Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Cradle Will Rock by Marc Blitzstein

45 Bleecker Street Theater

(NE Corner of Lafayette at Mulberry St)
(By subway: #6 train to Bleecker Street Station)

Monday Sept 21, 8:00pm
Tuesday Sept 22, 8:00pm
Wednesday Sept 23, 8:00pm
Thursday Sept 24, 8:00pm

The Cradle Will Rock by Marc Blitzstein
Produced by Downtown Music Productions,
East Village Concert Series.
Music Direction: Mimi Stern-Wolfe
Directed and Choreographed by Lisa Brailoff
Artistic Coordinator: Jeannine Otis

An operetta condemning corporate greed and corruption, this 1938 Broadway musical was locked out of its theater on opening night by the Federal Gov’t for being too liberal.
Admission $20 to benefit the HOWL ! HELP Fund
Advance tickets at
Cash only tickets available at the door starting at 6:00pm until showtime.

On a June evening in 1938 director Orson Welles, producer John Houseman and the cast and crew of a new Broadway musical were locked out of their theater on opening night by armed servicemen under orders from the Federal Govt. Without costumes, sets, lights or sound, Welles and Houseman found an unused theater, rented an upright piano and marched their audience up Broadway for what has become the most historic theatrical opening ever recorded. The entire libretto performed from the audience by actors forbidden to step onto the stage, received a 40 minute standing ovation, as legend has it. An operetta about greed, corruption and the plight of the worker could not be more timely.

The Cradle Will Rock


Moll: Laura Newman
Dauber the Artist, Bugs: Michael Iannucci
Professor Trixie: Greg Senf
Larry: Mark Peters
A Gent, President Prexie, Stevie: Rob Ventre
Yasha the Violinist: Zak Risinger
Sister Mister, A Reporter: Rayna Hickman
The Druggist: Joel Abels
Professor Scoot: Tom Savage
Gus, A Dick, Cop #2: Joshua Lee Isaacs
Dr. Specialist, Junior Mister: Alex Michaels
Editor Daily, Attendant: Michael Schilke
Mr. Mister, Cop #1: Paul Malamphy
Reverend Salvation: Mark Singer
Mrs. Mister: Darcy Dunn
Ella: Jeannine Otis
The Clerk: Jason Robards III
Professor Maimi: Gavin Esham
Sadie, A Reporter: Kate Canary
On Piano: Mimi Stern-Wolfe

Photo credit:
The Cradle Will Rock, production photo (Left to right):Jason Robards III, Zak Risinger, Michael Iannucci, Michael Schilke, Gavin Esham, Mark Singer, Alex Michaels. Photo by Nathaniel Siegel. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Copyright Nathaniel Siegel.

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