Composer and lyricist for the rock musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.”
Michael Friedman, the composer and lyricist for the rock musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” has died at the age of 41. Friedman died on Saturday, September 9, 2017, due to complications from HIV/AIDS, according to multiple news sources.
The Public Theater, where Friedman was an artist in residence announced the news.
“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” made its premiere at The Public Theater in 2009. The play opened on Broadway in 2010.
The musical was a comedic take on the founding of the Democratic party. The play focuses on the seventh President of the United States and the populist movement. Friedman’s Andrew Jackson is an Emo rock star in the play.
Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis said in a statement, “Michael Friedman was one of the most brilliant, multi-talented theater artists of our time. He was also a miracle of a human being: loving, kind, generous, hilarious, thrilling. His loss leaves a hole in the theater world that cannot be filled, and a hole in the hearts of those who loved him that will last forever.”
“Michael brought so much joy and beauty and humor to our lives,” added his sister Marion Friedman Young. “To lose him so soon is devastating. We are so grateful to the people who loved him, made art with him, and were so supportive of his work, and made it possible for Michael’s extraordinary gifts to reach so many people.”
Read an interview with Michael Friedman in the Los Angeles Times.
Friedman was a co-founder of the Civilians theater company. His other credits include “Canard Canard Goose,” “Nobody’s Lunch,” and “Gone Missing.”
He is survived by his parents, sister, and nephew.
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