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The Cradle Will Rock

 



A Brechtian allegory of corruption and corporate greed that follows the efforts of a laborer to unionize local workers and combat a wicked, greedy businessman who controls the town.

From the producers: In Steeltown, USA, laborer Larry Foreman struggles to unionize fellow steel workers against mounting attacks from a greedy industrialist, who uses his power to influence nearly everyone else in town. Marc Blitzstein’s play in music, created through the Federal Theater Project, was famously shut down on the eve of opening night by federal authorities fearing its pro-labor stance.

Originally a part of the Federal Theatre Project, the 1937 premiere of Marc Blitzstein’s "The Cradle Will Rock," directed by Orson Welles, was temporarily shut down by the Works Progress Administration on the eve of its opening night on Broadway. To avoid government and union restrictions, the show was performed on June 16, 1937 with Blitzstein playing piano onstage and the cast members singing their parts from the audience.

The Depression-era indictment of rampant capitalism told almost entirely in song features Ken Barnett, Eddie Cooper, Benjamin Eakeley, Tony nominee David Garrison, Ian Lowe, Kara Mikula, Olivier winner Lara Pulver, Sally Ann Triplett, Rema Webb, and Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck. Tony winner John Doyle ("The Color Purple," "Sweeney Todd") directs.

What is Classic Stage Company? CSC is an award-winning Off-Broadway company which is "committed to re-imagining the classical repertory for a contemporary American audience." Founded in 1967, the company performs in an intimate 199-seat venue near Union Square. More here.


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