Artist Bio

John Weidman

(Bio as of June 2003)

John Weidman wrote the book for Pacific Over­tures (Tony nominations, Best Book and Best Musical), score by Stephen Sondheim, produced and directed on Broadway by Harold Prince. He co-authored, with Timo­thy Crouse, the new book for Lincoln Center Theater's re­vival of Cole Porter's Anything Goes (Tony Award, Best Musical Revival; Olivier Award, Best Musical Production). He wrote the book for Assassins, score by Stephen Sondheim, directed off-Broadway by Jerry Zaks and in London's West End (Drama Critics' Award for Best Musical) by Sam Mendes. He wrote the book for Big (Tony nomination, Best Book), score by Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire, di­rected on Broadway by Mike Ockrent, and with director/cho­reographer Susan Stroman, co-created the musical Contact (Tony nomination, Best Book; Tony Award, Best Musical). Weidman's next project is a revival of Assassins, to be di­rected by Joe Mantello and produced on Broadway by the Roundabout Theater in the spring of 2004. Since 1986, he has written for Sesame Street, receiving eleven Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Children's Program, Weidman is president of the Dramatists' Guild of America. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and lives in New York City with his wife, Lila, and their two children, Laura and Jonathan.

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