Composer and lyricist Michael Friedman has died at 41 years old due to HIV/AIDS related complications, according to broadwayworld.com.
Friedman won the Obie Award for “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” a comedic historical rock musical about the founding of the Democratic Party.
Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar in a statement said “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.”
Alongside his writing, he served as Encores! Off-Center Artistic Director at New York City Center, co-founder of The Civilians and artist-in-residence and director of Public Forum at The Public Theater.
Michael Friedman’s recent credits include the musicals Unknown Soldier, Pretty Filthy, The Fortress of Solitude, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, the last of which premiered at The Public Theater before transferring to Broadway.