Thomas Meehan (fifth from left) with the cast and creative team of the 2012 revival of Annie.
Thomas Meehan (wearing red tie) with the cast and creative team of the 2012 revival of Annie.
(© David Gordon)

Broadway will dim the lights in honor of Thomas Meehan, the Tony-winning book writer of the Broadway hits Annie, The Producers, and Hairspray, who died at the age of 88 on August 21.

Over the course of his career, Meehan had 11 shows on Broadway, making his debut with Annie in 1977. He also coauthored the books of I Remember Mama, Ain't Broadway Grand (with Lee Adams), Bombay Dreams (with Meera Syal), Young Frankenstein (with Mel Brooks), Cry-Baby (with fellow Hairspray scribe Mark O'Donnell), Elf (with Bob Martin), Chaplin (with Christopher Curtis), and Rocky (with Sylvester Stallone). Meehan's off-Broadway musicals are Death Takes a Holiday and Annie Warbucks.

Marquees will be dimmed at 7:45pm on Wednesday, August 30, for one minute.