CSC presents a new production of Marc Blitzstein’s 1937 play in music, which explores corruption and corporate greed as it tells a tale of worker's efforts to unionize. More…
In Steeltown, USA, laborer Larry Foreman struggles to unionize fellow steel workers against mounting attacks from a greedy industrialist, who uses his power to influence nearly everyone else in town. Created through the Federal Theater Project, "The Cradle Will Rock" was famously shut down on the eve of opening night by federal authorities fearing its pro-labor stance.
See it if You have a fascination about this show or historical works in general-or if you don’t mind that it’s got no sets or costumes and only piano.
Don't see it if You’re expecting a full show. This is so stripped down it felt like an amateurish high school show with some performances to match.
See it if In the Round always gets to us. First seen in 1983 with John Houseman there and directing. Wanted to see it again. Theater history spectacle
Don't see it if Still no playbills. Rumor is that C.S.C is reconsidering.
See it if Blitzstein's populist 'musical drama' is nothing if not earnest yet despite it's broad strokes has moments of raw power & anger....or should
Don't see it if Doyle's lamely staged production & uninspired cast makes a dull evening & sadly wan political statement Yazbeck & Co seem defeated by it all
See it if have interest in Federal Theater and union movement, enjoy Blitzstein's music with echoes of Weill, see strong advocacy work in a musical
Don't see it if you want linear plot, don't like cliched heroes & villains or social commentary, want to learn about the famous evicted performance
See it if passionate advocacy 4 union movement vs co-opting capitalism; Tony Yazbeck's intense acting/dancing as union organizer is high point
Don't see it if boring & preachy; capitalists painted in 1-dimension as corrupters of society, literarily throw around $s; strident music; thin piano backup
See it if You’re a completist and love to see rarely-produced musicals, especially those that were written before the modern musical era.
Don't see it if You’d find a sung-through musical with atonal, unmemorable music to be interminable, no matter how well they’re sung.
See it if In night court, cases are sung and a foreman is bribed to not unionise. See a singing original cast member from "Married with Children."
Don't see it if The John Doyle Factory. Banding unions. "Don't let them hear you talk like that. You'll be deported or fumigated." Only piano accompaniment.
See it if you enjoy political satire; great voices need better music, more musical instrumentation & action; Tony Yazbeck is always wonderful.
Don't see it if Much to say but lacks substance; difficult to follow, dull production; sound at CSC is poor & I missed much of what was being said/sung.
See it if you appreciate a talented cast even when they are not used to their full potential. The themes of corruption are still relevant now.
Don't see it if you don't want to see a great cast's talents wasted on songs nobody wants to hear. It's a short production, but moves slowly.
See it if You enjoy watching talented performers in a rarely presented show.
Don't see it if You want an interesting storyline or want to really understand what is happening. The performers are great, the play is not.
See it if You would enjoy a Brechtian style revival of a musical from the 1930’s. A multi talented cast bring this play back to life.
Don't see it if You’re looking for a lightweight evening of singing and dancing.
See it if you only care about the tech/staging elements.They are wonderful.Performances are excellent.Book's a waste of time & space.Preachy blah blah
Don't see it if have ANYTHING else to do.The actors are all first rate.The story is very badly told.Music is a yawn.Lyrics are dull.This is a polemical bore
See it if you enjoy Tony Yazbeck whose talent is underused yet the highlight of the show
Don't see it if historical drama that is well done is your thing
See it if you like stripped-down musical arrangements letting the narrative lead. Like CSC’s The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui, this work is timely.
Don't see it if you can’t enjoy musical plays in which actors portray mutilple characters. Yazbeck, Garrison, Triplett, Cooper, and cast are all tremendous.
See it if agitprop musical about workers attempting to unionize & their counterparts - corrupt individuals in a 'Liberty committee"; vignettes*
Don't see it if don't like minimalist staging, want a linear story, want social stories that are more subtle
See it if you enjoy social commentary told in song. Almost an opera, with little talking. Well paced.
Don't see it if if you don't like shows in small venues with minimal sets.
See it if interested in a rarely-performed show. a bit dated and slight confusing with characters playing multiple roles (did they)
Don't see it if this is more a play with music than a musical which may annoy some.
See it if After generations passed, this show's message is more timely than ever. I never saw the original, so cannot saw if there's a better version
Don't see it if You are happy with life in 2019 USA or think everything in the world is improving. Keep your head in the sand. Read below more on headsets
See it if and only if you are a Tony Yazbeck fan otherwise skip it.
Don't see it if you saw the 1999 movie and love it because everything you loved about the movie had been REMOVED from this stage production.
See it if you want to see this rarely performed piece. It was interesting, well- conceived, and cleverly executed.
Don't see it if you aren't interested in theater that deals with political issues or you're looking for something light
See it if Interesting work from 1937 dealing with societal issues from that era.It is mostly sung through. The cast members act and sing beautifully
Don't see it if You prefer more modern works that don't deal with life issues of that time period.
See it if Historic play, with historical relevance. Talented cast. Simple production, John Doyle,
Don't see it if Period piece. Politics and labor issues. Takes some time Tom”warm up” to it.
See it if you like musicals about historical times. Tony Yazbeck is wonderful as is the rest of the cast
Don't see it if you don't like bare bones staging. One negative - the first song is drowned out by the piano. After that all was well.
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