Mark O’Donnell, Tony Winner for ‘Hairspray’ Adaptation, Dead at 58

Aug 7, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Mark O’Donnell, a Tony Award-winning writer who was involved in the Broadway success "Hairspray," died Monday in New York at 58, the Los Angeles Times reports.

“He was a huge talent, and a warm, witty and wonderful man who marched to his own drummer,” said Jack Tantleff, O’Donnell’s agent, quoted by Entertainment Weekly.

O’Donnell shared the 2003 Tony for best book of a musical for "Hairspray" with Thomas Meehan. “Hairspray” played on Broadway for almost seven years. The writers were nominated again in 2008 for "Cry-Baby."

O’Donnell’s other plays include "That’s It, Folks!", "Fables for Friends," "The Nice and the Nasty," "Strangers on Earth," "Vertigo Park" and the musical "Tots in Tinseltown."

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