Thursday, May 23, 2024


William F. Brown, 91, Tony-Nominated Writer

William F. Brown of Westport, a Tony-nominated writer best known for his libretto to the long-running Broadway musical “The Wiz,” died June 23 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 91. Image
William Brown: Broadway, TV writer. David Gordon photo

His death was confirmed by his longtime wife and collaborator, Tina Tippit.

Brown was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on April 16, 1928. After attending Princeton University, he moved to New York City and landed a job writing for Look Magazine in 1950.

After a year in the U.S. Army, he worked from 1952 to 1954 as a television producer for the advertising agency Batten, Barton, Durstine and Osborne (BBDO), while also starting a freelance career as an author, illustrator, cartoonist and TV writer. See full obituary HERE from

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