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This show closed on March 11, 2020

About Unknown Soldier


Sometimes you see a picture / Or hear a song / Or read a letter / And a person that’s forgotten comes alive for a moment. / They can tell you a story.

Cleaning out her grandmother’s home, Ellen Rabinowitz discovers a mysterious photograph of an anonymous soldier, tucked away in a box of keepsakes. And so begins Daniel Goldstein and Michael Friedman’s sweeping, elegiac musical about a woman’s journey to unearth the secrets buried in her family’s past. Spanning three generations, "Unknown Soldier" unravels a delicate tangle of family lore, as Ellen chases the extraordinary story that unlocks her history — and charts her future.

Book and Lyrics by Daniel Goldstein

Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman

Directed by Trip Cullman

Choreographed by Patrick McCollum

"A thoughtful, history-spanning portrait of elusive identities that celebrates the urge to fully know people -- in the present and the past."

--Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"A heartfelt and original chamber musical."

--Thom Geier, The Wrap

Run Time

90 minutes, no intermission

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Recommended for ages 8 and up due to some strong language.

Playwrights Horizons - MainStage Theater

416 West 42 Street, New York, NY 10036

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