Michael Park (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), David Margulies (The Rivals), Aidan Gemme (Mary Poppins), Robert Petkoff (Anything Goes), and Matthew Saldivar (A Streetcar Named Desire) will join the previously announced Danny Burstein (Golden Boy), Raúl Esparza (Leap of Faith), Judy Kuhn (Passion), Anika Noni Rose (Caroline, or Change), Eisa Davis (The Call), Peter Friedman (The Great God Pan), Martin Moran (3 Kinds of Exile), Da'Vine Joy Randolph (What Rhymes With America), and Henry Stram (Inherit the Wind) in Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock for New York City Center's Encores! new Off-Center series. The production will play five performances, July 10-13, and feature choreography by Chase Brock with musical direction by Chris Fenwick. Sam Gold will direct.
Featuring a book and score by Blitzstein, this legendary political musical is set against the backdrop of a steel strike and follows one man's efforts to unionize the town's workers and fight against a corrupt businessman who controls the community. It was first produced in 1937 as part of the Federal Theatre Project, with Blitzstein accompanying the cast, situated in the audience on a single piano. A privately funded off-Broadway production, which eventually moved to Broadway, opened later that year.
New York City Center will feature lobby conversations with artists in connection with the musical throughout its brief run. Cherry Jones, Lisa Kron, Oskar Eustis, and Taylor Mali are among those who will appear.
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