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Photo Coverage: Encores! THE CRADLE WILL ROCK Celebrates Opening Night- Danny Burstein, Raul Esparza, Judy Kuhn & More!

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Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock, the inaugural show of New York City Center's new Encores! Off-Center series will play for five performances through July 13 at City Center. The production stars Danny Burstein, Eisa Davis, Raúl Esparza, Peter Friedman, Aidan Gemme, Judy Kuhn, David Margulies, Martin Moran, Michael Park, Robert Petkoff, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Anika Noni Rose, Matthew Saldívar and Henry Stram. Opening was last night and you can check out photos from the celebration below!

The show will be directed by Sam Gold and choreographed by Chase Brock; Chris Fenwick is the music director. Jeanine Tesori is the Encores! Off Center artistic director. In keeping with City Center's founding mission to make the arts accessible to all and to younger audiences, the majority of tickets are $25.

The Cradle Will Rock, with music, lyrics and book by Marc Blitzstein, is a powerful political satire and an extraordinary piece of theater history. Set against the backdrop of a steel strike and peopled with fat-cat capitalists, brutal policemen, heroic union organizers, and a warm-hearted prostitute, Blitzstein's 1937 battle hymn to the proletariat feels remarkably fresh.

The show was developed in 1937 with funds from the Federal Theater Project, a branch of the WPA. The original production, directed by Orson Welles, was shut down four days before opening. Officially, it was shut down due to WPA budget cuts, but many cited the show's pro-union themes as the government's impetus for its closing.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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Theatre Marquee for the Opening Night of 'The Cradle Will Rock' , New York City Center's new Encores! Off-Center Series.


'The Cradle Will Rock'


Matthew Saldivar, Judy Kuhn, Eisa Davis and Anika Noni Rose with Conductor Chris Fenwick in the background


Eisa Davis, Anika Noni Rose and Raul Esparza


David Margulies, Matthew Saldivar, Judy Kuhn, Eisa Davis, Anika Noni Rose and Raul Esparza


Robert Petkoff, Martin Moran, Henry Stram, David Margulies, Matthew Saldivar, Judy Kuhn, Eisa Davis, Anika Noni Rose, Raul Esparza, Aidan Gemme, Peter Friedman and Michael Parks


Anika Noni Rose


Amy Herzog


Sam Gold


Sam Gold and wife Amy Herzog


Nancy Ford and Gretchen Cryer


Conductor Chris Fenwick


Gretchen Cryer


Nancy Ford


Chris Fenwick, Nancy Ford and Gretchen Cryer


Nancy Ford, Gretchen Cryer, Dori Bernstein and Sheldon Harnick


Sam Gold and Jeanine Tesori


Sutton Foster and Jeanine Tesori


Sutton Foster and Jeanine Tesori


Leigh Silverman


Michael Greif


Michael Greif and Leigh Silverman


Aidan Gemme


David Margulies


Michael Park


Michael Park


Eisa Davis


Eisa Davis


George C. Wolfe and Tonya Pinkins


Justin Paul


Asher Fogle Paul and Justin Paul


Martin Moran


Martin Moran


Henry Stram and Martin Moran


Gretchen Cryer


Nancy Ford, Gretchen Cryer, Kathleen Marshall


Henry Stram, Martin Moran and Judy Kuhn


Matthew Saldivar


Matthew Saldivar


Sutton Foster


Sutton Foster


Danny Burstein


Rebecca Luker and Danny Burstein


Rebecca Luker and Danny Burstein


Rebecca Luker and Danny Burstein


Danny Burstein and Raul Esparza


Raul Esparza


Raul Esparza


Raul Esparza


Sutton Foster and Raul Esparza


Robert Petkoff


Robert Petkoff and Raul Esparza


Robert Petkoff


Judy Kuhn


Danny Burstein


Rebecca Luker


Rebecca Luker and Judy Kuhn


Rebecca Luker and Judy Kuhn


Anika Noni Rose


Anika Noni Rose


Anika Noni Rose


Anika Noni Rose


Anika Noni Rose and Michael Park


Anika Noni Rose and Michael Park


Anika Noni Rose and Michael Park


Anika Noni Rose and Michael Park


Anika Noni Rose and Tonya Pinkins


Anika Noni Rose and Eisa Davis


Martin Moran, Anika Noni Rose, Eisa Davis and Michael Park


Martin Moran, Anika Noni Rose, Eisa Davis and Michael Park


Martin Moran, Anika Noni Rose, Eisa Davis and Michael Park


Benj Pasek, Anika Noni Rose and Justin Paul


Anika Noni Rose and Aidan Gemme


Anika Noni Rose


Da'Vine Joy Randolph


Da'Vine Joy Randolph


Da'Vine Joy Randolph


Da'Vine Joy Randolph and Judy Kuhn


Stacey Mindich, Sam Gold and wife Amy Herzog

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