during the Broadway Opening Night Performance curtain call for 'Rocky on Broadway' at the Winter Garden Theatre on March 13, 2014 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Thomas Meehan
Theatre Marquee for 'Rocky Broadway' - on October 28, 2013 at The Winter Garden Theatre in New York City. The Sylvester Stallone film has inspired an innovative new stage production from director Alex Timbers , book writer Thomas Meehan and songwriting team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Photo Flash: Remembering Thomas Meehan
Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse & the cast from Broadway's iconic musical ANNIE celebrate creator Charles Strouse's 85th Birthday at The Palace Theatre in New York City on June 06, 2013.

Photo Flash: Remembering Thomas Meehan
Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan, Producer Arielle Tepper Madover, Charles Strouse & the cast from Broadway's iconic musical ANNIE celebrate creator Charles Strouse's 85th Birthday at The Palace Theatre in New York City on June 06, 2013.

Photo Flash: Remembering Thomas Meehan
Thomas Meehan attending the Opening Night performance of THE WEDDING SINGER at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York City. April 27th, 2006

Photo Flash: Remembering Thomas Meehan
Thomas Meehan attending the Opening Night Performance of the New Broadway Production of BOMBAY DREAMS at the Broadway Theatre in New York City. April 29, 2004

Photo Flash: Remembering Thomas Meehan
Thomas Meehan attending the Opening Night Performance of the New Broadway Production of BOMBAY DREAMS at the Broadway Theatre in New York City. April 29, 2004

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Thomas Meehan attending the final Broadway Performance after party for HAIRSPRAY ( The winner of Eight Tony Awards, finishing it's run of 2.641 performances as the 19th Longest-running show in Broadway History ) at ARENA in New York City. January 4, 2009

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