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March 12, 2004 | Gordon Cox, Newsday
"Young Frankenstein," the next Mel Brooks musical, is coming along nicely, but its creators still aren't sure when the public can expect to see it on Broadway. "We've got Act 1 done, and we've written about 10 songs," reports Thomas Meehan, the Tony-winning book writer who also collaborated with Brooks on "The Producers." He and Brooks expect to return to the project in May but have no firm timeline for the production. "We've always felt we'd just keep working on it until we finish it," he said.
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March 12, 2004 | Gordon Cox, Newsday
"Young Frankenstein," the next Mel Brooks musical, is coming along nicely, but its creators still aren't sure when the public can expect to see it on Broadway. "We've got Act 1 done, and we've written about 10 songs," reports Thomas Meehan, the Tony-winning book writer who also collaborated with Brooks on "The Producers." He and Brooks expect to return to the project in May but have no firm timeline for the production. "We've always felt we'd just keep working on it until we finish it," he said.
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November 16, 2007 | From Playbill.com
Rocky Balboa sings. Playbill reports that a musical version of the 1976 Sylvester Stallone hit film "Rocky" is being developed for stage with book by Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan ("Annie," "The Producers," "Young Frankenstein"). "It was made to be a musical," Meehan says on the magazine's website. "It's got all the elements."
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June 19, 2008 | Lynne Heffley
"Cry-Baby," the musical based on John Waters' film spoof of teen life in 1950s Baltimore, will cut short its Broadway run on Sunday after 45 previews and 68 performances. The musical -- with songs by David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger and book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan -- was shut out at the Tony Awards after receiving four nominations, including best musical. It premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2007, then opened at New York's Marquis Theatre on April 24 to unenthusiastic reviews and disappointing box office.
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June 8, 2007 | Lee Margulies
Megan Mullally, an Emmy winner for "Will & Grace," will join Tony winners Roger Bart, Sutton Foster and Shuler Hensley in Mel Brooks' musical adaptation of his 1974 film "Young Frankenstein," the producers said Thursday. The stage show opens in Seattle Aug.
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August 31, 1997
Re the source of David Letterman's "Uma, Oprah" routine (Letters, Aug. 24): It all began in the comic mind of Thomas Meehan, who conceived a totally off-the-wall 1962 article for the New Yorker magazine entitled "Yma Dream," based on the premise of his having a recurring dream that he is giving a cocktail party in honor of singer Yma Sumac and as the celebrity guests begin to arrive he has to introduce them to each other: "Oona, Yma; Oona, Ava; Oona,...
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June 9, 2003
Book of a musical "Hairspray" Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan * Original score "Hairspray" Music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman * Revival, play "Long Day's Journey Into Night" * Revival, musical "Nine" * Special theatrical event "Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on Broadway" * Featured actor, play Denis O'Hare "Take Me Out" * Featured actress, play Michele Pawk "Hollywood Arms" * Featured actor, musical Dick Latessa "Hairspray" * Featured actress, musical Jane
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April 27, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
A Los Angeles native has landed the title role in a new Broadway production of "Annie" opening this fall. After a nine-month, multi-city search and more than 5,000 auditions, producers chose curly haired Lilla Crawford to play the adorable orphan. Crawford is already a Broadway veteran: She made her debut last year playing Debbie in the closing cast of" Billy Elliot"and has performed more than a dozen shows with Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. Annie -- which features music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan -- will be directed and choreographed by Tony-winners James Lapine and Andy Blankenbuehler, respectively.  Based on the 1920s comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” by Harold Gray, “Annie” made its Broadway debut in 1977 and ran for six years a fueled by a soundtrack that included "Maybe," "It's The Hard Knock Life" and "Tomorrow.
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January 7, 2004 | Louise Roug
Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane have agreed to star in a film version of the Mel Brooks hit Broadway show, "The Producers." The movie, to be produced by Brooksfilms, is scheduled to begin production early in 2005, according to Jonathan Sanger. The planned movie will bring the show full circle: It began as a stage show adaptation of Brooks' 1968 film. The film will be co-produced by Brooks and Sanger.
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August 24, 1997
Re Anne Bancroft ("Escaping Mrs. Robinson," by John Clark, Aug. 10): Does no one remember that David Letterman's ill-fated "Uma/Oprah" routine was actually based on a sketch from a TV special Bancroft made years ago? In it, she has a nightmare where she goes to a party and has to introduce Mia to Ava and then Ava to Uta and then Mia and Ava and Uta to Ulu and so on, spinning out the routine until it encompassed a list of 27 similarly named personalities. In her hands, the sketch was hilarious and showed a master at work.
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