Martin Charnin, a lyricist and writer-laureate of Tony, recognized for having created and directed the Broadway musical "Annie, "died Saturday after suffering a heart attack. He was 84 years old.
His daughter confirmed the news by writing on Facebook: "Our father is dead. Martin Charnin lived a busy life. He was watching Family Feud at the end, laughing with Shelly in bed at the hospital. Where are we going dad? Damn. But as he said and as corny as it sounds, the sun will be there tomorrow.
Although he is best known for his work behind the scenes, Charnin made his stage debut as a Big Deal in Broadway's original Broadway production in 1957. He also appeared alongside Dick Van Dyke in the 1959 review "The Girls Against the Boys. "
Shortly after, Charnin began writing lyrics as part of the cabaret tour, in collaboration with a number of prominent artists, including impresario Julius Monk and composer Mary Rodgers. Other projects include "Zenda", the musical of Vernon Duke, "Ballad for a Firing Squad" (Off-Broadway) and the musical "Two By Two" (1970), whose lyrics he wrote alongside Richard Rodgers and Peter Stone.
At the same time, Charnin turned to television where he won an Emmy for producing "Annie, The woman in the life of a man," Anne Bancroft in 14 different musical sketches. He was nominated three more times, winning again in 1972 for "S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous,' S Gershwin."
"Annie" opened on Broadway in 1977 after Charnin chose the comic book "The Little Orphan" from the period of the Tribune Company Depression. The musical has scored 10 Tony nominations and has won seven, including one for the best musical. Charnin subsequently worked on several Broadway productions including Bar Mitzvah Boy, Remember Mama, The First, A Small Family Business, Cafe Crown, Sid Caesar & Company, and The Flowering". Peach."
He is survived by his wife, all his children and his three grandchildren.