GYPSY OF THE MONTH: Mayumi Miguel of 'Cry-Baby'
Before this season, the last musical to arrive on Broadway from La Jolla Playhouse, Jersey Boys, was greeted with exuberant reviews and a Tony Award for Best Musical, and it's still selling out two and a half years later. This spring, Cry-Baby also rode positive California notices cross-country from La Jolla to the Great White Way. But New York critics were hostile, and it's been struggling to fill the cavernous Marquis Theatre.
Mayumi Miguel, a member of the Cry-Baby ensemble, shrugs it off. "You always have to be prepared either way," she says. "I think it's because we did get such great reviews in California that everyone wanted to nitpick at us. We knew that for the New York audiences, we might not be 'edgy' enough and they might not think we're as good as Hairspray [the previous stage adaptation of a John Waters movie]."