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Mark O'Donnell Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2008 - Best Book of a Musical
Mark O'Donnell , Cry-Baby
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Book of a Musical Gold Star
Mark O'Donnell, Hairspray
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 2003 - Best Musical Gold Star
Mark O'Donnell, Hairspray
 
Tony Awards - 2003 - Best Book of a Musical Gold Star
Mark O'Donnell, Hairspray

Mark O'Donnell News

Jo Ellen Pellman & More to Star in Live Podcast Recording Of AMERICAN SPIES By Sam Ha Photo Jo Ellen Pellman & More to Star in Live Podcast Recording Of AMERICAN SPIES By Sam Hamashima
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 26, 2023

The Parsnip Ship will present a free in-person podcast recording of AMERICAN SPIES by Sam Hamashima. The event will be held Monday, January 30, 2023 at The Mark O'Donnell Theater in Downtown Brooklyn at 7:30pm.

Playwright Shayok Misha Chowdhury Receives 2022 Mark O'Donnell Prize Photo Playwright Shayok Misha Chowdhury Receives 2022 Mark O'Donnell Prize
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 21, 2022

The Entertainment Community Fund and Playwrights Horizons announced that New York City playwright Shayok Misha Chowdhury is the 2022 recipient of The Mark O’Donnell Prize, an annual prize presented to an emerging theater artist in recognition of her or his talent and promise.

The Parsnip Ship Announces Live Recording Of SEA LONGING By Nina Ki Photo The Parsnip Ship Announces Live Recording Of SEA LONGING By Nina Ki
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 15, 2022

The Parsnip Ship announces a free in-person podcast recording of Sea Longing by Nina Ki. The event will be held Monday, December 19th 2022 at The Mark O'Donnell Theater in Downtown Brooklyn (160 Schermerhorn St.) at 8pm.

Dancers Collaborate on GOOD GRIEF, Coming to The Mark O'Donnell Theater in December Photo Dancers Collaborate on GOOD GRIEF, Coming to The Mark O'Donnell Theater in December
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 21, 2022

Curated by Cecly Placenti, Artistic Director of Six Degrees Dance, Good Grief is an evening of socially conscious contemporary dance to be presented on Friday, December 16, 2022 and Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at The Mark O'Donnell Theater at the Entertainment Community Fund Arts Center.

Hook & Eye Theater Presents Premiere of SPACE NUNZ OF THE RESCUE MAINFRAME Photo Hook & Eye Theater Presents Premiere of SPACE NUNZ OF THE RESCUE MAINFRAME
by Stephi Wild - Sep 15, 2022

​​​​​​​Hook & Eye Theater, an ensemble of performance makers working at the intersection of collective script writing and play-making, has announced the world premiere of Space Nunz of the Rescue Mainframe, October 26- November 13, at The Mark O'Donnell Theater in Downtown Brooklyn. 

Smith Street Stage to Present Reimagining of MEASURE FOR MEASURE at The Mark O'Donnel Photo Smith Street Stage to Present Reimagining of MEASURE FOR MEASURE at The Mark O'Donnell Theater
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 18, 2022

SMITH STREET STAGE has announced their reimagining of William Shakespeare’s  MEASURE FOR MEASURE, directed by Raquel Chavez and Beth Ann Hopkins. MEASURE FOR MEASURE will play a three-week limited engagement at The Mark O’Donnell Theater at The Entertainment Community Fund Arts Center.

Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center Presents 46th Dance Season, June 22-25 Photo Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center Presents 46th Dance Season, June 22-25
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 13, 2022

Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center (THPAC) will hold its 46th Dance Season from June 22-25 at The Mark O'Donnell Theater at Entertainment Community Fund Arts Center in Brooklyn.

The Friday 5(+1): Caitlyn Porayko and Victoria Preisman from Roxy Regional Theatre's  Photo The Friday 5(+1): Caitlyn Porayko and Victoria Preisman from Roxy Regional Theatre's CRY-BABY THE MUSICAL
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 3, 2022

Set in 1950s Baltimore, the conservative squares face off against the leather-clad delinquents in this rockabilly musical from the creative team behind Hairspray – Thomas Meehan and Mark O'Donnell – featuring a score from Fountains of Wayne co-founder Adam Schlesinger and The Daily Show executive producer David Javerbaum.  

World Premiere of THE BRIGHTEST THING IN THE WORLD & More Announced for Yale Rep 2022 Photo World Premiere of THE BRIGHTEST THING IN THE WORLD & More Announced for Yale Rep 2022-23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 21, 2022

Yale Repertory Theatre has announced its 2022–23 season of four plays. The season will begin with Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, running October 6–29. James Bundy, who directed Albee’s A Delicate Balance at Yale Rep in 2010, will stage this new production of the explosively comedic and harrowingly profound masterpiece. 

HAIRSPRAY Comes to State Theatre New Jersey This Month Photo HAIRSPRAY Comes to State Theatre New Jersey This Month
by Stephi Wild - Apr 19, 2022

The newly renovated State Theatre New Jersey presents Broadway's Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon Hairspray for four performances on Friday, April 29, 2022, at 8pm; Saturday, April 30 at 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, May 1 at 2pm. Tickets range from $40-$98.  

Mark O'Donnell Videos

VIDEO: Bay Area Musicals' Feels The Beat With HAIRSPRAY Videoplay
VIDEO: Bay Area Musicals' Feels The Beat With HAIRSPRAY

by Stage Tube - Jul 12, 2019

Bay Area Musicals is thrilled to announce the full cast and creative team for the final production of the Company's 2018-2019 season, the international smash hit HAIRSPRAY (Winner of 8 Tony Awards including 'Best Musical'). Based on the 1988 John Waters film, HAIRSPRAY features music by Mark Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman & Mark Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan. 

VIDEO: Go Behind The Scenes of Bay Area Musical's Behind the Scenes of HAIRSPRAY Videoplay
VIDEO: Go Behind The Scenes of Bay Area Musical's Behind the Scenes of HAIRSPRAY

by Alan Henry - Jul 2, 2019

HAIRSPRAY opens THIS Saturday and runs through August 11th at the Victoria Theater from Bay Area Musicals! Go behind the scenes of the show!

VIDEO: On This Day, August 15- HAIRSPRAY Dances Onto Broadway! Videoplay
VIDEO: On This Day, August 15- HAIRSPRAY Dances Onto Broadway!

by A.A. Cristi - Aug 15, 2018

On this day in 2002, the big. beautiful Broadway hit musical, Hairspray opened at the Neil Simon Theater.

You Can't Stop the Beat! HAIRSPRAY Dances In the Rain at Jenny Wiley Theatre Videoplay
You Can't Stop the Beat! HAIRSPRAY Dances In the Rain at Jenny Wiley Theatre

by A.A. Cristi - Jul 26, 2018

After their opening night was rained out on Friday, July 20th, the diverse and youthful cast of Hairspray at The Jenny Wiley Theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre in Prestonsburg, Kentucky--population 3,255 -- celebrated their work and art by transforming a local pizzeria into a piano bar and joyfully singing through a concert of the show for an enthusiastic local crowd. The second performance on Saturday, July 21st, made it to the end of Act 1... when another severe storm broke loose.

Broadway Mourns the Passing of Thomas Meehan Videoplay
Broadway Mourns the Passing of Thomas Meehan

by Alan Henry - Aug 22, 2017

BroadwayWorld is sad to report that Thomas Meehan, who is best known for his books of such classics as Annie, The Producers and Hairspray, passed away yesterday, August 21, 2017. He was 88 years old.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/15/16- HAIRSPRAY
by Stage Tube - Aug 15, 2016

Today in 2002, Hairspray opened at the Neil Simon Theatre, where it ran for 2642 performances. Hairspray is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight. She then launches a campaign to integrate the show. Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s.

VIDEO: DANCING WITH THE STARS Recreates HAIRSPRAY's 'You Can't Stop the Beat'
by Caryn Robbins - Apr 26, 2016

Opening the night was celebrity contestant Kim Fields and her partner Sasha Farber who danced a Jive to 'You Can't Stop The Beat' from HAIRSPRAY.

BWW TV: Watch 'I Know Where I've Been' from the HAIRSPRAY UK Tour!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 18, 2016

The HAIRSPRAY UK tour is currently playing at Cambridge Corn Exchange, through February 20, and will soon move on to Edinburgh Playhouse. Below, watch as the cast performed a rousing 'I Know Where I've Been.'

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 1/4/16- HAIRSPRAY
by Stage Tube - Jan 4, 2016

Today in 2009, Hairspraiy closed at the Neil Simon Theatre after 2,641 performances. Hairspray is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and 'downtown' rhythm and blues. In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 8/15/15- HAIRSPRAY
by Stage Tube - Aug 15, 2015

Today in 2002, Hairspray opened at the Neil Simon Theatre, where it ran for 2642 performances. Hairspray is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight. She then launches a campaign to integrate the show. Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s.


Mark O'Donnell Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Mark O'Donnell written?
Mark O'Donnell has written 4 shows including Keep Your Pantheon (Lyricist), Put Up Your Dukes (Bookwriter/Lyricist), Hairspray (Bookwriter), Cry-Baby (Bookwriter).

What awards has Mark O'Donnell been nominated for?
Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Cry-Baby , Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Hairspray Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Hairspray and Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Hairspray .

What awards has Mark O'Donnell won?
Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Hairspray Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Hairsprayand Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Hairspray.