Meehan books to ‘Bombay’

Bollywood tuner due on B'way in spring 2004

Thomas Meehan is suddenly the most sought after co-book writer on Broadway.

Having penned “The Producers” with Mel Brooks and “Hairspray” with Mark O’Donnell, Meehan is teaming with Meera Syal on a new book for “Bombay Dreams,” due on Broadway in spring 2004.

The Bollywood musical, set in India’s film industry, opened at London’s Apollo Victoria Theater on July 19, and continues its run on the West End. Syal wrote the original book, which is based on an idea by Shekhar Kapur and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Songs are by composer A.R. Rahman and lyricist Don Black.

The writer is also reported to be at work with Mel Brooks on the book for a musical version of the film “Young Frankenstein.”

Meehan isn’t the only writer to be brought on Stateside to work on the book of a Broadway-bound tuner from the U.K.

In her Broadway debut as a producer, Rosie O’Donnell recently enlisted playwright Charles Busch (“The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife”) to write an entirely new book for the Boy George musical “Taboo.” It is based on the flamboyant entertainer’s early days in the club scene of 1980s London. “Taboo” opens Nov. 13 on Broadway at Plymouth Theater.

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