Episode 158 – John Weidman
After a brief summer vacation, the Podcast has returned! We’ve done a little “renovating,” lined up a ton of great guests, and have some big surprises in store, so I hope you’re ready for The Producers Perspective Podcast 2.0!
So, let’s get to it.
Imagine this . . . you’ve never written a play before . . . but you do.
And then Hal Prince tells you he wants to direct it. And he’s going to get Stephen Sondheim to write the music.
Sounds like a dream, right?
That’s what happened to John Weidman. The play became Pacific Overtures, and it lead to a lifetime collaboration with “Steve,” including creating the classic and groundbreaking musical, Assasins.
You’ve got to have a lot of natural talent to catch the eye of someone like Mr. Prince, but you also have to have a lot of gumption to even send him a play when you’ve never written one.
John and I talked about where he got that courage as well as . . .
- How law school helped him become a better playwright.
- Can all ideas be made into musicals?
- Collaborating with Sondheim . . . and how to stand up for yourself when you’re working with a legend (before he became one himself!)
- The most common problem he sees in modern musicals.
- How to do deal with the ones that don’t work out the way you want them to.
I couldn’t think of a better guest for the return of the podcast, and when you listen in, I know you’ll agree!
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