Sonia Friedman
Emilio Madrid-Kuser
United Kingdom
2020

Sonia Friedman Productions

Sonia
Friedman

Producer

At the start of 2020, Friedman had 18 productions around the world — including multiple stagings of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and “The Book of Mormon,” Tom Stoppard’s new play “Leopoldstadt” in London and Matthew Lopez’s “The Inheritance” on Broadway — as well as 10 in active development. That all came to a screeching halt with the pandemic shutdown in March. Making the best of a bad situation, she reassembled the cast of her revival of “Uncle Vanya” to make a filmed version for BBC Four and announced a socially distanced production of new comedy “The Comeback” to play the West End over Christmas. She also lobbied the U.K. government to secure a £1.57 billion emergency support package for the arts.

Career

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Parts One and Two)
  • The Book of Mormon
  • Jerusalem

Education

  • University of London (UK)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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'The Comeback' Review: London's New Heartwarming Hit, Stopped in Its Tracks by Theater Closure

'The Comeback' Review: London's New Heartwarming Hit, Stopped in Its Tracks by Theater Closure

A Hollywood director unexpectedly pops into an English regional theater to see a show. The actors get wind of his presence, thereby unleashing a chaotic, show-stealing performance of one-upmanship. That was Ken Russell’s framing device when he famously turned Sandy Wilson’s sweet but archaic musical comedy “The Boy Friend” into a fitfully inspired, often wildly self-indulgent 1971 MGM movie musical. It’s also the plot of the new West End play “The Comeback" -- but the similarities end there between Russell’s...

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