Based on the 1990 cult-classic, John Waters (Hairspray) film, CRY-BABY The Musical will be presented in the Opera House’s Drama Theatre from 22 July – 15 August, 2021. Highly subversive and proudly irreverent, CRY-BABY The Musical, which won four 2018 Sydney Theatre Awards during its season at the Hayes Theatre Co, is a tongue-in-cheek homage to the teen rebel genre.
Writer and Director of the 1990 film CRY-BABY, John Waters, says: “CRY-BABY celebrates the joy all bad little teenage boys and girls feel the first time they hear music that causes trouble in their own homes. Parents hate the new sound but the kids love it. Finally, the soundtrack of their young lives can begin.“
“Aren’t all Australians secretly juvenile delinquents at heart? CRY-BABY, Hairspray’s bad little brother is coming to Sydney Opera House so look out! There might be a musical riot!”
Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Performance, Ebony Bott, says: “Fuelled by teenage hormones and the rhythms of rock and roll, CRY-BABY The Musical, is a hilarious visual feast. This wildly sarcastic musical is a quirky exploration of class, the nuclear family and beauty myths – an ultimate John Waters cult classic”.
Set during the fall of moral meritocracy in 1954 Baltimore, America, CRY-BABY The Musical tells the tale of a rock ‘n’ roll romance of hilariously absurd proportions. Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker, leader of the “Drapes” and “Square” rich girl, Allison, are the two star-crossed lovers in the centre of the provocative satirical comedy. The musical shines a light on a war against classism that shuns the values entrenched in the 50’s and portrays a city divided.
Returning from the highly successful 2018 Hayes Theatre Co is Director, Alexander Berlage (American Psycho – The Musical), Christian Charisiou (Wedding Singer) as “Wade ‘Cry Baby’ Walker”, Ashleigh Rubenach (Sound of Music, Muriel’s Wedding) as “Allison”, Joel Granger (Book of Mormon, Pippin) as Allison’s boyfriend and King of the Squares, “Baldwin”, Beth Daly (Grey Gardens, Fiddler on the Roof) as Allison’s protective grandmother, Alfie Gledhill (Griffin’s Replay) as Cry-Baby’s best friend “Dupree”, Laura Murphy (Muriel’s Wedding, Grease) as the Cry-Baby obsessed “Lenora” and Blake Erickson (Shrek).
New to the CRY-BABY The Musical cast is Melissa Russo (Fan Girls) as “Wanda”, Stacey Thomsett (RENT) as “Mona/ Hatchet–Face”, Zoe Ioannou (West Side Story), Shay Debney (Wizard of Oz), Morgan Palmer (The Book of Mormon) as the doo wop band “Whiffles”, and Chiara Assetta (West Side Story), and Jordan Tomljenovic (Mamma Mia) in the ensemble.
Photo credits: Billy Plummer and Robert Catto
CRY-BABY THE MUSICAL – EVENT DETAILS
When: 22 July to 15 August 2021
Where: Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Tickets on sale to the general public: Friday 30 April 9am
Prices: $55 + booking fee
Book by Mark O’Donnell & Thomas Meehan
Songs by David Javerbaum & Adam Schlesinger
Based on the Universal Pictures film written and directed by John Waters