New Production of “The Cradle Will Rock” Makes Its Own Headlines

Opera Saratoga’s new production of Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock opened 9 July, and has quickly garnered attention for the work’s enduring relevance 80 years after its legendary premiere. In the New York Times, Joshua Barone discusses the work’s timelessness in “a year when political messages onstage are under acute scrutiny, and when the show’s themes are as present in the news as ever. A case about unions’ rights has once again arrived at the Supreme Court. The latest woes of a Pennsylvania steel town were recently on the front page of The New York Times. ‘Cradle’ even has a song about fake news.”

Read more:
Philadelphia Inquirer: Philly Firebrand Who Mentored Bernstein is Back in the Spotlight, Big-time
Conductor John Mauceri on Blitzstein’s legacy: Putting the Baby Back in the Cradle
La Scena Musicale: At Opera Saratoga, New Hands Rock Blitzstein’s Cradle
Albany Times Union: Opera Saratoga Performance a Moment in History & Review
Interview with director Lawrence Edelson and John Mauceri on WMHT Radio
Performance preview by Daron Hagen​

And this week, Opera Saratoga announced plans for a commercial recording, currently in the works! Stay tuned for more information.

See also: Opera Saratoga Resurrects the Original “The Cradle Will Rock”