The Wiz Live! - December 03



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    William F. Brown


    William F. Brown won a Drama Desk Award and a Tony nomination for The Wiz. He was head writer for New Faces of 1968 and the author of The Girl in the Freudian Slip on Broadway. His recent Broadway show was A Broadway Musical. He also wrote the book for the acclaimed How to Steal An Election. He has over 100 TV credits and has been a syndicated cartoonist ("Boomer"), an author and illustrator of books and a television producer.

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    Charlie Smalls

    Music & Lyrics

    Charlie Smalls won a Tony Award for his music and lyrics for The Wiz and a Grammy for Best Cast Album. He toured Europe with Harry Belafonte's show and then joined Hugh Masakela as musical director. He formed his own group, Charlie Smalls & Co., and was signed by A&M Records. His work in films includes writing the scores for "Events," "Faces" and Dino Delaurentis's "Drum." For the film of "The Wiz," he wrote three additional songs. He won a Grammy for the Lena Horne album, "The Lady and Her Music." Tragically, Smalls passed away in 1987 at the age of 43.

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    Harvey Fierstein

    Additional Writing

    Harvey Fierstein is a multi-Tony Award-winning actor and playwright who won his first Tony for playing lead in Torch Song Trilogy, which he also wrote and produced. He originated the role of Edna Turnblad in Hairspray and wrote the books for La Cage aux Folles and Kinky Boots. In addition to his Tony Awards, Fierstein has also won two Drama Desk Awards, the Theatre World Award and he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2007. Fierstein’s film credits include the critically acclaimed movies “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Independence Day.”

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