Hairspray co-author dead at 58

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

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NEW YORK, USA (AP) — Mark O'Donnell, the Tony Award-winning writer behind such quirky and clever Broadway shows as Hairspray and Cry-Baby, died Monday, his agent said. He was 58.


Jack Tantleff, O'Donnell's agent at the Paradigm agency, said the writer collapsed in the lobby of his apartment complex on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.


"He was a huge talent, and a warm, witty and wonderful man who marched to his own drummer," Tantleff said.


O'Donnell won the 2003 Tony for best book of a musical for co-writing Hairspray with Thomas Meehan, and the pair earned Tony nominations in 2008 for doing the same for another John Waters work, Cry-Baby.


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