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.
We are devastated about the loss of our family member, Michael Friedman. His loss leaves a hole in the theater world that cannot be filled. pic.twitter.com/ALEU0eTYb9
— The Public Theater (@PublicTheaterNY) September 9, 2017
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.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) September 10, 2017
Dear Evan Hansen’s lyricist Benj Pasek described it as ‘shocking’ and ‘devastating’.
This is a shocking and devastating loss. An unbelievably kind man and extraordinarily singular writer. https://t.co/sdVL0Qghnl
— Benj Pasek (@benjpasek) September 10, 2017
Dave Malloy, the creator and composer of The Great Comet, also expressed his shock.
fuck. fucking devastated and shaken to the core by the loss of michael friedman.
— dave malloy (@dave_malloy) September 10, 2017
More people both within the community and fans at large shared their condolences and heartbreak.
Love & mercy dear Michael Friedman. An exquisite artist & a wonder of a man. Our theater generation has lost one of its brightest stars.
— Thomas Sadoski (@ThomasSadoski) September 10, 2017
Everybody singing a different song, but if we all sing together then it can't be wrong. -Michael Friedman.
— Steve Rosen (@stevierosen) September 10, 2017
AIDS is not over, even in the places we might presume it is. Rest in power Michael Friedman. He altered any room. This is so fucked up.
— Dan Fishback (@dangerfishback) September 9, 2017
Don't know what to say. Michael Friedman was a genius. His passion and heart was in everything he wrote. Devastating. One of a kind.
— Matt Doyle (@MattfDoyle) September 9, 2017
RIP Michael Friedman, 41, hugely gifted composer and thinker. An unspeakable loss for the theater world. pic.twitter.com/x1wblTCVUI
— Adam Feldman (@FeldmanAdam) September 9, 2017