City Center to Honor Michael Friedman


Mr. Friedman, who died of complications coming from HIV/AIDS last year, performing his work in 2010 as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. His 2003 musical “Gone Missing” will be staged at City Center’s Off-Center series in July.

Richard Termine for The brand new York Times

“Gone Missing,” the 2003 musical that has a score by Michael Friedman, will be performed next summer at City Center to honor Mr. Friedman, who died last year at 41 of complications coming from HIV/AIDS.

At the time of his death, Mr. Friedman was the artistic director of City Center’s Off-Center series, which produces revivals of pathbreaking Off Broadway musicals as well as also will stage “Gone Missing” on July 11 as well as also 12, the theater announced on Friday.

(Read more about what Mr. Friedman’s death meant for the theater community.)

“We wanted to celebrate the profound vision of our friend as well as also colleague Michael Friedman, who is actually sorely missed,” Anne Kauffman, who today leads Off-Center with the composer Jeanine Tesori, said in a statement. “We’re certain in which Michael’s voice will continue to break open what musical theater can be as well as also inspire audiences as well as also artists for decades to come.”

Written as well as also directed by Steve Cosson, “Gone Missing” is actually a documentary musical borne of interviews Mr. Friedman’s company, the Civilians, conducted with people about objects they’d lost, like keys or 1 shoe.

different shows inside the Off-Center season include Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs for a brand new World” (1995), the Tony Award-winner’s breakout musical, coming from June 27-30. The song cycle tells stories of love as well as also life-changing decisions coming from the 15th century to the present.

“Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope,” a 1971 musical by Micki Grant as well as also Vinnette Carroll, will be staged July 25-28. The lively score dabbles in gospel, jazz as well as also calypso, among different genres, as well as also celebrates black culture as well as also race politics in America.

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