Maria Friedman & Friends–Legacy, celebrating the talents of late composers Marvin Hamlisch, Michel Legrand, and Stephen Sondheim, has extended its limited engagement at London's Menier Chocolate Factory. The production, which began previews March 3 and officially opens March 8, was originally scheduled to end March 20. Performances will now continue through April 17.
The extension follows the recent announcement that Friedman will direct Daniel Radcliffe in Merrily We Roll Along at New York Theatre Workshop this fall, a production based on her award-winning 2013 staging at the Menier.
Friedman is joined onstage in Legacy by Matthew White, Ian McLarnon, Alfie Friedman, and Desmonda Cathabel, as well as a choir from the Royal Academy of Music. Musical director Theo Jamieson is featured on piano with Paul Moylan on double bass and James Powell on percussion.
Friedman, who performed with each of the late, award-winning composers multiple times, said in an earlier statement, "This event was brought about by a desire to sing, to share and to join together in celebration of some of the greatest composers of our time. These past two years have starved us of the connection and depth of emotion that brilliant music and song can evoke—and we want to bring that back in the beautifully intimate space at the Menier, and enable audiences to revel in the legacy of my much missed friends, these extraordinary artists—Hamlisch, Legrand, and Sondheim.”
Attendees can expect to hear such tunes as "Broadway Baby," "Send in the Clowns," "A Piece of Sky," "At the Ballet," and "Nothing."
Friedman is a three-time Olivier winner for Maria Friedman By Special Arrangement at the Donmar Warehouse (1995), Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Fosca in the West End production of Sondheim's Passion (1996), and for her role as Mother in Ragtime (2003).
The Menier Chocolate Factory, in association with Sonia Friedman Productions, produces.