John Weidman

Personal Information
JOHN WEIDMAN has written the books for a wide variety of musicals, including Pacific Overtures (Tony nomination, Best Book) and Assassins (Tony Award, Best Musical Revival), both with scores by Stephen Sondheim; Contact (Tony nomination, Best Book; Tony Award, Best Musical), co-created with director/choreographer Susan Stroman; Happiness, score by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman; Take Flight and Big (Tony nomination, Best Book), scores by Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire; and the new book, co-authored with Timothy Crouse, for the Lincoln Center Theater revival of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes (Tony Award, Best Musical Revival; Olivier Award, Best Musical Production). Since his children were pre-schoolers, Weidman has written for “Sesame Street,” receiving 12 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Children’s Program. He is a former president of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 Assassins East 13th Street/CSC Theatre 11/14/2021 Book
2 Pacific Overtures East 13th Street/CSC Theatre 05/04/2017 Book
3 Happiness Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater 03/30/2009 Book
4 Road Show Joseph Papp Public Theater/ Newman Theater 11/18/2008 Book
5 Contact Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater 10/07/1999 Book
6 Assassins Playwrights Horizons 12/18/1990 Book
7 Diamonds Circle in the Square Downtown 12/16/1984 Book
8 Pacific Overtures Promenade Theatre 10/25/1984 Book
Award Production Function
1 NOMINATED 2022 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Revival Assassins Book
2 NOMINATED 2018 Drama League Award, Outstanding Revival of a Musical Pacific Overtures Book
3 NOMINATED 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Revival of a Musical Pacific Overtures Book
4 NOMINATED 2009 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Musical Road Show Book
5 NOMINATED 2009 GLAAD Media Award, Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway and Off-Broadway Road Show Book
6 NOMINATED 2009 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical Happiness Book
7 WON 2000 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Musical Contact Book