‘Hairspray’ musical writer dies, aged 58
Tony Award-winning writer, Mark O’Donnell, has died at the age of 58.
According to O’Donnell’s agent, Jeff Tantleff, he collapsed in the reception of his apartment block in Manhattan, New York.
Tantleff went on to pay tribute, saying: “He was a huge talent, and a warm, witty and wonderful man who marched to his own drummer.”
As well as co-writing the musical adaptation of Jonathan Waters’ cult movie, Hairspray, with Thomas Meehan, Mark’s other credits include Cry-baby, Vertigo Park, The Nice and the Nasty and That’s It, Folks! He also wrote two novels - Getting Over Homer and Let Nothing You Dismay.
The cause of O’Donnell’s death is currently unknown, but a post mortem will be carried out on Thursday (August 8th).
Watch a trailer used to promote the London-based musical below.