The Cradle Will Rock: Musical Info & Synopsis


The Cradle Will Rock takes place against the backdrop of a strike in Steeltown, USA, during the Great Depression. The story follows a cast of diverse characters, including union organizers, businessmen, and everyday workers, as they navigate the complexities of power, greed, and justice. As tensions escalate, The Cradle Will Rock explores themes of solidarity, resistance, and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1938)

Cast Size: 12+

Genre: Drama

Setting: USA

Creative Team

Music/Lyrics/Book: Marc Blitzstein

Cast Albums

Original London Cast (1985)➝

Los Angeles Cast (1994)➝

Live Cast (2018)➝


1930s, Dramatic, OperaticOriginalPoliticalSolo Composer

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