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The Cradle Will Rock: original cast recording

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 54 min
Event Type: Music  

The original cast recording of Marc Blitzstein's proletarian opera “The Cradle will Rock,” with Blitzstein on piano. The opera is set in Steeltown, USA, and has a cast of characters consisting of "types" rather than individuals, all with suitable names to match, such as Larry Foreman, Dauber the painter, and Mister Mister, the owner of the steel mill. The words as well as the music are by Blitzstein. This program includes one of Blitzstein's most famous song, “Nickel Under the Foot”, for which the audience will need to know that the terms "put and take" refer to a form of high-risk gambling on the stock market. “Joe Worker” is a wake-up call for laborers to organize. The inspired imagery of “The Cradle Will Rock” juxtaposes the rich exploiters, shielded from all care in a cradle high up in a tree, with the workers racing around at ground level doing their bidding. The storm that rocks their cradle is the mobilization of workers unionizing, who sing, "You can't stop the weather, not with all your dough!"

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Moll's Song -- Moll And Gent -- I'll Show You Guys -- Solicitin'- Oh What A Filthy Night Court -- Hard Times...The Sermon -- Croon Spoon -- The Freedom Of The Press -- Let's Do Something -- Honolulu -- Drugstore...Summer Weather -- Love Duet
Performers:  Original cast, including
Olive Stanton
Peggy Coudray
Charles Niemeyer
Maynard Holmes
Marc Blitzstein, piano
Genre:  Opera
Subject:  Operas; Songs with piano
People:  Blitzstein, Marc; Stanton, Olive; Coudray, Peggy; Niemeyer, Charles; Holmes, Maynard
First Broadcast Date:  9/10/1989
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Don't Let Me Keep You -- Ask Us Again -- Art For Art's Sake -- The Nickel Under Your Foot -- The Cradle Will Rock -- Faculty Room -- Ella's Entrance -- Joe Worker -- Final Scene
Performers:  Original cast, including
Olive Stanton
Peggy Coudray
Charles Niemeyer
Maynard Holmes
Marc Blitzstein, piano
Genre:  Opera
Subject:  Operas; Songs with piano
People:  Blitzstein, Marc; Stanton, Olive; Coudray, Peggy; Niemeyer, Charles; Holmes, Maynard
First Broadcast Date:  9/10/1989
 
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