William Finn '70
Williams College, B.A. 1974
Tony Award winning composer, lyricist, and playwright.
Received two Tony Awards for Falsettos, one for Best Book of a Musical and one for Best Original Score. Other works include In Trousers, March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, for which he won a variety of awards including an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, two Los Angeles Drama Critic's Awards, two Drama Desk Awards, the Lucille Lortel Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting; His semi-autobiographical, A New Brain, won an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Bill wrote the lyrics to Graciela Daniele's Tango Apasionado (the music was composed by the great Astor Piazzolla) He wrote the songs for the animated movie, Thumbelina & Tom Thumb, a Miramax production.
Advice to Students:
Dare to make a fool of yourself.
Only listen to people if they tell you what you want to hear.
Have a good time.
Inducted November 23, 1999