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Thomas Meehan

 
Bio:
Thomas Meehan won the 2003 Tony for co-writing the book for Hairspray, the 2001 Tony for the book of The Producers and the 1977 Tony for the book of Annie, which was his first Broadway show. He has since written the books for Young Frankenstein, I Remember Mama, Ain't Broadway Grand, Annie Warbucks ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Thomas Meehan won the 2003 Tony for co-writing the book for Hairspray, the 2001 Tony for the book of The Producers and the 1977 Tony for the book of Annie, which was his first Broadway show. He has since written the books for Young Frankenstein, I Remember Mama, Ain't Broadway Grand, Annie Warbucks ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Washington, DC (Regional), 2018]
Book Writer
 
[West End, 2017] [Replacement]
Book[Replacement]
 
[West End, 2017]
Playwright
 
[US Tour, 2014]
Book
 
[Broadway, 2014]
Book
 
[Broadway, 2007] [Replacement]
Book[Replacement]
 
[Broadway, 2004]
Book Revisions
 
[Broadway, 1978]
Book Revisions

Writing

Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Libretto
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter

Photos

Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse & the cast from Broadway's iconic musi Photo

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.

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07/10/2019
Andy Blankenbuehler, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, Arielle Tepper Madover, Martin C Photo

Andy Blankenbuehler, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, Arielle Tepper Madover, 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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Date:
07/10/2019
Andy Blankenbuehler, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin & James Lapine at Photo

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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07/10/2019
Clarke Thorell, Anthony Warlow, Katie Finneran, Charles Strouse, Lilla Crawford, Sunn Photo

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

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Date:
07/10/2019
Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin attending the Broadway Opening Night P Photo

Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin 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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Date:
07/10/2019

 

Stage

Productions

[Washington, DC (Regional), 2018]
Book Writer

[West End, 2017] [Replacement]
Book[Replacement]

[West End, 2017]
Playwright

[US Tour, 2014]
Book

[Broadway, 2014]
Book

[Broadway, 2007] [Replacement]
Book[Replacement]

[Broadway, 2004]
Book Revisions

[Broadway, 1978]
Book Revisions

Writing
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Libretto
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Bookwriter

Thomas Meehan Biography

Thomas Meehan won the 2003 Tony for co-writing the book for Hairspray, the 2001 Tony for the book of The Producers and the 1977 Tony for the book of Annie, which was his first Broadway show. He has since written the books for Young Frankenstein, I Remember Mama, Ain't Broadway Grand, Annie Warbucks and Bombay Dreams. He is a long-time contributor of humor, including "Yma Dream," to The New Yorker; an Emmy-winning television writer; and a collaborator on screenplays, including Mel Brooks' Spaceballs, To Be or Not to Be and The Producers. He is a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild.

Thomas Meehan Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2012 - Outstanding Book of a Musical
Thomas Meehan, Death Takes a Holiday
 
Tony Awards - 2008 - Best Book of a Musical
Thomas Meehan, Cry-Baby
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Book of a Musical Gold Star
Thomas Meehan, Hairspray
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 2003 - Best Musical Gold Star
Thomas Meehan, Hairspray
 
Tony Awards - 2003 - Best Book of a Musical Gold Star
Thomas Meehan, Hairspray
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Choreography Gold Star
Thomas Meehan, The Producers
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 2001 - Best Musical Gold Star
Thomas Meehan, The Producers
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Book of a Musical Gold Star
Thomas Meehan, The Producers
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1977 - Outstanding Book Gold Star
Thomas Meehan, Annie
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1977 - Best Musical Gold Star
Thomas Meehan, Annie
 
Tony Awards - 1977 - Best Book of a Musical Gold Star
Thomas Meehan, Annie

Thomas Meehan News

BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at National Theatre Photo BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at National Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - May 14, 2022

Hang on to your big hair and take a trip back to the 1960’s with the current US touring company of the Tony Award winning musical Hairspray playing through this Sunday at the National Theatre.

Beck Center for the Arts Announces 2022-2023 Season
by Marissa Tomeo - May 11, 2022

Beck Center for the Arts¬†is pleased to announce its¬†2022-2023¬†Professional Theater Season,¬†the 89th¬†season which includes Tony Award¬ģ Winners, comedies, dramas, return of the blockbuster¬†Elf the Musical,¬†and¬†the twelfth collaboration with¬†Baldwin Wallace University Musical Theatre¬†program. ¬†

ELF Returns To London's West End in November Photo ELF Returns To London's West End in November
by Stephi Wild - Apr 26, 2022

ELF the smash hit musical returns to London in a new production at the Dominion Theatre for a strictly limited 8-week season, previewing from 14 November and opening 24 November 2022, with the season finishing on 7 January 2023.

MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL, HADESTOWN & More Announced for Broadway in Cincinnati 2022 Photo MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL, HADESTOWN & More Announced for Broadway in Cincinnati 2022/23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 20, 2022

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati presented by TriHealth has announced a highly-anticipated season lineup of shows including previously announced HADESTOWN along with new musicals TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL, TOOTSIE, and the Tony Award Winning Best Musical MOULIN ROUGE.

Grand Theatre Announces 2022/23 Season Featuring Four World Premieres Photo Grand Theatre Announces 2022/23 Season Featuring Four World Premieres
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 19, 2022

Following two seasons of darkened stages, restricted interactions, and limited live theatre, London’s Grand Theatre is lifting the curtain on its 2022/23 season - unveiling a full return to the stage with ten powerful productions, four world premieres, and an exhilarating five-concert series from Jeans ’n Classics.

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.  

National Tour of HAIRSPRAY Postpones Performance at State Theatre Photo National Tour of HAIRSPRAY Postpones Performance at State Theatre
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 16, 2022

According to an announcement from the National Tour team, the performance of Hairspray that was scheduled to play at the State Theatre on April 16 has been rescheduled to February 18, 2023. 

BWW Review: ROCKY at Toby's Thinks Outside The Boxing Photo BWW Review: ROCKY at Toby's Thinks Outside The Boxing
by Cybele Pomeroy - Apr 14, 2022

New talent joins Toby's regulars to present ROCKY THE MUSICAL at Toby's in Columbia. Inspired by an actual 1974 boxing match, the unknown Rocky Balboa 'goes the distance' against superstar Apollo Creed, proving to himself, his lady love and all of Philly that an underdog can have teeth. Music and lyrics by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.

Kimmel Cultural Campus And The Shubert Organization Present HAIRSPRAY Photo Kimmel Cultural Campus And The Shubert Organization Present HAIRSPRAY
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 12, 2022

The Kimmel Cultural Campus and The Shubert Organization present the musical comedy phenomenon, HAIRSPRAY, winner of eight 2003 Tony Awards including Best New Musical. As part of the Kimmel Cultural Campus' 21-22 Broadway Series, the show plays the Miller Theater (formerly the Merriam Theater) from Tuesday, May 17 ‚Äď Sunday, May 22, 2022.

BEETLEJUICE, SIX, FROZEN, and More Set For ASU Gammage 2022-23 Season Photo BEETLEJUICE, SIX, FROZEN, and More Set For ASU Gammage 2022-23 Season
by Stephi Wild - Apr 12, 2022

ASU Gammage is gearing up for a new Broadway lineup as it announces the 2022‚Äď2023 Desert Financial Broadway Across America-Arizona season. Season ticket holders can now renew their subscriptions for an extraordinary list of shows. It‚Äôs a season filled with hot, fresh from Broadway shows, powerful plays and some all-time Tony Award¬ģ-winning favorites.

Thomas Meehan Videos

VIDEO: First Look at the HAIRSPRAY North American Tour VideoVIDEO: First Look at the HAIRSPRAY North American Tour
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 6, 2021

Helmed by original director Jack O'Brien and original choreographer Jerry Mitchell, the new non-Equity national tour of  HAIRSPRAY is visiting more than 60 cities in its first touring season and is expected to play for multiple seasons.

VIDEO: Jimmie Herrod Wows AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Judges With 'Tomorrow!' VideoVIDEO: Jimmie Herrod Wows AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Judges With 'Tomorrow!'
by Stage Tube - Jun 24, 2021

See the performance, which earned a Golden Buzzer from Sofia Vergara, here.

Broadway Rewind: Get Sparklejollytwinklejingley with Scenes from ELF! VideoBroadway Rewind: Get Sparklejollytwinklejingley with Scenes from ELF!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 22, 2020

Today we rewind to 2010, when Elf opened on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, where it played for 57 performances.

Broadway Rewind: ROCKY Takes Center Ring on Broadway VideoBroadway Rewind: ROCKY Takes Center Ring on Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 30, 2020

Today we rewind to 2014, when Rocky was getting ready to take center ring on Broadway. Rocky opened March 13 at the Winter Garden Theatre, where it ran for 180 performances.

Broadway Rewind: The Sun Comes Out on Broadway for ANNIE in 2012 VideoBroadway Rewind: The Sun Comes Out on Broadway for ANNIE in 2012
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 2, 2020

Today we rewind to 2012, when the second Broadway revival of Annie opened at the Palace Theatre, where it ran for 487 performances. Annie features a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin, with all three authors receiving 1977 Tony Awards for their work.

Broadway Rewind: Feel the Transylvania Mania with YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN! VideoBroadway Rewind: Feel the Transylvania Mania with YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 31, 2020

BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge, says of this episode of Broadway Rewind, 'It is jammed packed with Albee, Brooks and Pinter and I had one of the biggest pinch me moments of chatting with one of the greatest playwrights Edward Albee, himself. We head to Second Stage for the opening of Edward Albee's Peter and Jerry but we start off at the first day of rehearsal for revival of the Harold Pinter classic, The Homecoming which featured a stellar cast including Ian McShane, Raul Esparza, Eve Best and Michael McKeen. Director Daniel Sullivan told me what he loved about the play, 'When I read it now, almost 40 years after it was done, it still scares me. I had never directed Pinter, so I thought it was about time.''

VIDEO: First Look at ELF THE MUSICAL at Tuacahn Center for the Arts VideoVIDEO: First Look at ELF THE MUSICAL at Tuacahn Center for the Arts
by Stage Tube - Dec 10, 2019

Matt Owen, Jillian Gottlieb and Jim J. Bullock celebrate Christmas at Tuacahn Center for the Arts in the a?oesparkle-jollya?? production of Elf the Musical, which began performances on November 30th.

VIDEO: Angie Schworer and More in ANNIE at the Ogunquit Playhouse VideoVIDEO: Angie Schworer and More in ANNIE at the Ogunquit Playhouse
by Stage Tube - Dec 9, 2019

The Ogunquit Playhouse production of Annie is helmed by Broadway Director/Choreographer James A. Rocco. The cast includes Josie Todd as Annie, Emmy nominee Robert Newman as Oliver Warbucks, and Broadway veterans Angie Schworer as Lily St. Regis, Jeffry Denman as Rooster Hannigan, and Gail Bennett as Grace Farrell.

VIDEO: Bay Area Musicals' Feels The Beat With HAIRSPRAY VideoVIDEO: 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 VideoVIDEO: 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!


Thomas Meehan Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Thomas Meehan written?
Thomas Meehan has written 17 shows including Cry-Baby (Bookwriter), Hairspray (Bookwriter), Annie (Bookwriter), I Remember Mama (Bookwriter), Lyle The Crocodile (Bookwriter), Annie 2 (Bookwriter), Ain't Broadway Grand (Bookwriter), Annie Warbucks (Bookwriter), The Producers (Bookwriter), Bombay Dreams (Bookwriter), Robin Hood (Bookwriter), Death Takes a Holiday (Bookwriter), 1984 (Libretto), Young Frankenstein (Bookwriter), Elf - The Musical (Bookwriter), Chaplin (Bookwriter), Rocky (Bookwriter).

What awards has Thomas Meehan been nominated for?
Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Death Takes a Holiday , 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 , Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Hairspray , Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for The Producers , Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for The Producers , Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Producers , Outstanding Book (Drama Desk Awards) for Annie Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Annie and Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Annie .

What awards has Thomas Meehan won?
Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Hairspray, Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Hairspray, Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Hairspray, Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for The Producers, Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for The Producers, Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Producers, Outstanding Book (Drama Desk Awards) for Annie Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Annieand Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Annie.