Musicals by William Finn – A Full List

William Finn is a Tony Award winning composer and lyricist who is best known for his musicals Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. And if you’re interested in what else he has composed, all of the William Finn musicals to date are listed below, sorted chronologically!


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Musicals by William Finn

In Trousers (1979)

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn

In Trousers was Finn’s first in a series of three one-act musicals following the story and love life of Marvin. This was followed by March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland.

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March of the Falsettos (1981)

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn

This is the second one-act in the series of three. In March of the Falsettos, Marvin navigates his relationships with his son, his ex-wife, psychiatrist, and new lover Whizzer.

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Romance in Hard Times (1989)

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn

An earlier version of Romance in Hard Times was first released as America Kicks Up Its Heels in 1983. This musical follows the story of a woman who works at a soup kitchen and decides not to give birth until children have a better world.

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Falsettoland (1990)

Music/Lyrics: William Finn  Book: James Lapine

Falsettoland is the third in the series of one-act musicals mentioned above. This is the conclusion of Marvin’s story and also deals with the AIDS epidemic.

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Falsettos (1992)

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn  Book: James Lapine

Falsettos is the musical that you are most likely familiar with. This Tony-Award winning musical contains the stories from the last two parts of the trilogy mentioned above (March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland). 

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A New Brain (1998)

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn  Book: James Lapine

Based on the life of William Finn, A New Brain is about a songwriter who faces a medical emergency and fears he won’t live long enough to release the music that’s still inside of him.

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Elegies: A Song Cycle (2003)

Music/Lyrics: William Finn

Elegies pays tribute to departed friends and victims of 9/11. The songs in the cycle tie together by touching on themes of life and death.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2005)

Music/Lyrics: William Finn  Book: Rachel Sheinkin

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee won the 2005 Tony Award for best book of a musical. It’s the hilarious story of six adolescents who compete in a spelling bee.

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Make Me a Song (2006)

Music/Lyrics: William Finn

Make Me a Song is a musical revue featuring songs from the collection of Finn’s musicals (both produced and unproduced).

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Little Miss Sunshine (2011)

Music/Lyrics: William Finn  Book: James Lapine

Based on the 2006 film of the same name, Little Miss Sunshine follows the Hoover family as they drive cross-country to enter their daughter in a children’s beauty pageant.

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Additional Work by Bill Finn

Here’s a list of additional work by Bill Finn, or musicals that don’t have much information listed about them online.

1985: Dangerous Games (musical)

1998: The Royal Family of Broadway (musical)

2000: Infinite Joy (musical revue)  Listen

2001: Muscle (musical)

2011: Songs of Innocence and Experience (album by Lisa Howard)  Listen


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Which of these William Finn musicals is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of these William Finn musicals? Feel free to share in the comments below! And if you like these types of lists, check out the musical database. That’s where you’ll find musicals sorted by composer, theme, setting, and more!


Stacy Karyn, author of William Finn Musicals.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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