When the composer/lyricist Michael Friedman died, in 2017, at age 41, he left behind a trove of musicals, some more finished than others. His biggest hit, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, brought a blazing emo rock intensity to the Battle of New Orleans. Conversely, Playwrights Horizons’ new staging of Unknown Soldier brings recitative and forlorn ballads to World War One.
Playwrights Horizons continues its 2019-2020 Off-Broadway Season with the New York premiere of Unknown Soldier, featuring a book & lyrics by Daniel Goldstein, music & lyrics by Michael Friedman and directed by Trip Cullman.
Performances are staged at the Mainstage Theater at Playwrights Horizons.
(Photos by Joan Marcus)
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Cleaning out her grandmother’s home, Ellen Rabinowitz discovers a mysterious photograph of an anonymous soldier, tucked away in a box of keepsakes. And so begins Daniel Goldstein and Michael Friedman’s sweeping, elegiac musical about a woman’s journey to unearth the secrets buried in her family’s past. Spanning three generations, Unknown Soldier unravels a delicate tangle of family lore, as Ellen chases the extraordinary story that unlocks her history — and charts her future.