The Cradle Will Rock is the most famous musical you’ve never heard of. Written in 1937 by Marc Blitzstein, it was chosen to be presented as one of FDR’s WPA projects directed by a 20-year-old Orson Welles and produced by John Houseman. Slated to open on June 16, 1937, the pro-union satire about capitalism and corruption, was shut down days before opening night by the Federal Theatre Project... Read more
The Cradle Will Rock
Classic Stage Company continues its 2018-2019 off-Broadway season with Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock, directed by John Doyle.
(Photos by Joan Marcus)
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The Cradle Will Rock takes place in Steeltown, USA, where laborer Larry Foreman struggles to unionize fellow steel workers against mounting attacks from a greedy industrialist, a certain Mister Mister. As a cross-section of society shows up in a night court, the extent to which Mister Mister has bought the support and control of nearly all people—the editor of the local newspaper; the preacher; the doctor; artists—and institutions becomes brazenly apparent.