A composer who stood up for leftist causes through his musical compositions, Marc Blitzstein sought to tell the story of the everyday American through musical theater. As a song writer, Blitzstein also set the poetry of American poets such as e. e. cummings and Walt Whitman. His work was controversial throughout his lifetime, and he is well-known for his musical The Cradle Will Rock, as well as bringing Weill and Brecht's Three Penny Opera to American audiences.
Tyler Thompson, baritone, and John Musto, piano, perform "Stay in My Arms" at Pepperdine University as part of SongFest 2008. The YouTube video of that performance, provided in the media player to the right, is made possible through a collaboration between the Hampsong Foundation and SongFest.