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Marc Blitzstein

A radical on Broadway

Born March 2, 1905, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died January 22, 1964, Fort-de-France, Martinique
About Marc Blitzstein

In addition to his own operas, some of which were presented on Broadway or show characteristics of the broadway musical, Blitzstein developed the definitive English adaptation of Weill and Brecht's Threepenny Opera, which opened at the Brandeis University Festival in Waltham, Mass, on 14 June 1952.

  • Triple-Sec (1929)
  • Parabola and Circula (1929)
  • The Harpies (1931)
  • The Condemned (1932)
  • The Cradle Will Rock, play in music in ten scenes
    Libretto by the composer.
    June 16, 1937, Venice Theater, New York, New York
  • No for an Answer (1941)
  • Regina, opera in three acts
    Libretto by the composer after the play The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman.
    October 31, 1949, 46th Street Theater, New York, New York; also 2 April 1953, City Center, New York, New York
  • Reuben, Reuben (1955)
  • Juno (1959)
  • Sacco and Vanzetti [incomplete]
  • The Magic Barrel [incomplete]
  • A New York Opera [incomplete]
  • Idiots First [incomplete]
    (completed posthumously by Leonard J. Lehrman)

Discography Search for recordings of the music of Marc Blitzstein at Amazon.com

Marc Blitzstein

Cradle Will Rock (Soundtrack to the 1999 film, including songs from Blitzstein's opera)

CD / Victor (1999)

Excerpts from Reuben, Reuben

Excerpts from Juno

Excerpts from No For An Answer

"Who Will Close the Door on a Neighbor's Misfortune?/How I Met My New Grandfather" from Idiots First

"Send for the Militia" from Parade

"A Quiet Girl" from Lunchtime Follies

The New Suit from A New York Opera

"The Russian Language/Mamasha Goose" from Goloopchik

"With a Woman to Be" from Sacco and Vanzetti


Marc Blitzstein

A Blitzstein Cabaret


CD / Premier (1994)

Marc Blitzstein

The Cradle Will Rock (includes introduction by John Houseman)

The Acting Company (with Patti LuPone)

2 CD / Jay Records (1985)

The Harpies


Adairondack Chamber Orchestra/Smith

Three American One-Act Operas

CD / Premier 1009 (1998)

Marc Blitzstein

The Cradle Will Rock (out of print)

The Blank Theatre Company, Los Angeles

CD / Lockett Palmer LPR 940411 (1994)

Excerpts from The Cradle Will Rock (original cast)

Excerpts from No For An Answer (original cast)


Marc Blitzstein

Musical Theater Premieres

New York City Symphony/Bernstein

2 CD / Pearl/Koch (1998)

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Marc Blitzstein

Cradle Will Rock (1999 film based on the premiere of Blitzstein's opera)

DVD / Buena Vista Home Video (1999)

Bibliography Search for books by and about Marc Blitzstein at Amazon.com

Addie's Blues from Regina

" Away!... The Best Thing of All" from Regina

Dry Bones from Regina

Waltz ("Do you wish we had wed") from Regina


G. Schirmer American Opera Anthology: Mezzo-Soprano

G. Schirmer 2004

"Greedy Girl" from Regina

Horace's Aria from Regina


G. Schirmer American Opera Anthology: Baritone/Bass

G. Schirmer 2004

Birdie's Aria from Regina

"Music, music, music" from Regina

"What will it be for me?" from Regina


G. Schirmer American Opera Anthology: Soprano

G. Schirmer 2004

Last update: January 1, 2009