June 19, 2008 |
"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.
June 8, 2007 |
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.
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,...
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
August 6, 2012 |
Mark O'Donnell, a stage and comedy writer who won a Tony Award for his musical adaptation of the John Waters movie "Hairspray," has died at 58. He collapsed Monday in the lobby of his apartment building on New York's Upper West Side, according to the Associated Press. O'Donnell co-wrote the book for "Hairspray" with Thomas Meehan. The musical proved to be an enormous popular success when it opened on Broadway in 2002, and it played for nearly seven years. It also became a hit touring show and was produced last summer at the Hollywood Bowl.
January 7, 2004 |
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.