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 Fast paced 90 minute musical about workers trying to form a union. Cast connects with audience, energetic and having a great time.
Don't see it if Would have liked a printed program instead of scanning a QR code. That felt cheap and tacky.
See it if a basically faithful production of a 20th landmark. the Doyle schtick works here MOST of the time. talented cast and fun to see close up.
Don't see it if not a subtle play and not a subtle production. throwing the dollars around was unecessary and distracting/ hope they'll adjust this soon.
See it if Brechtian musical of lefty politics. Tony Yazbeck, Eddie Cooper and Lara Pulver provide strong voices for Weill-like score.
Don't see it if A poor (rich) man's Threepenny Opera. Thin sound from an upright piano played by several cast members. Doyle minimalism again.
See it if You enjoy streamlined, contemporary versions of classic plays. You want a classic play w/relevant themes. You want to see a talented cast.
Don't see it if You don't like musicals in the sung-through style. You prefer contemporary musicals. You don't like intimate staging. You want light comedy.
See it if hybrid musical play w/ a terrific cast of actor-narrator-musicians appeals; fellow fan of Yazbeck or Cooper; intrigued by the play's history
Don't see it if struggle w/ focusing on sung-through stories; expecting catchy melodies or elaborate set design; unmoved by topic & playwright's tragic fate
See it if You want a chance to see a play in music - mostly sung through that isn’t done frequently. Play from 1930s is given John Doyle treatment.
Don't see it if You don’t like minimally staged musicals ; want to see a splashy traditional production or not interested in the themes including pro-labor.
See it if You want to have a visceral experience of anger and hope and despair told through song by a uniformly excellent cast
Don't see it if You have no interest in the Depression and want something light and tappable .
See it if Classic musical. rarely done. and thus rare chance to hear this score and see show! Tough minded, witty and angry piece about class divide.
Don't see it if If you are not a fan of early American musicals that explore the darker yet ever resonant aspects of the class divide.
See it if Working class and unions are still disparaged. Wealth and power divide is still getting worse.
Don't see it if Talk-sung-through musical can sometimes be hard to understand and follow. Depression era setting.
See it if you're a fan of Doyle's minimalist style; interested in a 1937 mostly sung piece about wealthy industrialists vs. union organizers.
Don't see it if not interested in a show that though very much a product of it's time, has not aged very well, yet still has moments of power.
Also I saw the 1st preview & the timing is not quite where it should be.
See it if You appreciate political allegory and/or Doyle's stripped-down aesthetic. You are into U.S. history, particularly the labor movement.
Don't see it if You are seeking a traditional musical theatre experience. Need elaborate staging, costumes, etc.
See it if you want to see this rarely performed play with music - sung well. 4 in cast are pianists - and accompany.
Don't see it if not interested in a pro-union / leftist Trump paralleled show - in vignettes. You don't like full cast unison dialogue. felt long at end
See it if you are interested in union history and seeing how today's audience relates to political theater from a different era. Power to the people!
Don't see it if you don't like operettas and period language. The rich are greedy -- we get it...not much subtlety. More a history lesson than a show.
See it if a minimalist recreation of a 1930's musical re: rampant capitalism, political graft & trying to form unions in response to corruption
Don't see it if Everyman characters, experimental songs & lyrics of the 30's w/terrific singers & musicians & great staging aren't enough to interest you.
See it if you'd like to see a 1937 play given the "Hair" treatment, with themes as politically relevant today as it was back-in-the-day
Don't see it if you're looking for a memorable musical with original ideas
See it if If you'd enjoy a B. Brecht-like musical with excellent singing & acting.
Don't see it if good execution won't make up for a weak plot.It's a series of vignettes which involve stock characters--rich people bad; workers good.
See it if interested in a new staging of a classic, John Doyle style. Excellent performances, sparse creative staging.
Don't see it if impatient. The work tends to repeat its points (dollar bills, again?) so yawns are inevitable.
See it if You just love musicals and don't care if you can follow the plot. First preview. Some synchronicity issues. Didn't connect with it.
Don't see it if You want an uplifting, fluid experience. Singing and acting very good. Three Penny Opera is a face of mine. This is not that.
See it if you'd love a sung-thru musical w Brechtian overtones. Strg pro-union (anti-fatcat) message. Some strg performances. In-the-round; only piano
Don't see it if you want good melodies. Repetitive (boring) staging: climbing on metal cans, flinging dollar bills. Issues w lighting. Some songs too long.
See it if Seeing a well-made agitprop piece of theater appeals to you. It’s melodramatic and quite didactic. It addresses class struggle blatantly.
Don't see it if It’s specifically tied to Unionbusting. and although engaging and humorous in places, it makes little emotional impact.
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March 21 - April 2, 2019
April 3 - May 19, 2019
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