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'Cry-Baby' Rocks The Marquis, Opening April 24

The new musical, Cry-Baby, based upon the Universal Pictures film written and directed by John Waters, will premiere at Broadway's Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway) beginning previews Saturday, March 15 at 8PM and opening Thursday, April 24 at 6:30PM. 

Cry-Baby has songs by David Javerbaum, the Emmy-winning executive producer and former head writer of "The Daily Show," and Adam Schlesinger, Grammy-nominated for his work with the band Fountains of Wayne and Oscar-nominated for the song "That Thing You Do" from the film of the same name.  Cry-Baby's book is by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan who received the Tony Award for best book for their work on the hit musical, HairsprayCry-Baby is directed by Mark Brokaw, who is perhaps best known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, How I Learned to Drive, and choreographed by Rob Ashford who received a Tony Award for Thoroughly Modern Millie.  John Waters serves as creative consultant. 

"Baltimore, 1954.  Everyone likes Ike, nobody likes communism, and Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker is the coolest boy in town.  He's a bad boy with a good cause – truth, justice, and the pursuit of rock 'n roll – and when he falls for a good girl who wants to be bad, her charm school world of bobby sox and barbershop quartets will never be the same.  Wayward youth, juvenile delinquents, sexual repression, cool music, dirty lyrics, bizarre rejects...Finally, the 50's come to life!  For real this time!" declare press notes.

All tickets during Cry-Baby's preview period will be priced at $54 to coincide with the year of the musical's setting. 

The cast of Cry-Baby features James Snyder (Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker), Elizabeth Stanley (Allison), Harriet Harris (Mrs. Vernon-Williams), Courtney Balan (Mona), Chester Gregory II (Dupree), Christopher J. Hanke (Baldwin), Carly Jibson (Pepper), Lacey Kohl (Wanda), Alli Mauzey (Lenora), and Richard Poe (Judge Stone).

The ensemble is rounded out by Cameron Adams, Ashley Amber, Nick Blaemire, Michael Buchanan, Andrew C. Call, Eric L. Christian, Colin Cunliffe, Lisa Gajda, Stacey Todd Holt, Michael D. Jablonski, Laura Jordan, Brendan King, Marty Lawson, Spencer Liff, Courtney Laine Mazza, Mayumi Miguel, Tory Ross, Eric Sciotto, Peter Matthew Smith, Allison Spratt, and Charlie Sutton.

The scenic design for Cry-Baby is by Scott Pask; costume design is by Catherine Zuber; lighting design is by Howell Binkley; sound design by Peter Hylenski; musical direction, incidental music, and additional arrangements are by Lynne Shankel; orchestrations are by Christopher Jahnke; dance arrangements are by David Chase; wig and hair design is by Tom Watson; make-up design is by Randy Houston Mercer; fight director is Rick Sordelet; production stage manager is Rolt Smith. 

Cry-Baby received its world premiere at California's La Jolla Playhouse on November 18, 2007, playing to sold-out houses

Cry-Baby plays Broadway's Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway).  The performance schedule is Monday through Saturday at 8PM with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2PM through April 27.  Beginning the week of April 28, the playing schedule will be Tuesday at 7PM; Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM; with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2PM, and Sunday at 3PM.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Sunday, February 24; the box office opens Monday, February 25.  Tickets are $35 – $120 and may be purchased by visiting Ticketmaster.com or phoning 212 307-4100. All preview tickets are priced at $54 and rear mezzanine preview tickets are priced at $35.  For group sales, visit TDI/Broadway.com or phone 1-800-BROADWAY or 212 541-8457. For information about Cry-Baby, visit www.CryBabyonBroadway.com.

Photo by Kevin Berne: James Snyder as Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker and Elizabeth Stanley as Allison



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