William F. Brown

William F. Brown wrote the libretto (book writer) for several Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. He is most known for writing the book of the Tony Award Winning show "The Wiz." Other credits include "The Girl in the Freudian Slip", and "How To Steal An Election". In addition to theatre, Mr. Brown was a well known cartoonist, writing and drawing the syndicated comic strip "Boomer" from 1972-1981. He also wrote material for such comedians as Joan Rivers and Georgie Kaye.

1. Who inspired you to become a writer? The same person who inspired Jesus to walk on water. Actually no one inspired me to become a writer. But I was encouraged by Julius Monk (Plaza Nine in NYC) and Max Liebman ("Your Show of Shows" on TV). I've written everything since I was a kid. With practically no inspiration, except wet feet.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I first realized I wanted to be a writer when I got 100 on a spelling test in third grade.

3. Who do you consider to be your hero? My biggest hero is my wife, Tina.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Strange talents? I'm a cartoonist. I wrote and drew a comic strip "Boomer" from 1972-1981 for United Feature Syndicate. I also wrote and drew and sold magazine gag cartoons from the age of 18 on, until about 1970.

5. Favorite Play? Outside of "The Girl in the Freudian Slip" (which I wrote) it's "The Odd Couple" which I wish I'd written.

6. Favorite Musical? Outside of "The Wiz", (for which I wrote the book), it's "Chicago". Which I also wish I'd written, even tho I was born in Jersey City.

7. Favorite Winter Retreat? Sanibel Island, Florida.

8. Favorite Meal? Roast Turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, peas, ice cream, decaf. With a glass of chardonnay. (long before the ice cream). But I'll settle for mac and cheese.

9. Animal Crackers or Oreos? Oreos.

10. Peanut Butter: Crunchy or Smooth? Neither. I hate peanut butter.

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