Music: Postponed Cradle

Eight hundred and fifty grumbling New Yorkers crowded the sidewalk outside the Maxine Elliott Theatre one night last week. Inside actors and singers were telephoning anyone they could think of who might help them get permission from the U. S. Government to open the theatre and put on one of the most ambitious productions the WPA has attempted. Permission never came.

The Cradle Will Rock is an artistically and politically radical opera which has been in rehearsal two months. Because it had been written by talented composer Marc Blitzstein, directed by prodigious, 22-year-old...

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