June 16, 1937
The Cradle Will Rock
Composer:Marc Blitzstein
Librettist:Marc Blitzstein
Synopsis
A deliberately one-dimensional propaganda piece about union workers triumphing over their corrupt boss, the work is a period piece of the Depression, the Young Communist League, and New Masses of the 1930s. The setting is Steeltown, U.S.A., during a union drive. Larry Foreman, Steeltown's heroic union organizer, defies Mr. Mister, Steeltown's owner, and the owner's corrupt Liberty Committee. The characters are drawn in bold stereotypes.

Productions
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Nashville OperaThe Cradle Will Rock5/10/2019 - 5/12/2019
Opera SaratogaThe Cradle Will Rock7/9/2017 - 7/16/2017


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The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase 2015

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
01:30

Number of Acts
1

Musical Style
Reminiscent of the work of Weill and Brecht. The songs satirize conventional musical-comedy models, but in a free-form style. A fusion of vaudeville, Gilbert and Sullivan, parodies of vintage American pop tunes, and work anthems. The songs were desig

Vocal & Musical Forces
Large cast; most productions use only piano, but Blitzstein composed the work for small orchestra; the 1983 American Place Theatre production used piano, piccolo, trumpet, and percussion.

Original Cast
Marc Blitzstein
Howard da Silva
Olive Stanton
Hiram Sherman


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