Maria Friedman

Biography: Maria won an Olivier Award for her one-woman show Maria Friedman - by Special Arrangement, Donmar Warehouse and, after the birth of her first son Toby, she returned to the West End with her second one-woman show Maria Friedman - By Extra Special Arrangement, Whitehall Theatre, from which her solo album Maria Friedman was produced.

A second Olivier Award followed for Best Actress as Fosca in Stephen Sondheim's Passion, Queen's Theatre, and a third Olivier award followed that in 2004 for her performance as ‘Mother' in the West End premier of Ragtime. Her performance as Liza Elliot in Lady in the Dark, Royal National Theatre, earned an Evening Standard Award as well as an Olivier Award nomination. Maria performs in concert halls all over the world and frequently appears with Britain's leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and London Symphony, and has recently performed at the Proms in a concert with the Matrix Ensemble. Maria also starred in the
Maria won an Olivier Award for her one-woman show Maria Friedman - by Special Arrangement, Donmar Warehouse and, after the birth of her first son Toby, she returned to the West End with her second one-woman show Maria Friedman - By Extra Special Arrangement, Whitehall Theatre, from which her solo album Maria Friedman was produced.

A second Olivier Award followed for Best Actress as Fosca in Stephen Sondheim's Passion, Queen's Theatre, and a third Olivier award followed that in 2004 for her performance as ‘Mother' in the West End premier of Ragtime.
Her performance as Liza Elliot in Lady in the Dark, Royal National Theatre, earned an Evening Standard Award as well as an Olivier Award nomination. Maria performs in concert halls all over the world and frequently appears with Britain's leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and London Symphony, and has recently performed at the Proms in a concert with the Matrix Ensemble. Maria also starred in the 2002 Last Night of the Proms in the Park.

In addition to her 2 solo albums, Maria's recordings include: Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along; Anyone Can Whistle; A Little Night Music; Cabaret, Off the Wall by Don Black; Body Works by Richard Stilgoe, as well as the cast recordings of Witches of Eastwick; Lady in the Dark; Blues in the Night and Stephen Sondheim's Passion. In addition she is featured on Andrew Lloyd Webber's Essentials album, and is just about to release a live concert recording of her new one-woman show – Maria Friedman Live.

Maria's work for the stage includes: Blues in the Night, Piccadilly Theatre and Donmar Warehouse; April in Paris, Ambassadors Theatre; Hayyah in Ghetto, and Sunday in the Park with George, which won an Olivier Award for Best Musical and for which she gained her first nomination for Best Actress, both Royal National Theatre; Break of Day, Royal Court and tour, and Square Rounds, Royal National Theatre.

Her work for television includes: Trish Baynes in Casualty, In Deep and Red Dwarf all for BBC; Frank Stubbs Promotes, Carlton; Orlando, BBC2 and Tony Harrison's Black Daisies for the Bride, BBC.

Most recently, Maria starred in the West End as Roxie (Olivier nomination) in Chicago, Adelphi, and as Sukie in The Witches of Eastwick, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and as the Narrator in the film video of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat which won the Silver Rose in Music at the Rose d'Or Montreux Festival.
Maria's one-woman show had it's New York debut in 2003, with a second stint at the very deluxe Café Carlyle in 2004. Her recent album, Maria Friedman LIVE, was released in April 2004.
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