A Hit Man's Life

From Annie to The Producers, Thomas Meehan, 72, continues to spin Broadway gold

Thomas Meehan is sipping coffee by the rooftop pool of the tony Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. From the ankles up, he's obviously a visitor from the Northeast, swathed in a tweed jacket despite the sunny skies and warm temperature. But on his feet is a dash of West Coast: a brand-new pair of brown suede New Balance sneakers. "Mel got me these," he explains. "He said I looked too much like a New Yorker in my black dress shoes." The munificent Mel is Mel Brooks, and the bond between Meehan and Brooks has been that much stronger since the duo...

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