William Hauptman

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William Hauptman (born November 26, 1942 in Wichita Falls, Texas, United States) is an American writer and Tony Award winning playwright, best known for the book for the Broadway musical Big River, and various other plays and short stories.


In 1985, Hauptman won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for writing the Book of Big River.[1] The work was the first play Hauptman had written in seven years.[2] Hauptman joined the project after being approached by former Yale classmate Rocco Landesman.[2]

  • Big River
  • Comanche Cafe
  • Domino Courts
  • The Durango Flash
  • Gillette
  • Heat


Personal Life[edit]

As of 2003, Hauptman lived in Brooklyn with his wife Marjorie and their son Max.[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Big River". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Freedman, Samuel G. (16 July 1985). "HOW 'BIG RIVER,' A STORY BEGUN IN A CAR, MADE IT TO BROADWAY". New York Times. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Inside the Playbill: Big River - Opening Night at American Airlines Theatre". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 31 July 2015.