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Marc Blitzstein (March 2, 1905January 22, 1964) was an American composer. March 2 is the 61st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (62nd in leap years). ... 1905 (MCMV) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... January 22 is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... A composer is a person who writes music. ...


Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Jewish parents, among his works were The Cradle Will Rock, whose premiere was directed by Orson Welles, the opera Regina, an adaptation of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, the Broadway musical Juno based on Sean O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock, No For An Answer, and his off-Broadway translation/adaptation of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera. He also completed translation/adaptations of Brecht's and Weill's Mahagonny and Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children, with music by Paul Dessau. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates , Government Country  State   County United States  Pennsylvania   Philadelphia Founded Incorporated October 27, 1682 October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 369. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination of these attributes. ... The 1937 musical The Cradle Will Rock by Marc Blitzstein was originally a part of the Federal Theatre Project. ... Orson Welles in March 1937 George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was a director of film and the theatre, as well as an actor, screenwriter, broadcaster and producer. ... Regina may. ... Lillian Hellman Lillian Florence Hellman (June 20, 1905 – June 30, 1984) was an American playwright, romantically involved for thirty years with mystery and crime writer Dashiell Hammett. ... Broadway theatre is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Juno is a Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Marc Blitzstein and book by Joseph Stein, based on the 1924 play Juno and the Paycock by Sean OCasey. ... Sean OCasey Sean OCasey (March 30, 1880 - September 18, 1964) was a major Irish dramatist and memorist. ... Juno and the Paycock is a play by Sean OCasey, the second of his well-known Dublin Trilogy. It was first staged at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 1924. ... This article or section is missing references or citation of sources. ... Kurt Weill, a photo taken in Salzburg, Austria, 1934 Kurt Julian Weill (March 2, 1900 – April 3, 1950), born in Dessau, Germany and died in New York, was a German composer active from the 1920s until his death. ... The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper) was a revolutionary piece of musical theatre written by the German dramatist Bertolt Brecht in collaboration with the composer Kurt Weill in 1928. ... Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny) is a political-satirical opera composed by Kurt Weill to a German libretto by Bertolt Brecht. ... Mother Courage and Her Children (German: Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder) was a play written in 1939 by the German dramatist and poet Bertolt Brecht (1898 - 1956). ... Paul Dessau (b. ...


The dramatic premiere of the pro-union The Cradle Will Rock was at the Venice Theater on June 16, 1937. The cast had been locked out of the Maxine Elliott Theatre by government troops, and so a performance without sets or costumes took place, with actors and musicians performing from the audience and Blitzstein narrating at the piano. In 1939, Blitzstein's close friend Leonard Bernstein led a revival of the play at Harvard, narrating from the piano just as Blitzstein had done. The 1999 Tim Robbins film Cradle Will Rock was built around this somewhat-fictionalized historical event. A union (labor union in American English; trade union, sometimes trades union, in British English; either labour union or trade union in Canadian English) is a legal entity consisting of employees or workers having a common interest, such as all the assembly workers for one employer, or all the workers... June 16 is the 167th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (168th in leap years), with 198 days remaining. ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Maxine Elliott Theatre Named after U.S. actress Maxine Elliott (Feb. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Leonard Bernstein in 1971 Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American composer, pianist and conductor. ... Harvard University campus (old map) Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Tim Robbins at Cannes, 2001 Timothy Francis Robbins (born October 16, 1958) is an American Academy Award winning actor, screenwriter, director, producer, and small time musician. ... For the original 1937 musical, see The Cradle Will Rock. ...


Additional major compositions include the autobiographical radio song play "I've Got the Tune," The Airborne Symphony, and Reuben Reuben. At his death Blitzstein was at work on "Idiots First," a one-act opera based on the eponymous story by Bernard Malamud – to be part of a set of one-acts called Tales of Malamud – which Ned Rorem has called "his best work"; and the piece Blitzstein said would be his magnum opus, the three-act opera commissioned by the Ford Foundation and optioned by the Metropolitan Opera, Sacco and Vanzetti. Both Tales of Malamud and Sacco and Vanzetti were completed, posthumously, with the approval of Blitzstein's estate, by composer Leonard Lehrman (born 1949). Sydney Opera House: one of the worlds most recognizable opera houses and landmarks Opera refers to a dramatic art form, originating in Europe, in which the emotional content or primary entertainment is conveyed to the audience as much through music, both vocal and instrumental, as it is through the... Ned Rorem (born October 23, 1923) is a noted American composer and diarist. ... The Ford Foundation is a charitable foundation based in New York City created to fund programs that promote democracy, reduce poverty and promote international understanding (see mission statement). ... The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, seen from Lincoln Center Plaza A full house at the old Metropolitan Opera House, seen from the rear of the stage, at the Metropolitan Opera House for a concert by pianist Józef Hofmann, November 28, 1937. ... Bartolomeo Vanzetti (left) and Nicola Sacco (right) Nicola Sacco (April 22, 1891 – August 23, 1927) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti (June 11, 1888 – August 23, 1927) were two Italian anarchists, who were arrested, tried, and electrocuted in the American state of Massachusetts, on charges of murder of Frederick Parmenter, a shoe factory... Bartolomeo Vanzetti (left) and Nicola Sacco (right) Nicola Sacco (April 22, 1891 – August 23, 1927) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti (June 11, 1888 – August 23, 1927) were two Italian anarchists, who were arrested, tried, and electrocuted in the American state of Massachusetts, on charges of murder of Frederick Parmenter, a shoe factory... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ...


Although Blitzstein married novelist Eva Goldbeck, he was openly gay. He cited his homosexuality as the reason for discontinuing his membership in the Communist Party, which did not consider homosexuality compatible with the party's ideals. In modern society, gay is a word which can be used as either a noun or adjective. ... The word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings over time. ... The Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) is one of several Marxist-Leninist groups in the United States. ...


In 1951 Blitzstein was subpoenaed to appear before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. In closed session he admitted having been a member of the Communist Party and then refused to "name names", and wound up not being called upon to testify publicly. However, he was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses. 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... A subpoena is a writ commanding a person to appear under penalty (from Latin). ... The House Committee on Un-American Activities or HUAC (1945-1975) was an investigating committee of the United States House of Representatives. ... Playwright Arthur Miller testifies before HUAC The Hollywood blacklist was a group of primarily Jewish film actors, directors, and screenwriters in the late 1940s and early 1950s, including at least ten who were members of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), who were investigated by the House Committee on Un-American... ... A movie studio is a controlled environment for the making of a film. ...


In 1964, Blitzstein was robbed and beaten in Fort-de-France, Martinique by three Portuguese sailors after a sexual encounter. He identified his assailants, who were later convicted of manslaughter after he had died of his wounds in the hospital. Leonard Bernstein and others deemed his legacy "incalculable." On September 30, 2005, Praeger published the long-awaited Marc Blitzstein: A Bio-Bibliography, by Leonard Lehrman, at 645 pages, the longest published bio-bibliography of any American composer. It is available at http://www.greenwood.com/catalog/GR0027.aspx Fort-de-France is the capital of Frances Caribbean département doutre-mer of Martinique. ...


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Incidental music is music in a play, television program, radio program or some other form not primarily musical. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Harold Jacob Rome (1908 - 1993) was a U.S. composer, lyricist, songwriter, and writer of musicals. ... A revue is a type of theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance and sketches that satirize contemporary figures, news, or literature. ... In musical theater, a plays spoken lines are known as its book. ... The 1937 musical The Cradle Will Rock by Marc Blitzstein was originally a part of the Federal Theatre Project. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... A lyricist is an author of song lyrics. ... In musical theater, a plays spoken lines are known as its book. ... A theatre director is a principal in the theatre field who oversees and orchestrates the mounting of a play by unifying various endeavors and aspects of production. ... Pianist Glenn Gould, Toronto, 1974 A pianist is a person who plays the piano. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Image:Georg-Büchner. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A revival is a restaging of a former hit play at a later date. ... Incidental music is music in a play, television program, radio program or some other form not primarily musical. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Lillian Hellman Lillian Florence Hellman (June 20, 1905 – June 30, 1984) was an American playwright, romantically involved for thirty years with mystery and crime writer Dashiell Hammett. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Incidental music is music in a play, television program, radio program or some other form not primarily musical. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Androcles and the Lion is a play written by George Bernard Shaw. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A revival is a restaging of a former hit play at a later date. ... Incidental music is music in a play, television program, radio program or some other form not primarily musical. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... The 1937 musical The Cradle Will Rock by Marc Blitzstein was originally a part of the Federal Theatre Project. ... A revival is a restaging of a former hit play at a later date. ... The Little Foxes is a 1941 film directed by William Wyler and starring Bette Davis & Teresa Wright. ... Sydney Opera House: one of the worlds most recognizable opera houses and landmarks Opera refers to a dramatic art form, originating in Europe, in which the emotional content or primary entertainment is conveyed to the audience as much through music, both vocal and instrumental, as it is through the... A composer is a person who writes music. ... For the use of the term orchestration in computer science, see orchestration (computers) Orchestration or arrangement is the study and practice of arranging music for an orchestra or musical ensemble. ... Libretto can also refer to a sub-notebook PC manufactured by Toshiba. ... Edward Benjamin Britten, (Baron Britten of Aldeburgh), OM (November 22, 1913 – December 4, 1976) was a British composer, conductor and pianist. ... A theatre director is a principal in the theatre field who oversees and orchestrates the mounting of a play by unifying various endeavors and aspects of production. ... King Lear and the Fool in the Storm by William Dyce (1806-1864) King Lear is generally regarded as one of William Shakespeares greatest tragedies. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A revival is a restaging of a former hit play at a later date. ... Incidental music is music in a play, television program, radio program or some other form not primarily musical. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper) was a revolutionary piece of musical theatre written (in German) by the German dramatist Bertolt Brecht in collaboration with the composer Kurt Weill in 1928. ... Operetta (literally, little opera) is a performance art-form similar to opera, though it generally deals with less serious topics. ... A revival is a restaging of a former hit play at a later date. ... An Editor is a person who prepares text—typically language, but also images and sounds—for publication by correcting, condensing, or otherwise modifying it. ... This article or section is missing references or citation of sources. ... In musical theater, a plays spoken lines are known as its book. ... Lyrics are the words in songs. ... Juno is a Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Marc Blitzstein and book by Joseph Stein, based on the 1924 play Juno and the Paycock by Sean OCasey. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... A lyricist is an author of song lyrics. ... For the use of the term orchestration in computer science, see orchestration (computers) Orchestration or arrangement is the study and practice of arranging music for an orchestra or musical ensemble. ... Lillian Hellman Lillian Florence Hellman (June 20, 1905 – June 30, 1984) was an American playwright, romantically involved for thirty years with mystery and crime writer Dashiell Hammett. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ...

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