Remembering Michael Friedman, Composer and Lyricist for The Abominables


It is with heavy hearts that we share the news with our community on the passing of composer Michael Friedman who died on September 9th at the age of 41. Michael was the composer and lyricist of The Abominables, which is to receive its world premiere performance on Friday, September 15 in our UnitedHealth Group Stage. The Abominables was commissioned by CTC in 2011 and is written by Michael and his longtime collaborator Steve Cosson of The Civilians.

“Michael was an extraordinary artist and an incredible human being,” said Artistic Director Peter C. Brosius. “He was brilliant, wildly funny and so deeply caring about other people. Michael was such a joy; his boundless energy, his infectious enthusiasm, and his ability to be so fearlessly self-critical and clear eyed in the pursuit of something truly extraordinary made him utterly unique. He never rested, was a brave explorer of new possibilities and was one of the most creative forces you would ever meet. We deeply mourn his passing and feel truly blessed to have had this opportunity to work closely with him and bring his work to our audiences.”

While we are deeply saddened that Michael will not see the world premiere, we feel fortunate to be able to bring one of his final works of art to the stage and share his artistry with the community, in particular, with children and families. We dedicate the performances of The Abominables to Michael Friedman. Click here for more information about The Abominables.

About Michael Friedman
Michael Friedman’s musicals include: The Abominables; Unknown Soldier, The Fortress of Solitude; Love’s Labour’s Lost; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and many works with the company The Civilians. He was The Barron Visiting Professor at the Princeton Environmental Institute and artist-in-residence at Spring Workshop Hong Kong. An evening of his songs was featured in Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series and he received an OBIE Award for sustained achievement. His series of songs about the 2016 elections can be heard on the New Yorker Radio Hour on WNYC. He was currently Artistic Director of City Center Encores! Off-Center and Artist in Residence and Director of the Public Forum at the Public Theater.


Press Coverage of Michael Friedman’s Legacy

Star Tribune: Composer and Lyricist of new CTC play, Obie winner Michael Friedman dies at 41
Pioneer Press: AP Wire: Composer of Children’s Theatre hockey musical dies days before opening
New York Times: Michael Friedman, Co-Creator of “Bloody Bloody AJ” dies at 41
New York Times: Michael Friedman, a Man of Many Voices and a Gift of Prophecy
Broadway World: Children's Theatre Company Releases Statement on Michael Friedman; His New Musical THE ABOMINABLES to Premiere 9/15
The New Yorker: Remembering Michael Friedman
Variety: Michael Friedman, ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’ Composer and Lyricist, Dies at 41

Michael Friedman speaking to the creative process for The Abominables.

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