It’s 1954. Everyone likes Ike, nobody likes communism and the city of Baltimore is a topsy-turvy moral meritocracy.
Enter star-crossed lovers Wade ‘Cry-Baby’ Walker – the coolest boy in Baltimore – and wealthy ingenue, Allison, who’s captivated by the bad-boy’s crusade for truth, justice and rock and roll.
Fuelled by hormones and the new rhythms of popular music, Allison turns her back on her king-of-the-squares boyfriend Baldwin to become a ‘drape’, and Cry-Baby’s girl. The stage is set for a pitched battle between the squeaky-clean, close-harmony Squares and juvenile delinquent Drapes.
This is a story straight from the mind of John Waters, the beloved writer-director and self-proclaimed weirdo behind Universal’s cult 1990 film of the same name. Cry-Baby The Musical boasts a wickedly funny book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan (Hairspray), with insanely catchy songs such as ‘I’m Infected’ and ‘Girl, Can I Kiss You With Tongue?’ by Adam Schlesinger (That Thing You Do) and David Javerbaum (The Daily Show).
Directed & Choreographed by: Leigh Evans
Musical Director: Kate Marshall
NZ Premier Production
5-14 September 2019
No Shows Mon/Tues
Tapere Nui, Te Auaha – NZ Institute of Creativity, 65 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Cry Baby - The Musical
Book by Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan
Songs by Davis Javerbaum & Adam Schlesinger
Based on the Universal Pictures film written and directed by John Waters
Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia). All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.