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Episode 27
John Weidman


John Weidman, award-winning librettist and DG Council member, discusses his experience working in the musical theatre and collaborating on shows such as Pacific Overtures and Assassins with Stephen Sondheim.

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John Weidman is the son of librettist, novelist and former DG President Jerome Weidman. He has written the book for several award-winning musicals including Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes and Contact. Mr. Weidman also wrote the book for Pacific Overtures, Assassins and Road Show with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, as well as Big with Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire, and Happiness with Scott Frankel and Michael Korie. He has written for Sesame Street since 1986, receiving more than a dozen Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Children’s Program. From 1999 to 2009, he served as president of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Works Include: Pacific Overtures (1976); Anything Goes (1987); Assassins (1991); Big (1996); Contact (2000); Take Flight (2007); Road Show (2008); Happiness (2009).