Famous Arkansan: Elizabeth Williams

Several well known people
have roots in Arkansas. The list runs the gamut from Johnny Cash to Jermain
Taylor. Check here every week as we highlight a new Famous Arkansan. This
week: Elizabeth Williams

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A producer on Broadway and
around the world since 1989, Arkansan Elizabeth Williams received the Tony Award for Best Musical
for her production of “Crazy for You” (1992) plus the Best Revival
Tony for both “The Real Thing” (1999) and for “One Flew Over the
Cuckoo’s Nest” (2000).
She has been the owner at Grain of Sands Productions,
Four Corner Productions from 2006-the present. A theatrical producer,  Williams most
recently co-produced “Hairspray”, London, and syndications for “Dirty
Dancing”, Toronto, “Dirty Dancing”, US Tour, “Phantom of the Opera”, Australia and Chicago,
Australia, with John Frost. Her new work includes “Catch Me If You Can” with
Margo Lion and Hal Luftig now having its world premiere at Fifth Avenue Theater
in Seattle.

Together, with partner
Anita Waxman, Waxman Williams Entertainment Williams garnered 71 Tony
nominations and 16 Tony Awards. Ms. Williams’ and Ms. Waxman’s  Broadway productions include
“Bombay Dreams,” “Gypsy,” “Flower Drum Song,”
“Topdog/Underdog” and “Noises Off,” along with London West
End productions of “By the Bog of Cats,” “Ragtime” and “Hitchcock
Blonde.” In addition, her Four Corners Productions company is responsible
for “Crazy for You,” “Into the Woods,” “the Secret
Garden” and “Moon Over Buffalo.”
From 1984-1989, she served as
vice president of Mutual Benefit Productions and Fifth Avenue Productions,
which created art and theatre investment funds. The company also served as the
American financiers for Cameron Mackintosh by syndicating theatrical
partnerships and helping finance the West End, Broadway, Australian and U.S.
national touring companies of “Les Miserables,” “Phantom of the
Opera” and “Miss Saigon.” In the past, Williams has served on
the board of directors of the 52nd Street Project and is a past chair of the
board of directors of the New York Theatre Workshop. She is also a member of
the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame.
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