GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS announced that Unknown Soldier: Original Cast Recording – one of the final scores of the beloved Obie Award winning songwriter Michael friedman – will be released digitally and in streaming on Friday, September 24, which would have been Friedman’s 46th birthday. Unknown Soldier presents the music of Michael friedman; words of Michael friedman and Daniel Goldstein; and book by Daniel Goldstein. The original stage production was directed by Cullman Trip. The album is produced by Dean Sharenow, and co-produced by Daniel Goldstein, with Hunter Arnold, Civilians, and Kurt Deutsch at the service of executive producers. It presents the cast of Playwrights Horizons’ New York Premiere of the musical and orchestrations by Michael friedman and music supervisor Marco paguia, and is directed by the musical director Julie mcbride. To pre-record the album, please visit
Unknown Soldier is an elegiac musical comedy about a woman’s journey to uncover secrets buried in her family’s past. Beginning as Ellen Rabinowitz discovers a mysterious photograph of an anonymous soldier, hidden in a keepsake box while cleaning up her grandmother’s house. Spanning three generations, the series unravel a delicate tangle of family traditions, as Ellen continues the extraordinary story that opens her story and charts her future.
“It was so exciting to revisit our musical, Unknown Soldier, as we got together for two days to record our distribution album,” said the co-creator. Daniel Goldstein. “We opened the show at Playwrights Horizons on a Monday, had our next and last performance on Wednesday, and then the theater world closed for over a year and a half, due to the global pandemic. Although we didn’t. couldn’t finish our run or reopen now that the theater bravely returns, the musical endures in this nearly complete recording of the show. It’s the most lush, romantic, and lyrical of all of Michael’s scores, and the recording tells beautifully about it. The story of the show. We recorded the show all together, musicians and actors, rather than musicians one day and actors the next. We got together and made music together, and the humanity of the record shines through in every note. “
“Unknown Soldier was the last musical I saw before the theater closed,” says label founder Kurt Deutsch. “The situation is bittersweet, not only because this will be Ghostlight’s first album released now that the shows are returning, but also because the day of release is Michael’s birthday. It’s his most mature sheet music. , but that’s really all Michael. He was a musical theater treasure and I miss him, but his unrivaled work and immense legacy lives on. “
The New York Times hailed the show “a thoughtful, historic portrayal of elusive identities that celebrates the desire to fully know people – in the present and in the past.” It has been called “a fascinating story, amplified by some of Friedman’s most romantic melodies” by The Wrap. According to the New York Stage Review, “Friedman’s music is warm and melancholy, and his lyrics and Goldstein’s are witty and wise. The songs are deep.” Theater Pizzazz praised “Friedman’s uncanny ease in writing wonderful songs in such a wide variety of styles.”
Unknown Soldier premiered in New York at Playwrights Horizons, from February 14 to March 11, 2020, when it was shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic. The show made its world premiere at Williamstown Theater Festival, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 2015. Both productions were produced by Cullman Trip.
The feature cast of Unknown Soldier Kerstin Anderson, James crichton, Zoe Glick, Emilie Kouatchou, Erik Lochtefeld, Jay mckenzie, Jessica namy, Estelle Parsons, Margo Seibert, Thom sesma, and Perry sherman. The group includes the musical director and the conductor Julie mcbride at the piano, Hiroko taguchi on the violin, Deborah Assael on the cello, Ben Kono on reeds, Mike Thurber on bass, Mike Dobson percussion, and Jim Hershman on the guitar.
The Unknown Soldier’s casting album is part of The Michael friedman Collection, a long-term project that will eventually include the first recordings of nine new musicals, in addition to previous acclaimed Ghostlight albums from Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Fortress of Solitude, Love’s Labor’s Lost and Pretty Sale. The Michael friedman Collection is made possible by the generous donors of the Michael friedman Legacy Fund, Civilians, and by the artistic contributions of its many collaborators. More information on www.TheMichaelFriedmanCollection.com
LIST OF TRACKS “UNKNOWN SOLDIER: ORIGINAL REGISTRATION”
1. The great war
2. The worst city in New York
3. It’s a…
4. The first time
5. Where in the world
6. People are watching
7. A husband takes care of things
8. The worst town (Resumption)
ten. You ask yourself
11. André’s story
12. The song of memory
13. I give children
14. The clock
16. The end