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Theater community mourns death of Michael Friedman at 41

He was best known for co-creating Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Theater community mourns death of Michael Friedman at 41
Michael Friedman (Image: Playbill/Twitter)

The theater community is mourning the death of composer and lyricist Michael Friedman. He died on Saturday at 41 due to HIV/AIDS complications.

The Public Theater announced his passing.

Born on 24 September, 1975 in Boston, Friedman was best known as the co-creator of the musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. The show was a dark, satirical, rock-filled look at the seventh President of the United States.

It ran Off Broadway at the Public before engaging in a limited Broadway run in 2010.

Politics was always a crucial element of Friedman’s work.

Beyond presidential musicals, he was a founding artist of the Civilians, a troupe that performs investigative theater. He also wrote songs based on voters’ feelings during last year’s election.

Many names within the theater community are expressing their grief over Friedman’s passing.

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted Saturday evening.

Dear Evan Hansen’s lyricist Benj Pasek described it as ‘shocking’ and ‘devastating’.

Dave Malloy, the creator and composer of The Great Comet, also expressed his shock.

More people both within the community and fans at large shared their condolences and heartbreak.


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