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PASSINGS: Mark O'Donnell, John Phelan, Jimmy Jones, Paul W. McCracken
PASSINGS: Mark O'Donnell, John Phelan, Jimmy Jones, Paul W. McCracken

Mark O'Donnell Tony-winning co-writer of 'Hairspray' Mark O'Donnell, 58, the Tony Award-winning writer behind such quirky and clever Broadway shows as "Hairspray and "Cry-Baby," died Monday in New York. His agent, Jack Tantleff, said the writer collapsed in the lobby of his apartment complex on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. O'Donnell won the 2003 Tony for best book of a musical for co-writing "Hairspray" with Thomas Meehan, and the pair earned Tony nominations in 2008 for doing the same for "Cry-Baby." Both were adaptations of movies written and directed by John Waters. The story of "Hairspray" centers on an...

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