The York Theatre Company honored Thomas Meehan with the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre at a gala at The Racquet & Tennis Club on Monday, November 22.
Robert Cuccioli, Jim Dale, Felicia Finley, Josh Grisetti, Matthew Gumley, Shuler Hensley, George S. Irving, Beth Leavel, Andrea McArdle, Robert McClure, Mark O'Donnell, Brad Oscar, Jill Paice, Lee Roy Reams, Conrad John Schuck, Christopher Sieber, Don Stephenson, George Wendt, Maury Yeston, and Rosie's Theater Kids participated in a performance tribute to Meehan. Richard Maltby directed the performance, with music direction by David Krane.
Meehan is currently represented on Broadway as the co-author (with Bob Martin) of the book to the new holiday musical Elf. He won the 2003 Tony for co-writing the book for Hairspray, the 2001 Tony for the book of The Producers, and the 1977 Tony for the book of Annie, which was his first Broadway show. He has also written the books for Young Frankenstein, I Remember Mama, Ain't Broadway Grand, Annie Warbucks, Bombay Dreams, and Cry-Baby.