In part-two of our "London Road" series, composer Michael Friedman interviews Tony-winner Adam Cork about his score for the verbatim film musical, which he wrote with Alecky Blythe and stars Tom Hardy.
Michael'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. With the Civilians, he has also written music and lyrics for “Canard Canard Goose,” “Gone Missing,” “Nobody’s Lunch,” “This Beautiful City,” “In the Footprint” and “The Great Immensity,” and music for Anne Washburn's “Mr. Burns.” With Steve Cosson, he is the co‐author of “Paris Commune” (BAM Next Wave Festival). Friedman has been a MacDowell Fellow, a Princeton Hodder Fellow, a Meet The Composer Fellow and a Barron Visiting Professor at the Princeton Environmental Institute. His TedX talk, “The Song Makes a Space,” can be seen on YouTube. An evening of his songs was featured at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook, and “The New Yorker Radio Hour” on WNYC features his songs about the 2016 election. He is artist in residence and director of the Public Forum at the Public Theater, and received an Obie Award for sustained achievement.
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