Classic Stage Company's Off-Broadway production of Marc Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock is presented March 21–May 19 under the direction of Tony winner John Doyle. Opening night is scheduled for April 3.
The Depression-era indictment of rampant capitalism, told almost entirely in song, features Ken Barnett (Mozart in the Jungle, Fun Home), Eddie Cooper (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, This Ain’t No Disco), Benjamin Eakeley (She Loves Me, Cabaret), Tony nominee David Garrison (Dead Poets Society, The Visit), Ian Lowe (Murder for Two), Kara Mikula (Allegro, White Christmas), Olivier winner Lara Pulver (Gypsy in London, Sherlock), Sally Ann Triplett (Sweeney Todd at Barrow Street, The Last Ship), Rema Webb (The Color Purple, Violet), and Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck (On The Town, Prince of Broadway).
In the video above, members of the cast discuss how the story and themes of Blitzstein's 1937 play with music resonate today. Check out the videos below for a look inside the rehearsal process and the task of navigating the show's challenging, influential score.
The Cradle Will Rock takes place in the fictional Steeltown, USA, where laborer Larry Foreman struggles to unionize fellow steel workers against mounting attacks from a greedy industrialist, 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.
The production features sets by Doyle, costumes by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Jane Cox and Tess James, and music supervision from Greg Jarrett. Casting is by Telsey + Company.