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William Finn

 

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
1979
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[Regional (US), 2018]
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[New York, 2015]
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[Off-Broadway, 2005]
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[Off-Broadway, 1998]
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[Off-Broadway, 1989]
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[Off-Broadway, 1979]
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[Off-Broadway, 1979]
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Photos

Jim Caruso, William Finn, Billy Stritch Photo

Jim Caruso, William Finn, Billy Stritch

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07/08/2019
Armistead Maupin and William Finn  Photo

Armistead Maupin and William Finn

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03/27/2019
Armistead Maupin, William Finn and Nick Adams Photo

Armistead Maupin, William Finn and Nick Adams

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03/27/2019
Arthur Salvadore, William Finn, Nick Adams and Max von Essen  Photo

Arthur Salvadore, William Finn, Nick Adams and Max von Essen

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03/27/2019

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
1979
Performer

Productions

[Regional (US), 2018]
Music

Lyricist

[New York, 2015]
Music, Lyrics, Co-Librettist

[Off-Broadway, 2005]
Composer

[Off-Broadway, 1998]
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[Off-Broadway, 1989]
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[Off-Broadway, 1979]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1979]
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William Finn Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2005 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
William Finn, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
 
Tony Awards - 1992 - Best Book of a Musical Gold Star
William Finn, Falsettos
 
Tony Awards - 1992 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Gold Star
William Finn, Falsettos
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1990 - Outstanding Lyrics Gold Star
William Finn, Falsettoland
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1990 - Outstanding Music
William Finn, Falsettoland

William Finn News

George Street Playhouse Announces 2022-23 Season Featuring World Premiere of JOY, Ste Photo George Street Playhouse Announces 2022-23 Season Featuring World Premiere of JOY, Steve Guttenberg & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 21, 2022

New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse will welcome audiences back again this season to enjoy three exciting and thought-provoking plays, and two dazzling musical theatre events at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center.

BWW Feature: FALSETTOS Opens as Student Senior Project at Santa Fe Youth Collaborativ Photo BWW Feature: FALSETTOS Opens as Student Senior Project at Santa Fe Youth Collaborative Theatre
by Zoe Burke - Jun 19, 2022

New Mexico School for the Arts is no ordinary educational institution, and recently graduated senior Theo Kutsko is no ordinary student. Kutsko's ambitious and well executed senior project -- which has one more performance on Sunday, June 19th -- is a production of Falsettos, produced via Santa Fe Youth Collaborative Theatre.

Photos: Clive Davis and More Turn Out for The Acting Company's 50th Anniversary Gala Photo Photos: Clive Davis and More Turn Out for The Acting Company's 50th Anniversary Gala
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 17, 2022

The Acting Company’s 50th Anniversary Gala celebrated the company’s impact across America and new artistic vision for the future on Monday, June 13, 2022 at Capitale in New York City.

Theatre Unleashed Brings All New 25 PLAYS PER HOUR To Fringe! Photo Theatre Unleashed Brings All New 25 PLAYS PER HOUR To Fringe!
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 14, 2022

Theatre Unleashed is returning performing live theatre to packed houses, and the company thought there would be no better way to celebrate than with a new edition of one of its most popular and critically acclaimed brands.

The Pear Theatre Announces Season 21 Photo The Pear Theatre Announces Season 21
by Stephi Wild - Jun 14, 2022

The Pear Theatre has announced its 21st season lineup featuring uplifting, celebratory stories and programming centered around diversity in community, and co-productions that foster strong, enduring communal alliances.

Summer Schedule Announced For Catskill's Bridge Street Theatre Photo Summer Schedule Announced For Catskill's Bridge Street Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Jun 14, 2022

Bridge Street Theatre, one of the most adventurous and exciting small theater companies in the Hudson Valley region, is delighted to announce a spectacular line-up of imported music, dance, and theatre for the Summer of 2022.

The Keegan Theatre Announces 2022-23 Season Photo The Keegan Theatre Announces 2022-23 Season
by Stephi Wild - Jun 11, 2022

The Keegan Theatre has announced its 26th Season in 2022-2023, featuring 8 mainstage productions in its intimate and welcoming theater home in Dupont Circle. The season includes the world premieres of 2 newly commissioned works from DC area playwrights, 1 regional premiere, 1 DC premiere, 2 musicals, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning play.  

BWW Review: 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE SHINES  at STAGEWORKS THEATRE Photo BWW Review: 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE SHINES at STAGEWORKS THEATRE
by Drew Eberhard - Jun 4, 2022

Every so often in our lives along comes a musical full of heart. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, is a musical comedy with Music & Lyrics by William Finn, with a book by Rachel Sheinkin. The Broadway Production opened in 2005 and was directed by James Lapine. Since its opening, many productions both locally and regionally have been produced throughout the United States. Spelling Bee was nominated for 6 Tony Awards, winning two including Best Book. This fast-paced musical comedy features 6 adult performers playing children in a local annual spelling bee competing for the top prize, and a savings bond for furthering their education. At the judge’s table and moderator for the events of the bee are past spelling Champion Rona Lisa Peretti, who is also a local Real-Estate Agent, and Vice Principal Douglas Panch. The unique aspect of the show is that four audience members are invited on stage with the performers in the show to compete in the bee. The Announcer and Moderator switch off by ad-libbing mixed sentences and various definitions for the words often to hilarious ends. One by one the performers playing middle school-aged children take their turn at the mic and perform their unique form of spelling by talking into their hand, writing the word on the floor with their foot, or drawing the word on their arm all competing to make sure each word is spelled correctly.

Authors and Stars of a New Musical Take the Bucks County Playhouse Stage at Oscar Ham Photo Authors and Stars of a New Musical Take the Bucks County Playhouse Stage at Oscar Hammerstein Festival
by Marissa Tomeo - Jun 4, 2022

Bucks County Playhouse will present a special presentation of a new Broadway musical, “Female Troubles,” at the sixth Oscar Hammerstein Festival on Saturday, June 18 at 7:30 pm. The presentation, which is part concert, part insider’s preview, is open to the public. Tickets are $35.

Full Cast & Production Team Announced for CHICAGO at The Muny, Starring J. Harrison G Photo Full Cast & Production Team Announced for CHICAGO at The Muny, Starring J. Harrison Ghee, Emily Skinner & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 3, 2022

The Muny announced today its full cast, design and production teams for the theatre's production of Chicago, June 13-19. The cast features Sarah Bowden (Roxie Hart), J. Harrison Ghee (Velma Kelly), Adam Heller (Amos Hart), Emily Skinner (Matron 'Mama' Morton), James T. Lane (Billy Flynn) and Ali Ewoldt (Mary Sunshine). Find out the rest of the cast, and more information on the production!

William Finn Videos

VIDEO: Jose Llana Visits Backstage with Richard Ridge- Watch Now! VideoVIDEO: Jose Llana Visits Backstage with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Dec 3, 2021

Watch as Richard Ridge chats with Broadway favorite Jose Llana, who will soon join Seth Rudetsky for Seth's Concert Series, airing Sunday, December 5 at 8pm ET.

VIDEO: Jose Llana Sings from COMPANY in Rehearsal for The Seth Concert Series VideoVIDEO: Jose Llana Sings from COMPANY in Rehearsal for The Seth Concert Series
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 2, 2021

Jose Llana is the next guest on The Seth Concert Series with Seth Rudetsky! Watch him perform 'Being Alive' from Company in rehearsal for this weekend's concert.

VIDEO: Chip Zien Plays Skylar Astin's Dad on ZOEY'S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST VideoVIDEO: Chip Zien Plays Skylar Astin's Dad on ZOEY'S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 2, 2021

'Into the Woods' Broadway originator Chip Zien appears in this clip from tonight's brand new episode of 'Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist!' 

VIDEO: Andrew Rannells on Working With Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman on THE PROM on  VideoVIDEO: Andrew Rannells on Working With Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman on THE PROM on THE LATE LATE SHOW
by Stage Tube - Dec 11, 2020

Last night, Andrew Rannells was a guest on The Late Late Show, with his costar in The Prom, James Corden.

VIDEO: Andrew Rannells Talks About Staying Cool Around Meryl Streep on the Set of THE VideoVIDEO: Andrew Rannells Talks About Staying Cool Around Meryl Streep on the Set of THE PROM on CONAN
by Stage Tube - Dec 10, 2020

Andrew had a lot of very direct questions about 'She-Devil' and 'Death Becomes Her' for his 'The Prom' co-star.

VIDEO: Andrew Rannells Talks About Auditioning Against 'Type' for Broadway Shows on T VideoVIDEO: Andrew Rannells Talks About Auditioning Against 'Type' for Broadway Shows on THE TONIGHT SHOW
by Stage Tube - Dec 8, 2020

Andrew Rannells talks about performing in Times Square with Bernadette Peters, how he started his Broadway career and starring in the film adaptation of The Prom with Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and James Corden.

VIDEO: Andrew Rannells and Jimmy Fallon Perform '2020 The Musical' VideoVIDEO: Andrew Rannells and Jimmy Fallon Perform '2020 The Musical'
by Stage Tube - Dec 8, 2020

Andrew Rannells was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, where the pair recapping the year with a parody mashup of Broadway showtunes!

VIDEO: Andrew Rannells Talks About the Broadway Shutdown, THE BOYS IN THE BAND VideoVIDEO: Andrew Rannells Talks About the Broadway Shutdown, THE BOYS IN THE BAND
by Stage Tube - Oct 2, 2020

The multi-talented actor talks about the film adaptation of the acclaimed stage play.

VIDEO: Andrew Rannells Talks THE PROM & THE BOYS IN THE BAND VideoVIDEO: Andrew Rannells Talks THE PROM & THE BOYS IN THE BAND
by Stage Tube - Sep 30, 2020

James Corden connects with Andrew Rannells, someone he spent a lot of time with early in 2020 making 'The Prom' before COVID-19 reached the US. James asks Andrew about their experience working together, and what it was like to make his directorial debut. And 'The Boys In the Band' star shares what it was like to make a film so personal to him.

Broadway Rewind: Encores! Brings Back the Heart and Music of A NEW BRAIN VideoBroadway Rewind: Encores! Brings Back the Heart and Music of A NEW BRAIN
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 27, 2020

Today we rewind to 2015, when Encores! Off Center presented William Finn and James Lapine's A New Brain, starring Jonathan Groff, Dan Fogler, Ana Gasteyer, Aaron Lazar and Rema Webb.


William Finn Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has William Finn written?
William Finn has written 15 shows including Muscle (Bookwriter), In Trousers (Bookwriter), March of the Falsettos (Bookwriter), America Kicks Up Its Heels (Composer), Romance in Hard Times (Bookwriter), Dangerous Games (Lyricist), Falsettoland (Bookwriter), Falsettos (Bookwriter), A New Brain (Bookwriter), Love's Fire: Fresh Numbers by Seven American Playwrights (Playwright), Elegies (Composer), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Composer), Make Me a Song (Composer), Little Miss Sunshine (Composer), You're Standing in My Way: A New Song Cycle (Lyrics).

What awards has William Finn been nominated for?
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee , Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Falsettos , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Falsettos Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Falsettoland and Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Falsettoland .

What awards has William Finn won?
Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Falsettos Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Falsettosand Outstanding Lyrics (Drama Desk Awards) for Falsettoland.