Patti LuPone as Moll in 1983
In 1937 when Marc Blitzstein conceived The Cradle Will Rock, he felt the American dream was at risk and urged the people to reclaim it. Sound familiar? These days it seems that all of us, whatever our political views, are asking ourselves lots of big pre-November questions and you’ll be stunned by Cradle’s timeliness in this turbulent election year. The show is funny, it is angry, and it dares to dream of a more humane, less polarized society.
This fall TMTP dives into the rarely-produced master work that was so controversial in its own time that the federal government tried to shut it down. We’ll screen the 1999 Tim Robbins film about the making of the musical at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Then catch the full production in-concert at Beck Center for the Arts or Kent State University complete with pre-show talk led by Bill Rudman and Terri Kent.
Click HERE for ticket info
Click HERE to read Bill Rudman’s thoughts on The Cradle Will Rock
Click HERE for more info on the special film screening
From the edgy satire of The Cradle Will Rock (perfect for this tumultuous election year) to the soaring romanticism of Lerner & Loewe (Camelot and My Fair Lady), this season truly has something for everyone! New and returning audience members alike will enjoy TMTP favorites such as A Christmas Cabaret and our Curtain Up at the Cotton Club (back by popular demand) as well as many newly written selections including our first concert dedicated entirely to musicals written after the year 2000.
New this year, TMTP has changed its concert formatting to offer you even more opportunities to catch your favorite shows. The Song is You! concert series features a variety of multi-media presentations that celebrate musical theater as a rich American art form. Our Special Events series is a wonderful way to experience classic musical theater with smaller-scale concerts. And finally, our Rendezvous cabaret series is more accessible than ever with your choice of flexible subscription packages or single ticket options. Now anyone can enjoy these intimate evenings of fine dining and performance by exceptional local and New York acts.
To quote the groundbreaking new musical Hamilton, you’ve got to be “in the room where it happens” this season! TMTP’s Box Office opens September 1st.
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1921’s all-black musical comedy, Shuffle Along, was the most successful Broadway show of its time. The score contained the future standards “I’m Just Wild About Harry” and “Love Will Find a Way.” It marked the emergence of a new black musical theater, and desegregated theatres in New York and across the country.
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To read Talkin’ Broadway‘s review of the album, click here.
August 6th: “Isn’t That Ironic?” Songs that mean something quite different from what they seem to be saying, from “Cabaret” to “Always True to You in My Fashion.”
August 13th: “Playing With Words” Some dazzling lyrics by the great Ira Gershwin and his equally brilliant boyhood chum Yip Harburg, with performers including Judy Garland, Bobby Short and Groucho Marx.
August 20th: “Transformations” Some big moments for characters whose lives change before our eyes, including Eliza Doolittle, Dulcinea and Captain Von Trapp.
August 27th: “Martin Charnin’s 11 Best List” A delightful session with the lyricist of Annie, and recorded with a live audience. We aimed for a “10 Best” list but had to stretch it to 11!
Catch Footlight Parade in Cleveland on WCLV 104.9 every Saturday at 6pm.
You can also stream our Footlight Parade archives!
CWRU Study Finds Kids Love Musicals! to be a Valuable Tool for Student Success
As TMTP piloted Kids Love Musicals! in special education classrooms last year with curriculum based on the 1939 classic movie musical The Wizard of Oz, we knew evidence was key to demonstrating the program’s benefit. In surveys, teachers expressed awe at individual student accomplishments. Yet how could we objectively measure the intangible effects of theater-based education in each classroom or school, especially in a population of students with a considerable range of complex learning challenges and delays?
Like Dorothy, we made new friends and journeyed together. Through a unique community-university research partnership with Case Western Reserve University’s Schubert Center for Child Studies, a contract with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts VSA Program, and support from The John P. Murphy Foundation, Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and generous individuals, we have evidence from our study that musical theater can be an exceptionally effective classroom tool.
To read more about this nationally significant arts education study, click HERE.