"How many frame ups? How many shake downs? Lockouts? Sellouts? How many times machine guns tell the same old story, brother does it take to make you wise?"
Marc Blitzstein’s unabashedly anti-capitalist 1937 musical, The Cradle Will Rock, was the first musical ever shut down by the Federal Government for fear of societal revolt! A defiant indictment of capitalism and socio-political corruption, The Cradle Will Rock is as much an attack on wealth and the political power it unjustly wields, as it is an homage to those with nothing, fighting to survive. Bold, biting, and unapologetically Brechtian, The Cradle Will Rock is one of the most historically significant pieces of American theater ever to be written. Join us, as Iron Crow Theatre presents an expressionistic and highly stylized, modern restaging of Marc Blitzstein's biggest and most remembered work.
Please note that The Cradle Will Rock explores mature themes, contains adult language, sexual content and violence. The Cradle Will Rock may not be suitable for patrons under the age of 18.
* Denotes Iron Crow Theatre Artistic Associate
Book, music and lyrics by Marc Blitzstein. Directed by Sean Elias and Assistant Directed by Robert Corona*. Lighting Design by Janine Vreatt* with Properties Design by Emma Jo Shatto.
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"Blitzstein’s book retains a biting humor… The score is supple, eclectic and consistently engaging… A classically trained composer, [he] knew his Bach and Beethoven, and riffs on both to comic effect in Cradle, but the score has a jaunty, driving appeal that ultimately owes more to jazz and other pop music forms… The music rambles widely across genres, to continually revivifying effect. And when Blitzstein allows the have-nots to step forward, the impulse to skewer recedes and he reveals a gift for gently soaring melody that can be enchanting." - Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
"To call it revelatory is an understatement. This searing, hilarious and deeply affecting production…exposed the rich theatricality of Blitzstein’s 1937 attack on the evils of unrestrained capitalism… A relevant and vital powerhouse in its swift 90-minute arc…[t]he savage humor and brazenness of this show still retains impact.." - Raphael Mostel, Jewish Daily Forward
"Blitzstein’s eclectic, mostly sung-through score is a jazzy, propulsive mix of classical parody, pop tunes and dramatic ensemble numbers. Some of the music is haunting (“Moll’s Song”), some of it is funny (“Croon Spoon”) and all of it is effective, with a smoky flavor redolent of Kurt Weill but all-American in its urgency." - Michael Sommers, New Jersey Newsroom
"Infused with raw energy…Blitzstein…combined moments of realism, vaudeville, Brechtian detachment and other theatrical forms in his episodic story that continually shifted tone… His balance between spoken book dialogue and sung recitative is striking in its dramatic effectiveness" - Michael Dale, Broadway World
Friday, September 29: 8:00pm - Complimentary Opening Night Post-Performance Celebration
Saturday, September 30: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, October 01: 5:30pm
Thursday, October 05: 7:00pm - Post-Performance Discussion
Friday, October 06: 8:00pm
Saturday, October 07: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, October 08: 5:30pm
Baltimore Theatre Project
45 West Preston Street Baltimore, MD 21201