By Andrew Gans
10 Jul 2013
|Photo by Matthew Karas|
Directed by Sam Gold, the production features choreography by Chase Brock, musical direction by Chris Fenwick and orchestrations by Josh Clayton. Jeanine Tesori is the Encores! Off-Center artistic director.
The cast includes Danny Burstein as Mr. Mister, Eisa Davis as Reporter/Prof. Scoot/Clerk/Dr. Specialist, Raúl Esparza as Larry Foreman, Peter Friedman as Harry Druggist, Judy Kuhn as Sadie/Editor Daily, Martin Moran as Yasha/Sister Mister, Da'Vine Joy Randolph as Ella Hammer, Anika Noni Rose as Moll/Mrs. Mister, Henry Stram as Dauber/Junior Mister, Aidan Gemme as Steve/Mamie/Cop, David Margulies as Prexy, Michael Park as Trixie/Bugs/Dick, Robert Petkoff as Professor Trixie/Gus Polock and Matthew Saldivar as Reverend Salvation.
The Cradle Will Rock, with music, lyrics and book by Blitzstein, is described as "a powerful political satire and an extraordinary piece of theater history. Set against the backdrop of a steel strike and peopled with fat-cat capitalists, brutal policemen, heroic union organizers, and a warm-hearted prostitute, Blitzstein’s 1937 battle hymn to the proletariat feels remarkably fresh."
The majority of tickets for all Encores! Off-Center productions are $25. All tickets can be purchased online at NYCityCenter.org, by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212, or at the City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues).
The new series also features Jeanine Tesori's 1997 musical Violet and the 1970's folk-rock musical I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road.