Now that Fringe is safely past, Orlando theaters are gearing up again. Here are three openings for this weekend. Are there any more?
Mad Cow Theatre, The Cradle Will Rock:
The Cradle Will Rock is one of the most extraordinary stories in the history of American theatre. This dynamic musical, a comic morality tale, follows the citizens of Steeltown, USA — Reverend Salvation, Editor Daily, Dr. Specialist, Harry Druggist, and others—as they corrupt themselves under the control of Mr. Mister, the powerful steel magnate. Composer Mark Blitzstein described it as “a labor opera composed in a style that falls somewhere between realism, romance, vaudeville, comic strip, Gilbert and Sullivan, Brecht, and agit-prop” It was the first American musical written from a working class perspective and it laid the groundwork, in its politics and its construction, for later shows as varied as Cabaret, Hair, Pippin, Chicago, Assassins, and Rent. The New York Times said that The Cradle Will Rock “has qualities of genius . . . It catches fire, it blazes, it amuses and grips the listener.”
The Cradle Will Rock is directed by Mad Cow Theatre Artistic Director Alan Bruun with musical direction by Robin Jensen. The cast features David Almeida, Eric Bridges, Brett Carson, Stephan Jones, Jonathan Lang, Ame Livingston, Todd Allen Long, Melissa Mason, Alex Mrazek, Janine Papin, Joe Reed, Alan Sincic, and Jenny Weaver. Lighting design is by Erin Miner and costumes by Jim Walker.
The Cradle Will Rock runs from June 4 – July 4, 2010 at Mad Cow Theatre, 105 South Magnolia Avenue in Downtown Orlando. Tickets can be purchased through the Mad Cow Box Office at 407.297.8788 or online at madcowtheatre.com.
WHO: Mad Cow Theatre
WHAT: The Cradle Will Rock
A musical by Marc Blitzstein
WHEN: Friday June 4 – Sunday July 4, 2010
WHERE: Mad Cow Theatre
105 South Magnolia Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
$28 regular; $26 seniors/students
Special Preview Performances on June 2 and June 3 @ 7:30 pm, tickets $10
Special Industry Night performance on Mondays June 16 & June 28 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15. Call the Box Office at 407.297.8788 for details. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Mad Cow Theatre Box Office at 407.297.8788 or online at http://www.madcowtheatre.com/.
Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more.
Breakthrough Theatre, Showstopper: The Songs of Kander & Ebb:
Theatre Downtown, Sordid Lives:
Back by popular demand!
Sordid Lives by Del Shores
Directed by Fran & Frank Hilgenberg
Featuring Pam Baumann, Adam Shorts-Boarman, Victoria Burns, Adam Del Medico, Wyatt Glover, Peri Hope Goldberg, Jamie Lyn Hawkins, Marion Marsh, Fred Monahan, Caroline Ross, Doug Boarman-Shorts, Katrina Tharin, Dean Walkuski and James Zelley.
Special guest artist Peg O’Keef will perform June 4 and 5
An opening night reception will be held after the show at the Imperial at Washburn Imports.
A Wine Bar and Beer Garden specializing in boutique wines and craft beers.
1800 N. Orange Avenue Orlando FL 32804