1950s Baltimore. The conservative squares face off against the leather-clad delinquents in this rockabilly musical based on John Waters’ cult film.
Our October 2020 show at Hampton Hill Theatre will be the fast-paced musical comedy “Cry-Baby”.
This all jumping and jiving Tony-nominated musical is based on the cult classic 1990 John Waters film of the same name and was only released for performance in 2017. This American rock ‘n roll musical features a delightfully demented book from the writers of ‘Hairspray’ and a rockabilly score from the co-founder of ‘Fountains of Wayne’ and the executive producer of ‘The Daily Show’.
It’s 1954. Everyone likes Ike, nobody likes communism and Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker is the coolest boy in Baltimore. He’s a bad boy with a good cause – truth, justice and the pursuit of rock and roll. Cry-Baby and the square rich girl, Allison, are star-crossed lovers at the centre of this world.
Fuelled by hormones and the new rhythms of rock and roll, she turns her back on her squeaky-clean boyfriend, Baldwin, to become a “drape” (a Baltimore juvenile delinquent) and Cry-Baby’s moll.
At the other end of the topsy-turvy moral meritocracy of 1950’s America, Baldwin is the king of the squares and leads his close-harmony pals against the juvenile delinquents, who are ultimately arrested for arson, sending the drapes to prison. It’s Romeo and Juliet meets High School Hellcats.
A full synopsis of the show, and more detailed general information is available on the MTI page for this show: https://www.mtishows.com/cry-baby
We’ll be looking for 12 principals [6 men and 6 women] and an ensemble of 12-18 to bring 1950s Baltimore to life. It promises to be full of energetic dancing, a wealth of fun characters and unforgettable songs!
From the creative team
We believe that with this show – filled with unforgettable songs and a unique and fresh story – Cry-Baby, Allison and Baltimore’s energetic juvenile delinquents will dance their way right into your hearts and those of our audiences.
We are delighted to introduce Matthew Pimm as our Director [his first with BROS] and welcome back Melanie Edwards as Choreographer [tempted her out of retirement following 42nd Street].
Apart from a production at Arts Ed in Jan 2019, we believe this will be one of the first amateur productions of this fab-u-lous show.
Cast & Creative
|Musical Director||Martin Wilcox|
Show Date: 27-31 October 2020
Venue: Hampton Hill Theatre
|Launch night||May 12, 2020||20:00||St. Michael's Church Hall|
|Workshop||May 19, 2020||20:00||St. Michael's Church Hall|
|Workshop||May 26, 2020||20:00||St. Michael's Church Hall|
|Workshop||May 28, 2020||20:00||St. Michael's Church Hall|
|Workshop||June 2, 2020||20:00||St. Michael's Church Hall|
|Workshop / Ensemble auditions||June 4, 2020||20:00||St. Michael's Church Hall|
|Principal auditions||June 7, 2020||TBC||Kew Barn Church Hall|