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Maria Friedman

 
Bio:
Maria Friedman is an English actress and director of stage and screen, best known for her work in musical theatre. She is an Eight-time Olivier Award nominee, winning three. Her first win was for her 1994 one-woman show, By Special Arrangement. She has also twice won Best Actress in a Musical for ... (read complete bio)
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Bio:
Maria Friedman is an English actress and director of stage and screen, best known for her work in musical theatre. She is an Eight-time Olivier Award nominee, winning three. Her first win was for her 1994 one-woman show, By Special Arrangement. She has also twice won Best Actress in a Musical for ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [West End]
London Production, 2022
  [West End]
West End Revival, 2019
Golde [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Production, 2005
Marian Halcombe
  [West End]
Original London Production, 2004
Marian Holcombe
  [West End]
London Revival, 2003
Mother
  [West End]
Original London Production, 2000
Sukie
  [West End]
London Concert, 1997
Fosca
  [West End]
Royal National Theatre Production, 1997
Liza Elliott
  [West End]
London Revival, 1996
Fosca
  [Regional (UK)]
Regional Production, 1992
Mary
  [West End]
London Revival, 1990
Dot (Act One)
Marie (Act Two)
  [London Fringe]
Original London Production, 1989
Performer
  [West End]
London Revival, 1987
Performer
  [West End]
Original London Production, 1987
Performer
  [West End]
London Revival, 1980
Doris

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2022]
Director
 
[West End, 2022]
DIRECTOR
 
[West End, 2017] [Replacement]
Director[Replacement]
 
[West End, 2012]
Director

 

Stage

Performances
  [West End]
London Production, 2022

  [West End]
West End Revival, 2019
Golde [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Broadway Production, 2005
Marian Halcombe

  [West End]
Original London Production, 2004
Marian Holcombe

  [West End]
London Revival, 2003
Mother

  [West End]
Original London Production, 2000
Sukie

  [West End]
London Concert, 1997
Fosca

  [West End]
Royal National Theatre Production, 1997
Liza Elliott

  [West End]
London Revival, 1996
Fosca

  [Regional (UK)]
Regional Production, 1992
Mary

  [West End]
London Revival, 1990
Dot (Act One)

Marie (Act Two)

  [London Fringe]
Original London Production, 1989
Performer

  [West End]
London Revival, 1987
Performer

  [West End]
Original London Production, 1987
Performer

  [West End]
London Revival, 1980
Doris

Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2022]
Director

[West End, 2022]
DIRECTOR

[West End, 2017] [Replacement]
Director[Replacement]

[West End, 2012]
Director

Maria Friedman Biography

Maria Friedman is an English actress and director of stage and screen, best known for her work in musical theatre. She is an Eight-time Olivier Award nominee, winning three. Her first win was for her 1994 one-woman show, By Special Arrangement. She has also twice won Best Actress in a Musical for the original London productions of Passion and Ragtime. She is more recently known for her role as Elaine Peacock in EastEnders. She also made an appearance as the narrator in the 1999 straight to video version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Maria Friedman Awards and Nominations

 
Olivier Awards - 2014 - Best Director
Maria FriedmanMerrily We Roll Along
 
Theatre World Awards - 2006 - Performance Gold Star
Maria Friedman, The Woman in White
 
Olivier Awards - 2005 - Best Actress in a Musical
Maria Friedman, The Woman In White
 
Olivier Awards - 2004 - Best Actress in a Musical Gold Star
Maria Friedman, Ragtime
 
Olivier Awards - 1999 - Best Actress in a Musical
Maria Friedman, Chicago
 
Olivier Awards - 1998 - Best Actress in a Musical
Maria Friedman, Lady In The Dark
 
Olivier Awards - 1997 - Best Actress in a Musical Gold Star
Maria Friedman, Passion
 
Olivier Awards - 1995 - Best Entertainment Gold Star
Maria Friedman
 
Olivier Awards - 1991 - Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical
Maria Friedman, Sunday In The Park With George

Maria Friedman News

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Starring Radcliffe, Groff & Mendez Announces TodayTix Lottery & Photo MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Starring Radcliffe, Groff & Mendez Announces TodayTix Lottery & Two-Week Extension
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 14, 2022

New York Theatre Workshop has announced details for the Merrily We Roll Along CHEAPTIX Digital Lottery and, due to popular demand during the priority access period for NYTW members and Repeat Defenders, an additional two weeks of performances.

Cast Announced For FROM HERE TO ETERNITY at Charing Cross Theatre Photo Cast Announced For FROM HERE TO ETERNITY at Charing Cross Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Sep 14, 2022

The full cast has been announcedfor the brand new production of Tim Rice and Stuart Brayson's epic musical 'From Here To Eternity', with casting by Jane Deitch.

Interview: Maria Friedman of MARIA FRIEDMAN IN CONCERT at The Palace Theater For Orch Photo Interview: Maria Friedman of MARIA FRIEDMAN IN CONCERT at The Palace Theater For Orchestra Lumos, Stamford CT.
by Stephen Mosher - Sep 8, 2022

Bringing a new version of her hit show LEGACY to the States, Maria Friedman will play Stamford Connecticut in a gala performance for the Orchestra Lumos.

FANE Passes on the Programming Baton of London's Crazy Coqs Photo FANE Passes on the Programming Baton of London's Crazy Coqs
by Stephi Wild - Sep 8, 2022

Fane, the independent programmer of Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zédel in Piccadilly, has announced that after six very happy years programming the venue, they will be passing on the programming baton at the end of 2022.

AN EVENING WITH MARIA FRIEDMAN Comes to the Palace Theatre Next Month Photo AN EVENING WITH MARIA FRIEDMAN Comes to the Palace Theatre Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Aug 30, 2022

The acclaimed eight-time Olivier Award nominee Maria Friedman is the headliner of this season's Orchestra Lumos (formerly the Stamford Symphony) Gala on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 7:30pm at the Palace Theatre.

VIDEO: Liv Andrusier and Yuki Sutton Perform 'Everybody Loves A Lie' From RIDE the Mu Photo VIDEO: Liv Andrusier and Yuki Sutton Perform 'Everybody Loves A Lie' From RIDE the Musical
by Stephi Wild - Aug 26, 2022

An all new song and video 'Everybody Loves A Lie' has been released from the world premiere of 'RIDE' the musical. RIDE is now previewing at Charing Cross Theatre, where it runs to 17 September. Check out the video here!

Cast Announced For THE BAND'S VISIT at Donmar Warehouse Photo Cast Announced For THE BAND'S VISIT at Donmar Warehouse
by Stephi Wild - Aug 22, 2022

The Donmar Warehouse has announced the cast for the European première of David Yazbek and Itamar Moses' multi-Tony award-winning musical The Band's Visit, directed in a new production by Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director Michael Longhurst.Cast and onstage band: Alon Moni Aboutboul, Sharif Afifi, Jason Alder, Marc Antolin, Harel Glazer, Levi Goldmeier, Ido Gonen, Michal Horowicz, Emma Kingston, Shira Kravitz, Nitai Levi, Yali Topol Margalith, Ashley Margolis, Carlos Mendoza de Hevia, Miri Mesika, Peter Polycarpou, Ant Romero, Idlir Shyti, Maya Kristal Tenenbaum, Sargon Yelda, Baha Yetkin.

VIDEO: First Listen to Liv Andrusier Performing the Title Song From New Musical RIDE Photo VIDEO: First Listen to Liv Andrusier Performing the Title Song From New Musical RIDE
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Aug 19, 2022

First Listen to Liv Andrusier singing the title track from the new musical Ride. Check out the full video!

Jonathan Groff and Lindsay Mendez Join Daniel Radcliffe in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at N Photo Jonathan Groff and Lindsay Mendez Join Daniel Radcliffe in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at New York Theatre Workshop
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 17, 2022

Jonathan Groff will star as ‚ÄúFranklin‚ÄĚ and Lindsay Mendez will star as ‚ÄúMary‚ÄĚ in Merrily We Roll Along at¬†New York Theatre Workshop. Merrily We Roll Along features music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by George Furth. They join the previously announced Daniel Radcliffe, who will star as ‚ÄúCharley‚ÄĚ.

DRAG RACE Star Miz Cracker Will Lead the European Premiere of WHO'S HOLIDAY This Chri Photo DRAG RACE Star Miz Cracker Will Lead the European Premiere of WHO'S HOLIDAY This Christmas
by Stephi Wild - Aug 12, 2022

Drag Race US icon Miz Cracker will star in the European debut of WHO'S HOLIDAY by Matthew Lombardo, a wildly funny and heartfelt adults-only comedy based on the Dr Seuss classic festive tale The Grinch, that enjoyed a critically acclaimed run off Broadway in 2017.

Maria Friedman Videos

VIDEO: Liv Andrusier and Yuki Sutton Perform 'Everybody Loves A Lie' From RIDE the Mu VideoVIDEO: Liv Andrusier and Yuki Sutton Perform 'Everybody Loves A Lie' From RIDE the Musical
by Stephi Wild - Aug 26, 2022

An all new song and video 'Everybody Loves A Lie' has been released from the world premiere of 'RIDE' the musical. RIDE is now previewing at Charing Cross Theatre, where it runs to 17 September. Check out the video here!

VIDEO: Watch Highlights from OLD FRIENDS, Celebrating Stephen Sondheim! VideoVIDEO: Watch Highlights from OLD FRIENDS, Celebrating Stephen Sondheim!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 4, 2022

An all-star cast came together in London's West End for a thrilling, joyous celebration of the extraordinary talents and legacy of composer & lyricist Stephen Sondheim at the theatre which was gloriously rebuilt and renamed in his honor. Watch video highlights now including performances of 'Being Alive,' 'Old Friends' and 'Our Time' below!

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals for SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Starring Michael Ball, Hannah  VideoVIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals for SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Starring Michael Ball, Hannah Waddingham, Judi Dench & More
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 27, 2022

Cameron Mackintosh has invited Stephen Sondheim’s old friends to join him in celebrating his extraordinary talents and legacy at the Sondheim Theatre which was recently gloriously rebuilt in Sondheim’s honour and thanks the cast and company and everyone involved for agreeing to a special screening which will allow over 2,500 to see the performance.

BWW Exclusive: Listen to Julia McKenzie Sing 'A Parade In Town' from ANYONE CAN WHIST VideoBWW Exclusive: Listen to Julia McKenzie Sing 'A Parade In Town' from ANYONE CAN WHISTLE Cast Recording; Now Available for Pre-Order!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 18, 2020

17 years after being recorded, Jay Records will release the cast recording for Anyone Can Whistle on December 4. This is the first 'complete' recording of the musical, which includes all songs, dances, overtures, entr'acte and underscoring. Pre-order today!

VIDEO: Watch 'Opening Doors' from Huntington's Starry MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG VideoVIDEO: Watch 'Opening Doors' from Huntington's Starry MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2017

The Huntington Theatre Company opens its 2017-2018 season with the legendary musical Merrily We Roll Along by Stephen Sondheim. Director Maria Friedman recreates her critically celebrated West End production for Boston audiences. Performances run now through October 15, 2017 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre. Watch the cast sing 'Opening Doors' in the video below!

VIDEO: Watch Eden Espinosa and More Sing 'Now You Know' from MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at VideoVIDEO: Watch Eden Espinosa and More Sing 'Now You Know' from MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at Huntington
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2017

The Huntington Theatre Company opens its 2017-2018 season with the legendary musical Merrily We Roll Along by Stephen Sondheim. Director Maria Friedman recreates her critically celebrated West End production for Boston audiences. Performances run now through October 15, 2017 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre. Watch the cast sing 'Now You Know' in the video below!

BWW TV: Maria Friedman, Andrea McArdle, Lee Roy Reams and Winifred Sanderson (?) Prev VideoBWW TV: Maria Friedman, Andrea McArdle, Lee Roy Reams and Winifred Sanderson (?) Preview Their Fall Shows at Feinstein's/54 Below!
by TV - Press Previews - Sep 24, 2017

Little orphan Annie, a Brit, a tapper and a witch walk into a bar... Earlier this week, Tony nominee Maria Friedman (Lenny & Steve: September 19-23); Jay Armstrong Johnson (Not So Scary Halloween Party: October 31); Tony nominee Andrea McArdle (An Evening with Andrea McArdle: October 10-14); and Tony nominee Lee Roy Reams (Celebrating 42nd Street: October 6-7) stopped by Feinstein's/54 Below to preview their upcoming shows.

BWW Exclusive Video: First Look at Eden Espinosa and Cast of Huntington's MERRILY WE  VideoBWW Exclusive Video: First Look at Eden Espinosa and Cast of Huntington's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 15, 2017

The Huntington Theatre Company opened its 2017-2018 season with the legendary musical Merrily We Roll Along by Stephen Sondheim. Director Maria Friedman recreates her critically celebrated West End production for Boston audiences. Performances run now through October 15, 2017 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre.

VIDEO: Step Inside Rehearsals for MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at Huntington VideoVIDEO: Step Inside Rehearsals for MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at Huntington
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

The Huntington Theatre Company will open its 2017-2018 season with the legendary musical Merrily We Roll Along by Stephen Sondheim. Director Maria Friedman will recreate her critically celebrated West End production for Boston audiences. Performances run now through October 15, 2017 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre. Step inside the rehearsal room with the cast and creative team in the video below!

VIDEO: Michael Rouse Sings 'You Got Me' from SUPERHERO at Southwark; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2017

Michael Rouse stars in the world premiere of the one-man musical, SUPERHERO, which is the first musical to play in Southwark Playhouse's Little space. Below, watch Rouse sing 'You Got Me' from the show!


Maria Friedman Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Maria Friedman been in?
Maria Friedman has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has Maria Friedman been in?
Maria Friedman has appeared on London's West End in 13 shows.

What was Maria Friedman's first West End show?
Maria Friedman's first West End show was Oklahoma! which opened in 1980

What awards has Maria Friedman been nominated for?
Best Director (Olivier Awards) for Merrily We Roll Along , Performance (Theatre World Awards) for The Woman in White , Best Actress in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for The Woman In White , Best Actress in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Ragtime , Best Actress in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Chicago , Best Actress in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Lady In The Dark , Best Actress in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Passion Best Entertainment (Olivier Awards) and Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Sunday In The Park With George .

What awards has Maria Friedman won?
Performance (Theatre World Awards) for The Woman in White, Best Actress in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Ragtime Best Actress in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Passion and Best Entertainment (Olivier Awards).