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Billy Miller - The Cradle Will Rock

Billy’s setup from the Encores! Off-Center production of The Cradle Will Rock at New York City Center. An Incredible score written by Marc Blitzstein and brilliantly re-orchestrated for this production by Josh Clayton.

“My favorite part? The WWII reproduction of a hand cranked air-raid siren. It’s the red thing lying on the music stand.”

The show was originally a Works Progress Administration project directed by Orson Welles, and produced by John Houseman. The WPA temporarily shut down the project a few days before it was to open on Broadway. Many asserted that the musical had been censored because the pro-union plot was “too radical”. Seeking a way to privately produce the show, Welles, Houseman and Blitzstein rented the much larger Venice Theatre and a piano just in time for the scheduled preview on June 16, 1937. The 600 audience members, who had gathered outside the Maxine Elliot Theatre, travelled 21 blocks north to the Venice Theatre to avoid government and union restrictions. The show was performed with Blitzstein playing piano onstage and the cast members singing their parts from the audience.