Raúl Esparza and Anika Noni Rose Preview The Cradle Will Rock at New York City Center’s Encores! Off-Center
New York City Center kicks off its new Off-Broadway program Encores! Off-Center with The Cradle Will Rock, the 1937 Marc Blitzstein (book, music, lyrics) sung-through musical which tells the story of Larry Foreman and his attempts to unionize the town's workers and combat the greedy businessman Mr. Mister, who controls the entire town. In this glimpse at rehearsal, Raúl Esparza and Anika Noni Rose perform “Nickel Under the Foot” and “The Cradle Will Rock.” For the fascinating history of the production, read the Playbill story.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.