Three-time Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman talks to Edward Seckerson about her first solo album for 12 years – The Great British Songbook.
She talks about digging deep to unearth a repertoire she thought she knew but discovered she really didn’t. She talks about the songs she chose and why – really important for this most motivational of artists – and the songs (and composers) she had to leave out. She extols the virtues of Gilbert O’Sullivan and The Beatles and tells us what she thinks “Norwegian Wood” is all about. An arsonist? She sings Noel Coward’s praises and shares some thoughts as to why “If Love Were All” is such a great song. She also talks about “community spirit” and why that’s important to her. Maria has pretty much turned her back on the “8 shows a week” life of musical theatre but we could be seeing a lot more of her. And she will be reprising her Mrs. Lovett in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd with Bryn Terfel…..