Larry Todd Johnson

Playwright Lyricist Librettist

As a Line Producer for Disney, I managed the development and production for animated series and video release projects including My Friends Tigger and Pooh, Yin Yang Yo!, American Dragon, House of Mouse and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. I also worked as a freelance writer on animated series, including Yin Yang Yo!, The Care Bears (2009), and Angela Anaconda.

I am also an experienced bookwriter/lyricist for musical theatre. My master’s thesis, a musical drama called All That He Was (with composer Cindy O'Connor), won the Kennedy Center National Student Playwrighting Award and the KC/ACTF Musical Theater Award.  In February 2010, I attended a new student production of All That He Was at the Tisch School of the Arts in NYC.

My historical-fiction musical, The Last Princess, with composer Alan Hong, was featured in the Disney/ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in Los Angeles.

40 is the New 15, with composer Cindy O'Connor, had a six-week run in 2009 at the Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood, CA, and again in 2010 at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, CA. It was a critical and commercial success, nominated for a 2010 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Los Angeles Theatre, and chosen by Stephen Schwartz for the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop in Burbank in 2010.

Now and Then a Hero, with composer Jake Anthony, had a successful reading at the Montana Rep. Colony in Missoula, and is currently in development at Cal State Northridge under director Kari Hayter. A staged reading took place in 2015 and we hope for more to come.

The newest draft of Mercy: Variations with composer Mike O'Mara was given a staged reading produced by Kokandy Productions at Theatre Wit in 2015. Previous readings took place in Los Angeles and Chicago.

The newest draft of Flies! The Musical!! (with composer Cindy O'Connor) had a successful concert presentation at Uptown Underground on August 14th, 2017. It is currently in development.