Marc Blitzstein (1905–1964) is one of the more improbable stories among Broadway's composer-lyricists. A classically trained musician, puckish in sensibility but somber in outlook, from an affluent family, he was moved to take up Communism at least partly by the personal drama of his family's losing its fortune in the Crash of '29. Initially a composer of rebarbative, polytonal pieces, he found himself struggling to express himself in accessible, populist terms and hummable tunes—and struggling, also, to combat the feelings of guilt that beset him when he discovered his genuine affinity for tunefulness... More >>>