Already closed | 1h 45m | Brooklyn

The Cradle Will Rock (Theater2020)

From 12 member reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

About the show

Theater2020 presents Marc Blitzstein's musical, which was born in 1937 during the Great Depression. "Cradle" sings a tale of the downtrodden, the 99%, who ultimately rise together.  More…

In "Cradle" we see artists selling out to the wealthy, healthcare influenced by big money, the press owned by big business, the church controlled by its donors and war encouraged for corporate greed. Sound familiar? The origin of this play and the events surrounding its opening night, represent a seminal moment in American Musical Theater history. 

1h 45m | Already closed | South Oxford Space (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (12)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking
79
Avg Score

86
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Relevant, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You want a revival that's relevant to today. You enjoy intimately staged shows. You like the sung-through style of musicals.

Don't see it if You prefer contemporary musicals. You like more melodic musicals. You prefer traditional staging. You prefer light, musical comedy.

78
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like what I call an old-style musical - not melodic tunes that you'll be singing, but rather a play that is mostly sung by a good cast.

Don't see it if you want a big musical production - here you have to use your imagination for the set as it is benches and chairs with a costumed cast.

85
Relevant, Resonant, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a major historic work. This seems to resonate a little more than the CSC production. Great singing and a great space.

Don't see it if you believe in the 1% and their duped followers.

Also First: if you go, take the C to Lafayette. The street the theater is o... Read more Read less

75
Great writing, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a well-sung show that tells us that problems of today have existed for many years.

Don't see it if You want a happy, sparkly musical

81
Entertaining, Quirky, Great acting, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You are a musical fan. The performance is above average.Although it feels like the talented actors are trapped in a smaller theatre in Bklyn

Don't see it if You do mind a small production in an rather intimate stage setting and if you need to go to bed early or don't want to travel to Brooklyn.

77
Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Interesting Revival of the cradle will rock. The acting was good, as well as the musical numbers which was the majority of the show.

Don't see it if You prefer a full scale Musical or prefer a lighter subject matter.

70
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Quirky

See it if You like small musicals with no decorations.

Don't see it if You are expecting a splashy musical. The second act is much more understandable and relatable.

Also The neighborhood of the theater is beautiful, with a park, and seeming... Read more Read less

81
Good acting, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you like a well-acted, classic play about the company boss abusing his employees and community

Don't see it if you can't handle capitalist greed being criticized

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Slow, Great singing, Cliched

See it if You enjoy intimate theater experiences, minimalist sets and great singing.

Don't see it if You want to be drawn into the drama.

81
Relevant, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You want to support local arts and talent, and want to see a depiction of how capitalism has not changed one bit.

Don't see it if You like big theater productions

79
Great singing, Great acting, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You like relevant topics that explore class tensions and worker/owner relations especially in our era of union busting.

Don't see it if You don't like small scale productions which rely 100% on the actor ability to engage as there is nothing to distract your attention.

87
Funny, Barebones, Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if LOVE 2020. For a fledgling company, they always find the most talented cast. David Fuller has such presence.

Don't see it if VERY barebones. Piano, wooden floor, chairs, and actors. Props to the costume design though!


June 17th, 2019
"It’s a pleasure to hear, particularly when its performed as well as it is in this production. Kudos Mr. Fitzsousa. You’ve created a first rate musical ensemble of which any musical director would be proud. Director David Fuller has put together a tight, exhilarating production of a great theater...
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