Friday, February 6, 2009

Jerome Weidman

Jerome Weidman was an American playwright and novelist. He was educated at New York University Law School, Weidman made his Broadway debut as co-author of the libretto for the Pulitzer Prize–winning musical Fiorello! (1959). He also co-wrote Tenderloin (1960) and adapted his own novel about the garment industry into the musical I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1962). He was born in New York and educated at Harvard, where he wrote for the humor magazine Lampoon, and Yale to pursue a law career as well. But he soon turned to writing and was first represented on Broadway as the librettist for Pacific Overtures (1976), the experimental Stephen Sondheim musical about the opening of Japan. Weidman's other credits include the revised libretto for Anything Goes (1987); the bold, conceptual script for Sondheim's Assassins (1991); Big (1996); Contact (2000); and Bounce (2003). He collaborated with George Abbott on the book for the musical Fiorello! with music by Jerry Bock, and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. All received the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work. Weidman died October 6, 1998 in New York City.