"Hairspray" Musical Co-Writer Mark O'Donnell Dies At 58
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Mark O'Donnell, the co-writer of the Broadway-hit "Hairspray," died Monday in Manhattan at age 58, according to his agent.
The agent said O'Donnell collapsed Monday in the lobby of his Upper West Side apartment complex.
He is best known for writing the book for the 1960s-themed musical "Hairspray," which earned him and co-writer Thomas Meehan the Tony Award in 2003.
O'Donnell returned to the project in 2007 to pen the movie version of the Broadway musical.
He also earned a Tony nomination is 2008 for Best Book for the show "Cry-Baby".
O'Donnell also wrote two novels and a number of plays.