This Week on Broadway for June 21, 2015: Michael Friedman and The Fortress of Solitude


James Marino talks with Michael Friedman, the writer of The Fortress of Solitude, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and Love’s Labour’s Lost. Peter Filichia and Michael Portantiere join in to review The Tempest in Central Park, Doctor Faustus @ Classic Stage Company, Office Politics, Atlantic Theater Company’s Guards at the Taj, and Masterworks Theater Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.



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Guest: Michael Friedman


The Fortress of Solitude @ Sh-K-Boom

THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE is based on the national best-selling novel of the same name by Jonathan Lethem, with a book by Itamar Moses, music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, and conceived and directed by Daniel Aukin. Time Out New York raved, “Michael Friedman’s score draws excitingly on period sounds” and according to The New York Times, “the score flows in undulating rivers of soul, funk, punk and rap.”

Friedman is also writer of the musicals Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Love’s Labour’s Lost, also produced at The Public Theater and available from Ghostlight Records. THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE has orchestrations by John Clancy, with additional orchestrations by Matt Beck. The 24-track, 70-minute recording was produced by Dean Sharenow and Kurt Deutsch.

THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, a co-production with Dallas Theater Center, is the extraordinary coming-of-age story about 1970s Brooklyn and beyond — of black and white, soul and rap, block parties and blackouts, friendship and betrayal, comic books and 45s. And the story of what would happen if two teenagers obsessed with superheroes believed that maybe, just maybe, they could fly.



PF + MP: The Tempest @ The Delacorte Theater in Central Park, through July 5, 2015

PF + JM: Doctor Faustus @ Classic Stage Company, through July 12, 2015

Zach Grenier

Michael: DC report

Tartuffe @ Shakespeare Theater

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead @ Folger Theater

Cabaret @ Signature


Peter: Boston report

Guys and Dolls @ Goodspeed

How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying @ The Stoneham Theater (MA)

Dreamgirls @ North Shore Music Theatre (MA)


MP: Office Politics @ June Havoc Theater, 312 W. 36th street

MR: Gloria @ Vineyard Theatre, through July 3, 2015

PF: Guards at the Taj @ Atlantic Theater Company, Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th Street, through July 12, 2015

PF: Masterworks Theater Company (Eric Krebs) production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 304 West 47th Street, through June 28, 2015











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