By Mervyn Rothstein
07 Jul 2014
|Photo by Jason Alden|
"Theatre was in my DNA," producer Sonia Friedman says. "I grew up in a very theatrical-musical household. It wasn't really a choice. It was just inevitable."
Friedman, 49, is among the most successful producers in London and on Broadway. Recent New York hits include Twelfth Night/Richard III, Jerusalem, La Cage aux Folles, Boeing-Boeing and The Book of Mormon. Six shows for which she has served as a producer have won Tony Awards as season's best.
Friedman was raised in London, daughter of a pianist and a violinist. "From my earliest years, we as a family created stories and music at home. I remember thinking of stories to tell with milk bottles."
She thought she'd be a singer or cellist. "But my older sister [Olivier winner Maria Friedman] became the singer. The cello, I discovered by age 12 or 13, was not something I would excel in."
At 13 she went backstage to see Maria perform. "By the end of the show I'd fallen in love with the mechanics of putting on a show. I realized I wanted to work not onstage, but offstage."Continued...