FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006 file photo, Mel Brooks, left, and co-author Thomas Meehan appear on stage at the St. James Theatre in New York. On Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, Martin Charnin said that Meehan, the three-time Tony Award-winning book writer, has died. Meehan was 88. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Thomas Meehan, Tony-winning story writer of 'Annie,' dies

August 22, 2017 - 5:50 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The three-time Tony Award-winning book writer best known for transforming the Little Orphan Annie cartoon strip into the smash Broadway musical "Annie" has died. Thomas Meehan was 88.

Lyricist and longtime friend and "Annie" collaborator Martin Charnin says Meehan died at his New York City home late Monday or early Tuesday after a long illness.

Meehan wrote the books for three shows that ran over 2,000 performances on Broadway: "Annie" with 2,377 performances, "The Producers" with Mel Brooks at 2,502 performances and "Hairspray" with Mark O'Donnell at 2,642 performances.

His other shows include "Young Frankenstein" with Brooks, "Cry-Baby" with O'Donnell, "Elf" with Bob Martin, "Chaplin" with Christopher Curtis, "Bombay Dreams" with Meera Syal and the musical "Rocky" with Sylvester Stallone.

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