Max Friedman is a New York City based director of theater, concerts, and cabaret. He most recently staged the premiere of the new the musical sketch comedy show Noel & Julia's Wayward Brainchildren at Joe's Pub. He also recently directed the premiere of the new musical Midnight at The Never Get by Mark Sonnenblick at the beloved midtown cabaret institution Don’t Tell Mama and in it's subsequent run at 42West as part of the 2016 New York Musicals Festival. For his work on Midnight at The Never Get, Max was is the recipient of a 2017 Bistro Award.
Friedman directs the recurring Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band concert series which frequently plays before sold-out audiences at Broadway supper club Feinstein's/ 54 Below. Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band, which Friedman also co-produces, was nominated for a 2016 MAC Award for Show of the Year.
Also at Feinstein’s/ 54 Below, Max has directed Broadway comedienne Julia Mattison's acclaimed one-woman show Ruby Manger Live: The Farewell Engagement, a concert of The Worst People You Know by Natalie Tenenbaum & Kevin Wanzor, and an evening of new work by composer-lyricist Zack Zadek. He also previously collaborated with the prolific singer-songwriter Andrew McMahon of Something Corporate & Jack’s Mannequin on Made for Each Other, a theatrical benefit concert for the Dear Jack Foundation. Max will return to 54 Below this spring to helm a concert presentation of Paul Jabara's infamous 1973 Broadway musical Rachael Lily Rosenbloom... and don't you ever forget it, which marks the first staging of the show since it closed in previews.
Other NYC directing include the multimedia revue The Bluest Ink, which he conceived to feature Charlie Rosen's re-imagined contemporary jazz arrangements of the music of Stephen Sondheim at downtown art space (le) poisson rouge, workshops of Songs For Slutty Girls by Kailey Marshall at Don't Tell Mama & Pace University, Song Moments: Daniel Maté in Concert at The Signature Theatre Studio as part of NYMF 2013, the multimedia concerts They Say I'm Different starring Ariana DeBose & I Could Use A Drink by Drew Gasparini at Joe's Pub, and a sold-out concert staging of 6 by Zack Zadek as part of NYMF 2012. Max has also staged two 4x15 presentations for Musical Theatre Factory, where he is a proud founding member.
Regionally, Max most recently served as the Associate Director for Ogunquit Playhouse's production of Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (dir. BT McNicholl). Previously, he helmed the New Jersey premiere of Murder Ballad by Julia Jordan & Juliana Nash as an environmental production at an Irish Pub in Hoboken for Vagabond Theatre Company. Previously, he received a 2013 Carbonell Award Nomination for Best Director (Musical) for his work on the premiere production of the song cycle The Longing and The Short of It by Daniel Maté at Theater Arts Garage in Delray Beach, Florida.
As an assistant director, credits include Ryan Scott Oliver & Hunter Foster's Jasper In Deadland for Prospect Theater Company (dir. Brandon Ivie), The Other Josh Cohen at Soho Playhouse (dir. Ted Sperling), Sam Salmond’s Uncool The Party at Musical Theater Factory (dir. Ashley Rodbro), and many projects with Joe Iconis and Family including Things To Ruin, Bloodsong of Love, and The Annual Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular (dir. John Simpkins). Max has also worked with legendary directors including Christopher Ashley, Scott Ellis, Sheryl Kaller, and Lonny Price on presentations of musicals in development.
As the Associate Director of Programming at Don't Tell Mama, he has conceived and directed over a dozen original cabaret pieces targeted towards millennial audiences including [Alexander Sage] Oyen Sings Oyen, LoserSongs: An Evening With Will Roland, Zack Zadek Loves Katy Perry, and Wasted Tunes: The Songs of Mark Sonnenblick. He has most recently utilized this residence at DTM to helm a series of developmental presentations of new musicals including Songs For Slutty Girls by Kailey Marshall, The Showmen by Noel Carey & Ryan McGovern, Leech by Kelly McIntyre, and Midnight at The Never Get by Mark Sonnenblick & Sam Bolen.