Category Archives: Writers

In Memoriam: Mark O’Donnell

Yesterday, musical theater lost another unique voice. On Monday, librettist Mark O’Donnell died after collapsing in the lobby of his New York apartment. With co-writer Tom Meehan, O’Donnell crafted the books for musical adaptations of two John Waters films. The first, … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Marvin Hamlisch

On Monday, composer Marvin Hamlisch died in Los Angeles, after a brief illness. A “singular sensation” himself, Hamlisch won three Oscars, four Emmys, four Grammys (including one as Best New Artist), one Tony, plus the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. (The … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Richard Adler

Composer Richard Adler, co-creator of the classic musicals The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees, died last night at his home in Southampton, N.Y. He was 90 and among the last of Broadway’s Golden Age writers. When I created The Dramatist … Continue reading

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Broadway Trifecta

When Leap of Faith opened on April 26, composer Alan Menken joined the select group of writers that have had three original musicals running simultaneously on the Great White Way. Menken’s other two current shows are Newsies and Sister Act. … Continue reading

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