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The New Yorker Radio Hour: The State of the Union Songbook Live

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Jeremy Pope performs in composer Michael Friedman's State of the Union Songbook live in The Greene Space (Screenshot)

The campaign playing out in the political world may seem like theatre — part drama, part comedy — but Michael Friedman wants to make it a musical.

Friedman, who wrote the music and lyrics to “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson,” has been following the primaries, interviewing voters, and making songs out of the transcripts. The result is a series of musical snapshots that capture how people are thinking about politics in 2016.

The New Yorker Radio Hour presented a selection of Friedman's work – including a world premieres – live in The Greene Space with performances by Kristolyn Lloyd and Jeremy Pope. Hosted by The New Yorker’s Sarah Larson.

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Comments [2]

Donatella from Corona, CA

Michael Friedman is the musical theatre artist that we need. Thank you for having black performers sing as the black interviewees.

Nov. 10 2016 09:47 PM

For anyone interested, the painting mentioned in one of the songs is "The Last Moments of John Brown" by Thomas Hovenden, Painted 1882-84.

Nov. 05 2016 02:53 PM

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